Grupo SambAfriq (originally named Escola de Samba Chorley) has been on the drumming scene since Jan 1998 when Steve and Julia Davies, who regularly played Samba in Manchester whilst living in Chorley, decided Chorley could benefit from its own band.

Initial funding came from Chorley Council to buy instruments. MANCAT funded an introductory course with tutors from Manchester School of Samba. Diane Barnes became our first Musical Director and away we went, the birth of the Afro Brasilian percussion movement in Chorley!

Since then Chorley has maintained a vibrant drumming group that plays every Friday evening at the Tatton Community Centre, (behind Stagecoach Garage, Eaves Lane) Windermere Street, Chorley PR6.

We play Samba, Samba Reggae, Afoxe, Maracatu, Afro bloco, Coco and other styles from various parts of Brasil.

We meet for practice most Friday evenings and perform in parades and at events across the North West. If you would like to try some Samba drumming, come along for a free trial on any Friday 7pm to 10pm you will be more than welcome, just turn up or ring our contact numbers.

Dancing is an important part of Samba so when we perform we often provide dancers. Our dancers integrate with audiences to encourage people to join in and have a good time. Our vibrant rhythms always liven up any event and entertain the crowds.

Musical Director
Our musical director Owen Davies was trained by Eraldo de Sa Marques formerly of Meninos Do Morumbi, Sao Paulo, Brasil. Eraldo, over 6 years with us brought a wealth of experience from his roots in Brasil.