At Sambiesta, the possibilities are endless.
We are entertainers.
We are friends, lovers, and family.
We are exploration and adventure.
We are the grounding beat to that song in your head.
Incepted in 2007, the Singapore-based percussion band started out with an Afro-Brazilian set up – commonly referred to as Samba. From a 10-man percussion outfit, Sambiesta today, is more than 40-strong.
As any Samba Bateria would have, some of our favourite toys include: Surdos, Caixas, Repinique, Tamborims, Agogo Bells, Chocalhos, Congas, Djembes and Timbals.
Sometimes, we’ll bring the other toys out to play.
Keyboard? Guitars? Vocals?
Sounds like our kind of playground.
The Auxiliary section consists of 2 main instruments: the Agogo Bells and the Chocalhos. While the chocalhos perpetuates the unique Samba swing, the agogo bells create the melody for the band. When our catchy tunes get stuck in your head, they are often the people to blame.
The Caixa section (pronounced Kai-sha) is the driving force of our bateria. Arguably the most recognizable instrument due to the similarities with the modern Snare drum, the Caixa helps to keep the rhythm steady and consistent. They are also the key players when it comes to songs with drum and bass.
Repinique & Vocals
The Repinique is the leading instrument of the Samba band. Transitions and song breaks are communicated via the Repinique players. Even though this two-headed Brazilian drum looks relatively small, it is one of the loudest drum in the bateria. It is pivotal to the Samba swing you hear in all Samba songs.
We also involve vocalists and keyboardists in some of our modern mash-ups. These talented individuals help to bridge the gap between traditional samba music and modern funk/pop music, making it a lot more relatable and palatable to the audience.
The Surdo section is unquestionably the heartbeat of the bateria. Responsible for keeping the groove grounded, their beats mimic regular heartbeats. With 4 different tones, the surdo line creates rhythms worth shaking your head and hips to.
The Tamborim section is the showstoppers. While delivering sick beats on their drums, they are also the ones with the best dance moves. Seemingly small, Tamborim sounds are easily one of the loudest in the bateria. Their sharp, crisp beats are the most discernible apart from the agogo melody.
The Timbal is the only hand drum in our bateria. Despite having only one drum surface, it is amazing how many different sounds the Timbalists are able to create just with their two hands. The timbal sound is different as it has a hollower resonance as compared to sharper beats in the bateria.
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The band has performed in both local and international art & music festivals. Globally, members of Sambiesta have performed in Los Angeles, Ireland, Liverpool and Germany. Back home, we like to spice things up at street performances and help celebrate milestones with corporate gigs for brands and companies.
Sambiesta is committed, (read: addicted) to making waves locally and internationally. The possibilities of what one can do with drums, beats and rhythms are endless.
Sambiesta brings music and energy to your events. Simply reach out to us to find out how we can customize our performance to your event.
We are always happy to meet new friends. Just give us a buzz anytime.