Umbela Arts Presents Festa Umbela


After October’s banging Maracatu event at Rich Mix, Festa Umbela is forging ahead with new collaborations. Our next installment brings an extra special night of Afro-Brazilian grooves, Samba-Reggae Explosion #1 on Sunday November 27th.


Two amazing drum ensembles will take you on a journey in African themes, through roots carnival drumming from Bahia in Brazil, Jamaican lyrics and the urban vibes of the UK. ERI OKAN from London and OYA BATUCADA from Birmingham will be rocking the house with their Brazilian beats, songs, horns and dance! With DJ K from Brixton Beach Party it will be an entertainment filled evening which is totally FREE!! Get ready to listen to beautiful music and dance the night away. Bring your friends, there’s no other night like it in London!


This FREE live music event is part of the monthly FESTA UMBELA programme at RICH MIX






Afro-Brazilian Roots Drums, Dance and Song AFRICA - BAHIA - LONDON


The cultural movement grows, breathes and with each breath ideas are born. ERI OKAN: a band, an afro block, an expression of original street culture, integral to London; its roots in Samba-Reggae and the Afro-centric music of Bahia fused with Afro Beat and Jamaican Reggae.


At the core of an ERI OKAN performance is a drum section who knock out the wicked sounds of the repinique, timbau, surdo and caixa, backing up the singing and songwriting talents of Xavier Osmir (Brazil), and Marcina Arnold (UK)




A storming drum group with a great following in their own back yard, Birmingham, Oya Batucada has been around for the last 10 years sharing their very special Brazilian beats, carnival vibes and roots music. With the addition of a four piece horn section known as SONS AND DAUGHTERS OF XANGO and Brazilian vocalist Monica Guerra the band really mix it up.

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