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Ripple Escola de Samba are from Ripple Primary School in Barking, Essex. The group ensemble is born out of a world music project and has since gone from strength to strength.
The group has raised aspirations from the school to the wider community and celebrate the joy of expressing themselves through their music. Since the band formed, they have performed at the Pride of Britain awards in front of Prince Charles, the Purcell Room at the Southbank Centre and at Turkey's International Children's Festival in Fethiye.
This summer saw a truly inspiring event with London 2012. Starting with the torch relay, which Ripple Escola de Samba were a part of, and culminating with the handover to Rio de Janiero, the home of samba! Ripple Escola de Samba will show this transition through music, starting with the continuation of the London groove, wending its way via partido alto (a “baby” samba groove) before hitting the full carnival experience in Rio with the energetic batucada!
Musical Director: Chris Marshall
Band Leader: Jeffery Gomes
Age range of performers: 7-14
Performing: Handover to Rio Trad