The new year has been a busy time for AK Samba, with one road trip and several gigs.
We were invited to play at the Bethells Beach Community Day, which was a blast. This is a special place and the band went for a stroll along the beach after an energetic gig.
A week later the band hit the road to play a couple of sets at the Boardies & Bikinis Festival near Raglan. It is great to play when you have the audience right on your sides and dancing to your beats.
Check out the video
We have some private bookings to play but our next public show is a busk for Plunket on March 9th at 5.30 outside the Downtown Westfield on Queen St.
Then we play at the International Cultural Festival on April 1st followed by the Jambalaya Festival at Easter.
Watch out for our next workshop which is planned for April!
We played at the Wings Of Hope fundraiser for the Japanese earthquake appeal on May 8th.
We arrived at a sunny Aotea Square to the sounds of Haere Mai Taiko Drummers and thought it would be a great idea to ask them if they wanted to play along with AK Samba.
They loved the idea and played along for our whole set of 5 tunes, which we all enjoyed. There were plenty of people watching and the collection buckets were rattling with cash.
This is the first time there has been a samba/taiko collaboration in New Zealand, and maybe the first time ever in the world.
See a video here.