OVM Workshops in 2019

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OVM workshops are divided into separate categories with each being suitable for a specific level or levels of ability. Click on the headings below to read more on each level and to see what workshops are available.

Level 1 are suitable for beginners

Level 2 are suitable for intermediate levels

Level 3 are suitable for advanced players

Mixed level are suitable for all levels except complete beginners

Level 1

Workshops suitable for complete beginners and those with a little bit of percussion playing experience.

Cajon for Beginners, Milton Keynes
Date: 6th Jan

Congas for Beginners, Milton Keynes
Date: 19th Feb

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Level 2

These workshops and modular courses are designed for players who already have some basic percussion skills including hand drumming and consider themselves to be at an intermediate level on at least one instrument.

Workshop content focuses on either Cuban or Brazilian percussion and there are some that combine both.

Candomblé drumming & songs
Dates: 8th – 10th Feb 2019 (Postponed)

Roots of Cuba – Group 8 – IN PROGRESS
A percussion course of six modules spread over 2 years
24th – 28th January 2018 module 1 – COMPLETED
9th – 13th May 2018 module 2 – COMPLETED
5th – 9th Sept 2018 module 3 – COMPLETED
23rd – 27th Jan 2019 module 4 – COMPLETED
8th – 12th May 2019 module 5 – COMPLETED
25th – 29th September module 6

Brasil de todos os rimos – Group 5
module 1: 5th – 9th June 2019
module 2: 2nd – 6th Oct 2019
module 3: 5th – 9th Feb 2020
module 4: 3rd – 7th June 2020
A percussion course of four modules spread over 12 months

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Level 3

These workshops are only suitable for experienced players and for those who have completed an OVM level 2 course or studied at a similar level.

They are mostly run annually and work as standalone workshops but as the content of study varies each year, they also work as an on-going progression for participants to continue developing their skills.

Encuentro Rumbero #1
Dates: 11th – 14th April 2019 – COMPLETED

Bata Course #12
Dates: 16th – 20th Oct 2019 – DETAILS COMING SOON

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Mixed Levels

Workshops in this series cater for a mixture of levels (except complete beginners). The range of abilities suitable to attend vary from workshop to workshop. Many of these workshops are suitable for individual and group participation.

Brasil de todos os ritmos – weekender:http://www.ovm.co.uk/index.php?id=314
Dates: 8th – 11th August 2018 – DETAILS COMING SOON

Camp Iroko#10
Dates: 14th – 18th August 2019

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Edun Ara @ CarFest South 2018


Global Grooves and One Voice Music present a new project mixing elements from Brazilian & Cuban music
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To book your place on ẸDỪN ARÁ at CarFest South click here

ẸDỪN ARÁ ~ bloco de carnival
Sat 25th & Sun 26th August 2018 (at CarFest South)

Theme: Earth, Metal, Fire & Wood
Tutors: Ravin ‘Raz’ Jayasuriya (drums) & Marcia Magliari (dance)

ẸDỪN ARÁ – bloco de carnaval is a percussion, song & dance performance based project that reflects the African heritage found in Brazilian & Cuban culture. Global Grooves is excited to invite One Voice Music to deliver this extra special project as part of our touring festival season at CarFest South in Aid of BBC Children in Need.

Participants will have the opportunity to learn some incredible new arrangements and choreography as well as gain free entry to CarFest South featuring a host of live acts including; Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra, Status Quo, Texas, The Proclaimers, and many more…. Visit the CarFest website here

Edun Ara - bloco de carnaval

The ẸDỪN ARÁ content is highly energetic & FUN, and based on Raz & Marcia’s interest in & knowledge of different Brazilian & Cuban music & dance styles, that have hugely influenced their professional careers.

This project is culturally informative and provides some artistic challenges for participants, enabling them to develop their own skills.

Raz & Marcia will be presenting this project in collaboration with Global Grooves at CarFest South on Sat 25th & Sun 26th Aug 2018. There will be a 4-hour workshop/rehearsal on the Saturday followed by a costumed parade on the Sunday morning.

Participants are invited to arrive on Friday to enjoys the days festivities. CarFest South is in aid of BBC Children in Need a incredible and worthwhile event to contribute to.

Course Content
The content is a fusion of ideas drawn from Candomblé rhythms, Samba, Maracatu, Samba Reggae & Ijexá grooves from Brazil with elements from Cuban music such as Bata rhythms, Rumba, Conga & Salsa.

The percussion grooves, played on Batucada instruments (surdos, repiniques, snares, tamborims, bells, shakers & timbas), are colourful & melodic, combining patterns & phrases creatively arranged to produce exciting dance grooves. The choreography, arranged to fit the music, draws on traditional Afro-Brazilian dance movements.

Yemaya choreography
Costume and instruments for performance/parade
Drummers – Bring white trousers / pants & black shoes. You’ll be provided with a top. A white t-shirt can be worn under the top we provide (optional).

For the performance, repinique, surdo and caixa players should wear your shoulder strap underneath the top we provide.

Dancers – Bring white linen trousers, black trainers / outdoor dance shoes – we will provide the tops.

Percussionists will need to provide their own instruments – some instruments can be provided by Global Grooves (please indicate this on the sign up form). Dancers should wear suitable light clothing for rehearsals.

Percussion & dance level
This is an open level course but some prior experience is required

£30.00 (Price Includes full weekend camping and festival passes!)

Address: CarFest South, Laverstoke Park Farm, Overton, Basingstoke, RG25 3DR

Oya and her sword

Friday 24th August* – Arrival at CarFest South – Full weekend Camping tickets will be provided worth £173 each. Details of how to access the festival will be sent to you with your booking information. (Campers can arrive from 7am when the camping car park opens with the campsite opening at 8am for campers to set up camp.)

Saturday 25th August* – Masterclass; meet at the ‘Carnival Area’ at 12pm – full details will be sent to you with your booking information. (Day visitors can arrive from 9am* when the day visitor car park opens with the festival site opening at 10am* and closing at 11pm.)

Sunday 26th August* – Carnival Day; Participants will meet at 11am at the Carnival start ready to perform a short parade around the CarFest Race Track accompanied by thousands of others. Full details will be provided to all participants. (Campers may camp on Sunday evening and are asked to leave the site by 11am on the Monday.)

*Please note that workshop and parade times are subject to change when the CarFest Schedule is finalised.

Full weekend camping and festival passes will be provided for all participants, camping will be in the crew/participant camping field. You music bring your own tent – limited campervan passes are available on a first come first serve basis. The camp site is clean, secure and quiet with excellent hot showers and brilliant toilet facilities. Parking is available a short walk from the camping area.

Food will not be provided. There is an excellent selection of food vendors scattered throughout the festival site of feel free to bring along your own.

Please note very limited places are available for this event so we advice you to book now to avoid disappointment. To book your place on ẸDỪN ARÁ at CarFest South click here

Please make sure you complete the ADDITIONAL INFORMATION element of the enrolment form.


Additional Festival Tickets
Tickets for CarFest south are now nearly sold out so if you wish to purchase additional tickets for friends and family members then book now!

About CarFest
CarFest is an incredible annual music and motoring festival held in Cheshire (“CarFest North”) and Hampshire (“CarFest South”). It was founded by the radio presenter Chris Evans in 2012, and raises funds for Children in Need. As of July 2015 it has raised over £3½ million for the charity.

This is Global Grooves’ second year at Carfest after helping to produce the first ever CarFest Carnival in 2017. This year we want the Carnival to be even bigger and better.