Birmingham’s Premier Samba Band

Want to Play and Parade with Oya in 2014? here’s how.

Come to these workshops and join us on parades in Measham, Shifnal , Liverpool and London Notting Hill*.

We also run in depth technique sessions on Monday nights at the same venue so you can keep up your performance skills on more than one instrument if you choose or keep improving with your favourite.

All sessions are just a fiver.

Instruments are supplied and the Monday sessions are suitable for any level.

We are able to offer trade prices if you wish to purchase your own instrument. Talk to us !

DANCERS !! If you just would like to come down and dance, there is a separate stage area for you, we are very interested to talk with you if you have skills or would like to develop your Samba dancing with a group. Any teacher who is interested in running  and teaching a group, please get in touch to discuss the possibilities.

Posted 8 months, 1 week ago at 12:01 pm.

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OYA AT BRAZILICA 2013 !! WE’LL BE BACK July 19th 2014

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BRAZILIAN PERCUSSION TECHNIQUE with Richard Sealey . (founding member of Birmingham School of Samba 1989 )


Suitable for all levels, beginners onward.

Learn individual skills and play with the bateria. All instruments provided .

Richard is aTeacher, Musician, Dancer, Artist and a founder member of Birmingham School of Samba (1989 )

He brings an infectious energy and enthusiasm to these classes.

£5/£4 …your first session is free

@MUTHERS STUDIOS.  REA ST S. DIGBETH B5 6LB ( 10 mins walk from New St rail or Digbeth Coach Station )

SUPER SAMBA SUNDAYS with John Richards - founder and Musical Director of Oya batucada and North Somerset School of Samba

These are held on the first Sunday of each month starting February 3rd

If you want to join Oya at Brazilica and or NottingHill Carnival 2014 you need to get along to these to learn the rhythms we’ll be playing, the moves we’ll be making and help to devise the costume and visual themes.

It’s going to be Oya batucada’s greatest year EVER..




Posted 9 months, 2 weeks ago at 2:26 pm.

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Monday night’s Percussion workshops are now at Muthers Studios from 6.45 til 9pm. We have been joined by Richard Sealy who now jointly leads these sessions. Richard is a Teacher, Musician, Dancer and Composer and one of the founder members of Midlands School of Samba dating back to 1988 ! He brings an energy and enthusiasm to these classes and continually challenges all participants to extend their knowledge and expertise with percussion. ALL levels of experience will gain something from these workshops. Phone JC on 07504 263 039 for enquiries.

DECEMBER’S SUPERSAMBA SUNDAY workshop and party was held on Sunday December 1st from 2pm til 5pm led by John Richards, followed by end of year social and samba de roda , with HOT SOUP, mulled wine, FREE caipirinhas and mince pies on sale. Fantastic vibe as usual.Big thanks to all involved and working for Oya throughout the year

Posted 11 months ago at 4:57 pm.

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Yes its that time again when we unite with our Musical Director John and his new Samba children The North Someset Sambistas.

This time with a difference

Its by the sea !!

In Clevedon near Bristol

If you want to come to this one , get in touch as we’ll be sharing lifts and that kind of thing to keep our costs down .

We always have a fantastic time down there, so don’t miss out.

Posted 1 year ago at 4:23 pm.

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Autumnal Update 2013

Hey lovers of fine Samba, sorry if there’s been an absence of dates for you to peruse and select, but what with our hectic summer and then a last minute invitation to Notting Hill Carnival to play with our good friends at Dende and Mac Preto Velho, this side of things has been neglected somewhat.

But to make up for that we now present a plethora of dates n events for you Our next dates are as follows

14th September  Gig and open workshop starting 12 pm at Yorkswood Community, Horne Way, Shard End, B34 7SW.
14th September Gig at 6pm in Clevedon ( nr Bristol ) Seafront, then 7 at Marlens Festival, Clevedon with North Someset Sambistas
23rd Monday workshop @ the edge
30th Monday workshop @the NEW VENUE A3 Project Space

Unit A1
2 Bowyer Street
B10 0SA

and Oya will be rehearsing there on Monday nights 6.30 for 7 til 9
Join us

6th October super samba sunday workshop with Director John Richards @ Rogueplay, Minerva works, Fazeley St Digbeth with guests from Bloco Louco in preparation for :
12th October Charity Samba Parade with United Sambistas of Birmingham. Opening the Oxjam Takeover festival
14th October Monday workshop @ NEW VENUE A3 Project Space
21st   ditto
28th   ditto
etc.. ie  the first sunday of each month is usually a supersambasunday and the next day, monday there is no workshop
otherwise workshops are held every monday !
I really hope you find the time to join us  for one or more of these.

Posted 1 year, 1 month ago at 7:44 pm.

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Dates announced for the Summer so far include :

June 22nd Measham ‘Heart of the Forest Festival’ Parade

June 23rd Arrow Valley Park- Redditch

June 29th Shifnal Carnival Parade

July 6th Balsall Heath Carnival Parade  ( TBC )

July 13th Ambergate Carnival

July 14th ‘Simmer Down Festival’ , Handsworth Park, Birmingham

July 20th /21st Liverpool ‘Brazilica Festval’ Evening Parade


PLAYERS: If you want to join us ….DO. workshops every monday, Full rehearsals Sunday june 2nd and July 7th at Minerva Works, Fazely St, Birmingham.


Posted 1 year, 5 months ago at 6:45 pm.

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-Mestre JR takes off !                        

Posted 1 year, 7 months ago at 6:49 pm.

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OYA The Weekender

Having ended May with a trip to Stafford and their leg of the Olympic Torch Relay we then ended June by parading at Shifnal Carnival, followed by a mad drive back to another Olympic Torch Relay in Birmingham with Mariana Pinho and CDoB Capoeira which ended in a massive jam with a fantastic global mistura with members of Birmingham Conservatoire and Babatunde.

Oya batucada s Olympic Legacy !

Then off to watch Nova Guarda’s first gig in Birmingham…did we sleep that night ? Not sure, but we were dreaming Samba, because the next night we played afull-on carnival extravaganza with the Sons and Daughters of Xango at the Cross in Moseley.

A crazy weekend with so many good memories !

Posted 1 year, 8 months ago at 4:19 pm.

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Samba Flashmob !

On 16th June at Canon Hill Park bandstand a group of Oya irregulars - hastily rebranded as”Bateria Incognita ” performed on behalf of Birmingham Friends of the Earth to highlight the G20 discussions being held in Rio de Janeiro to mitigate the effects of climate change. After the press had got their pictures of us and quotes for their publications, we were able to join with the good folks at ” Celebrating Sanctuary Festival” what a day that was !

Posted 1 year, 8 months ago at 10:27 am.

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