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The London School of Samba: True Pionners of Rio Brazil Carnival Parades in UK

As part of our effort to present Samba Schools around the world, with the authentic Brazil/ Rio Carnival twist, we proudly present LSS – London School of Samba.  Below readers will be able to learn a little bit more of this prestigious samba school in the UK. Congrats for everything they have accomplished so far!

LSS is proud to be the godparent of Samba in the UK. Formed by a nucleus of 12 musicians in January 1984, its colours of green and white were given by its first Mestre de batería.  This was in honour of one of the greatest Samba Schools in Rio, Mocidade Independente de Padre Miguel.

London School of Samba

Its  first Carnival parade in Notting Hill was in honour of Mocidade.  

They were also guests of honour when LSS played with them at the 3rd European Samba Encontro in London in 1989, and again for its 25th anniversary at Notting Hill Carnival in 2009.

Of the drummers who were founding or early members of our School a remarkable number were amongst the best Samba, Salsa or Jazz musicians in this country at the time – notably João Bosco de Oliveira (Mestre de batería), Robin Jones (who went on to form King Salsa), Roberta Pla (who formed Valdez, the first Salsa band in London), Alan Hayman, Gerry Hunt, Carlos & Pato Fuentes, Dave Patman, Liliana Chachian, German Santana, Hamish Orr, Dawson Miller and Dave Bitelli amongst others.

London School of Samba


LSS played its first official gig at Covent Garden Piazza on April 1st 1984.   In August 1984, LSS was the first Samba School to play at the Notting Hill Carnival and introduced Brazilian Carnival to the parade. Since then, they have achieved the best results so far for any non-Caribbean band in the Notting Hill Carnival (first place in the Samba category in 2009 and 2006 as well as third place over all).   For the last five years, they have consistently been in the top ten of all the parading bands in the Notting Hill Carnival.

There other major performances over the last 25 years include concerts throughout the UK and Europe.  They welcome new members to their ranks – join LSS for open access dance and percussion classes in Waterloo every Sunday.

Below the beautiful samba dancers from LSS!

London School of Samba


Some interesting Facts of London School of Samba:

In 1984 the first Samba school in the UK established as London School of Samba (LSS)

Gigs played to date total more than 1,000

Workshop participants to date total over 31,000

Performed to a combined audience of over 1,500,000

Performed in UK, Russia, Sweden, Finland, Germany, France, Algeria and Spain

Currently there are over 200 active members

Paraded in Notting Hill Carnival for 26

Judged in the top ten of the Notting Hill Carnival parade every year since 1999

First place in the Samba Bands category in 2009 and 2006 and has come third place overall in Notting Hill Carnival for several years running.

Below we see a video of the traditional samba school from London! 

London School of Samba Mission´s Also Include:

To entertain, educate, and engage the public in traditional Brazilian carnival arts, for cultural, social and educational benefit:



Costume design and making

Carnival parade

History of traditional Brazilian carnival arts

As well as opportunities for artistic and personal development to:

Facilitate personal artistic development

Facilitate artistic development in order to perform at LSS events

Provide the opportunity to perform and participate at the world renown Notting Hill Carnival

Provide the opportunity to volunteer and to learn about and contribute to the running of the school

And entertainment for:

Carnivals and festivals


Community and charity events

Schools and educational centers

Below, a fantastic shot of the front line of Drummers of London School of Samba.

London School of Samba


2011 Carnival: The London School of Samba Press Release & Info

“Zé Malandro and the Forty Thieves”“Open Sesame, minha gente!”

It’s Carnival time – registration now open for LSS

18 April 2011 – and already the adrenaline is rising.   There’s glitter, and the smell of glue guns in the air and we are looking forward to singing and playing our new Samba de Enredo, the bateria are awaiting their new breaks, the dancers are looking forward to new moves and the talk is of “what will I be wearing at carnival this year?”

Join the London School of Samba on their magic carpet ride to the Notting Hill Carnival.

Registration for the London School of Samba’s parade at Notting Hill is now open and will close promptly on May 15th 2011.   There are ways for everyone to take part – read on to find out how!

Today we can also reveal our costume designs for 2011.   Designed by Marianne & Nicola of Vortex to reflect our theme. This is going to be a truly fantastic carnival – and now’s your chance to be part of an award-winning parade. The emphasis on this year’s carnival is to be more relaxed, with more time to enjoy carnival and still put out a fantastic parade, with minimal stress!

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