Here’s the main people currently behind The African Sambistas. There are people missing from here who have supported us over the last few years and whom we thank. Our regular drummers and dancers have performed on cold and rainy days, honouring their commitment to perform. We thank everyone who has contributed, we know who you are.
Libby is our dance director and teacher. You’ll find her at classes, workshops and performances with her boundless enthusiasm for dancing and getting the crowd going. Libby is good at improvising and invented some great stories for our festival theme which entertained the adults as much or maybe more than the children.
Adam started with us in 2018 and plays the surdos. He’s responsible for keeping track of who’s paid at classes, a really important job for us since we are self funded.
Tom used to co run the group with Lucy. He first joined as a drummer in 2014, left for a bit and then returned full time in 2015. Described as being “weird in a good way” he is always looking for ways a spreadsheet could improve things. Tom can occasionally be seen directing the band with his own unique interpretation of some of the signals. – Tom still joins us for various gigs and will often lead when Jordan is otherwise engaged 🙂
Rachel De Garang