Samba Drumming

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My name is Gez, I direct the bateria of Unidos em Ritmo.

Apart from playing other music, I’ve directed samba drumming groups for over 20 years, first with Beyondrum after meeting Bahian bloco Olodum and Manchester’s Inner Sense. I’ve been green and white as often as possible since 2002, as the London School of Samba is contagious. They are also my earliest memory of samba, witnessed on London’s south bank and Covent Garden in the 1980’s and never forgotten.

Our samba drumming instructor Gez directing the London School of Samba's bateria at Notting Hill Carnival
With Unidos de Londres (London School of Samba) bateria, Notting Hill Carnival

I have been privileged to work with the London School of Samba, Brighton School of Samba, Estrondo, Carnival Collective, Beats Culture, and b-loco. It’s always an honour to play with Verde Vai, Maracatu Estrela de Norte, afro bloco Eri Okan, Semente Bateria or Batuque Dub. Now we can play some good samba in Leeds as well.

b-loco with instructor Gez posing at music awards ceremony in 2008
b-loco, 2008


Find out more about samba drumming in Leeds, West Yorkshire with Unidos do Ritmo bateria here.