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Acquiring their name from a north Brazilian drumming tradition predicated on West Africa’s Yoruba religion, Macumba’s music also attracts over the Voodoo noises of Haiti as well as the Santa Ria religion of Cuba. They originally produced out of the drum workshop distributed by John Gilmour to Glasgow artwork students in the first 90s. Therefore enthralled had been the learners that Gilmour was asked to place the group on the permanent footing, by adding five pipers in the Neilston And Region Pipeband Of Barrhead. After that, by requirement, the group’s account has been liquid, from less than three (playing Musica Populaire de Brasil) to a complete 30-piece set up. The mix of samba, specially the north Brazilian tradition as well as the xaxado, frevo and maracatu rhythms, followed by highland piping, provides produced a distinctive sound. In functionality these are led by Johnny Beaver, and make use of Brazilian percussion components like the pandéro (tambourine), agog bell and chocalho (shaker). Traditional tube songs are modified to complement the current presence of the percussionists, creating a far more powerful cross types than traditional Scottish tube music. The group possess played twice on the Drogheda Samba Celebration, and in 1993 performed on the Scottish Group Cup last between Rangers and Hibernian. By adding vocalist Lynne O’Neill they documented the wonderfully upbeat Don’t Keep Your Breath.

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