Coromandel gig

We were delighted to be invited to play at Illume Coromandel Winter Festival Of Light on 12th July. So in what seemed to be the stormiest weekend we’ve had, we packed up our cars and headed off into the rain for another wonderful Samba roadtrip.

We were kindly put up at The Culdian House – which overlooked a duckpond and was just around the corner from the magnificent Driving Creek Cafe (which would come in handy the next day).

Due to the rain, the gig had been moved indoors into the school hall. On went our glow in the dark t-shirts and Adam Ant face paint and we walked onto the candlelit stage to play a 40 minute set to the Coromandel community. It took a while for the crowd to warm up but as usual we had people up and dancing by the time it was finished.

After the set we went outside to play gentle samba beats as families let off beautiful rice paper lanterns into the night sky – luckily it had stopped raining by this point!

With our instruments packed away, the night finished with delicious pizzas from a local eatery and then 3 hours of dancing at the drum’n’bass party at The Chai House (those light up t-shirts came in handy again)

What a wonderful community festival – thanks for having us Coromandel!

Here is a video of the night


AKSamba rocks the Roller Derby

AKSamba had the pleasure of playing for our friends Pirate City Rollers at the Roller Derby finals between Dead Wreckoning and Alpha Beta Slammers. This event was held at the YMCA on July 16 and was sold out days in advance. AKSamba loves Roller Derby!

Feeding off the good vibes and positive energy from the fabulous ‘up for it’ crowd, AKSamba played a short punchy halftime set that included material we have been working on with Mestre Fred from London School of Samba.

Well organized and a great gig to play, thanks to Pirate City Rollers and the Roller Derby crowd. You ROCK! Well done Alpha Beta Slammers, who won the Black Dahlia Cup in the final seconds.

Congratulations to Chris and Margo who made their AKSamba performance debuts and also Mandar for his second only gig. Chris, Margo and Mandar joined the AKSamba fun after attending one of our workshops.


Taiko/samba collaboration at the Japanese earthquake gig

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.

Haere Mai Taiko and AKSamba