MacUmba are a group of eight musicians based in Scotland who mix the traditional sounds of Scottish bagpipes with the sounds and rhythms of Brazilian and Caribbean percussion.
We began as a batucada (or drumming group) which grew out of a series of drumming workshops held at the Glasgow School of Art. Subsequently, we added various combinations of flutes, guitars, bass, voices etc. to our batucada, and performed at many events throughout Scotland. About six years ago, we were asked to play at a football cup final, and added bagpipes to the batucada to be more in line with the football tradition of bagpipes and drums. This combination proved very popular, and since then we have played at many events and festivals all over Europe, in Japan, the USA, Cuba, and in Venezuela.
The normal instrumentation of the band is three pipers and five percussionists, although we may also be augmented by the addition of Scottish or Brazilian dancers.
festivals we have played at include...
Recent radio and television appearances include...
worked closely with the British Council and Scottish Trade
International on several occasions. We perform in costume which adds
a very visual aspect to MacUmba's live performances.
What's been said
this band immediately - they'll be a sensation!"
The Inverness Courier
"This is fiery
stuff that will set the blood alight."
The Scots Magazine
beast apart from any other Scots ethnic/roots band, and a wonderful
one at that. Don't Hold Your Breath is music to marvel
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