Acoustic roots duo MAMBO JAMBO

We’ve done a lot of educational work, in schools, with adult and community groups, plus Early Years sessions and also delivering workshops as part of festival programmes.

In 2017 we were commissioned by “The Big Malarkey” Hull Children’s Literature Festival to provide a workshop involving storytelling and music for early years children. We were also on a “Composer Residency” programme in a primary school, co-composing a piece that was performed at Hull City Hall. In 2018 we’ve been awarded a grant by East Riding Music Hub to deliver schools workshops and performances, plus booked for “Concerteenies”, performances for early years. For “The Big Malarkey” 2018 we’ve been commissioned for new workshops and shows; “Music And Storytelling” and “Nonsense”

Hawarden High School

We are very happy to deliver a tailor made workshop or community engagement project according to your needs! Do contact us to discuss

Some of the workshops we offer are:

 – ‘Let’s Get Creative With Music, Voice   &  Body Percussion’
 – Music & Storytelling
 – Samba dance plus samba reggae dance with live drumming
 – Learning a Brazilian song & dance to perform
 – Mardi Gras & Carnival Workshops
 – A Day In The Amazon Rainforest, a Soundscape Project
 – European songs and dances
 – Cuban rhythms
 – Multicultural – Songs from around the world including songs in Spanish/French/Portugese/
 – Spanish Flamenco dance with live guitar
 – ‘Handa’s Surprise’, for Early Years
 – Theme of water, including performing Sea Shanties

For some of the above workshops we’ve produced live recordings that the school can have a copy of to use as a future resource
See our Blog about schools workshops for more info and videos!

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We also offer ‘World Music Participatory Performances’:

Presenting many instruments and styles from all over the world.

Styles include Cuban, Cajun, West African drum pieces and songs, Carnival songs, samba and salsa, Eastern European, Bluegrass music, Middle Eastern and island sounds.
Instruments include guitar, saxophone, flute, clarinet, banjo, the Cuban traditional guitar (tres), accordion, ukulele, djembe and samba drums and percussion of all descriptions. Participation (e.g. clapping and singing) and questions/answers are usual and encouraged.

“The children really enjoyed it. The interactive element worked really well and it was very educational.”

Luddington Primary

““It was a brilliant afternoon. All the children enjoyed it and didn’t want to go home.””

Burton On Stather Primary

“All the teachers were impressed with the work that you did with the pupils and the performance at the end of the day.”

Bricknell Primary, Hull

“Mambo Jambo combine infectious enthusiasm with real technical expertise. The wide range of instruments and material give students a clear insight into a whole range of musical styles from around the world. I strongly recommend them to both primary and secondary educators.”

Simon Davey, Head of Expressive Arts, Wolfreton School nr. Hull

“Absolutely wonderful! My class haven’t stopped talking about it”…”Very enjoyable – the variety of music and musical instruments was very educational and the children had a great time.”

Classes 5J & 3R, St James’s Primary, Hoole, Chester

“A presentation…that really gripped the students. They will remember that for a long time – I couldn’t put a value on what you shared with us today!”

Reg Barritt, Teacher & School Press Officer, Hawarden High School

“Absolutely fantastic- students really enjoyed both the workshop and performances”

St.Mary’s College

“All the children in the school were telling their parents about it in the playground. If only they could be so inspired every day!”

Teacher, St. Vincents Primary

“Great relationship with all the children. Lovely lively and engaging manner.”

Deputy, Central Street School, Hebden Bridge

“Handa’s Surprise – Great Workshop and experience for all children (and staff) Engaging and exciting all round. Highly recommended!”

D Jessop, Mountbatten Primary School

The Big Malarkey, Photo by Chris Pepper:

The Big Malarkey Festival. Photo © Chris Pepper

Festival workshops

For further details or to make a workshop booking please

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