Here are our amazing performers bringing true Brazilian spirit to Lagos Carnival!
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Thanks to an incredible community we had an amazing time at Lagos Carnival with 28 drummers and dancers! The kids stole the limelight of the whole event and brought true Brazilian roots back to a carnival which was otherwise lacking in live performances.
Once again we were the only self sponsored group at the event, also the only group with live drumming and had less than a week to prepare but none of that mattered because on the day these kids really rocked carnival… and they look fabulous too!!
On Sunday 5th April 2015 the children and young people of ESC took advantage of it being Easter Sunday and arranged a parade throughout the local streets of Ijegun-Egba, Satellite Town. A group of 18 drummed with great enthusiasm, drawing people out from their homes, shops and churches to enjoy the spectacle.
The parade was met with great appreciation of the talent and skill of the youngsters, with many new children asking to join the group. The kids proudly showed their local community what they have been developing each week – a huge success for all.
Happy New Year everyone! We are still enjoying the after-glow of performing at Africa’s largest carnival. THANK YOU so much to all of you who donated funds to help get us to Calabar. We were the only self-sponsored group at the event and the only Nigerian group from outside Calabar. The kids had a truly life-changing experience both on and off stage… and have come back to Lagos full of self belief and buzzing with pride and fulfillment. We truly could not have achieved this dream without all of you — we are eternally grateful. Samba is gaining a strong foot-hold in Africa… watch this space!
A group of talented drummers from ESC performed at Copa Lagos Beach Soccer event (http://www.copalagos.com/) this past weekend and wowed the crowds with their samba skills. They paraded on the beach for the first time and played in the arena to a lively receptive audience who really loved their performance. The weekend performances were a great learning experience ahead of Calabar Carnival which ESC is due to partake in at the end of the month. One of our younger members told us it was the best day of his life which really made us feel proud and happy to be part of such an inspiring project.
Just this week we heard the incredible news that Èkó Samba Community has been accepted to take part in this year’s Calabar Carnival (www.carnivalcalabar.com). We are over the moon as this has been a dream for us since the project began almost 4 years ago. We have just 2 weeks to raise the necessary funds to help us get a group of kids from Lagos to Calabar to take part in this prestigious event and we really need your help to do it. Please contribute via our DONATE button and show these kids you believe in their abilities as much as we do.
On Thursday 12th June 2014 Èkó Samba Community was invited to perform on the opening night of the World Cup 2014 at Rhapsody in VI, Lagos. With the Brazilian hosts taking on Croatia in the opening match, energy was high and the great atmosphere quickly spread to Lagos. The samba vibes were truly contagious and the kids enjoyed performing to an enthusiastic crowd who were transported to Brazil with each beat of the drum. We look forward to our next performance at Rhapsody (Ikeja location), on June 16th when Nigeria will play their first World Cup match against Iran.
On 9th June 2014 the Nigerian Entertainment site, Pulse invited Èkó Samba Community to perform at their launch of Pulse Sports for the World Cup 2014 in Brasil. This was an exciting opportunity for ESC to perform a short set in preparation for the upcoming gigs they have lined up throughout the World Cup. It was also great exposure for the kids involved and the project as a whole.
Check out the video below!