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UK: Edinburgh Samba School/AsA and Faringdon/Crypt Sign-Ons

On March 24th, at 7:30pm, The Crypt Fairtrade Cafe at St. Mary's Church, Islington/London will host a night of great acoustic music with Counterglow, and new addition, "leftwithpictures". This band, which has written, recorded, and produced several albums since 1999--including their self-titled debut--has several core members, and others who may join up for a gig, stay, or never return. A wide range of instruments--tamborines and penny whistles along with guitars, shakers, and keyboards make this band an acoustic treat worthy of the Beat!
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On March 19th, starting at 7:30pm at the Faringdon Junior School, three bands will perform for OWB 2005. Cooper Black--at times a three, four, five, or six-piece band--plays an infectious blend of pop, punk, country, folk, and blues, with "buckets of passion and soul". Using a combination of guitar, mandolin, violin, bass, keys, percussion, and vocals, they create a sound which will move feet and lift hearts. Belarus, a five-member group favorably compared to Coldplay and early Radiohead, have a wide-ranging sound covering intimate emotional ballads to hard-edged, stadium pop-rock. Kiff is a five-piece contemporary cover band, sure to rock the rafters and bring folks to their feet to celebrate the 2005 "Beat".
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On March 19th at 7pm at the Bongo Club in Edinburgh, Scotland, the launch party for Zuba's new album, "ALLEZ!" will also feature additions Ase (electronic) and the Edinburgh Samba School. Loud and lively, energetic and dynamic, the Edinburgh Samba School (TESS) has become a regular and popular feature of community festivals and special events in Edinburgh and elsewhere in Britain and Europe. It is a colourful Samba percussion group specialising in authentic rhythms from the flamboyant Carnival culture of Brazil. Samba is the heartbeat of this culture of celebration, street parties, dance and fun. TESS is a community project with charitable status, founded in 1992 to promote Samba music and awareness of Brazilian culture in Edinburgh.

Their popularity is reflected in the number of high-profile events at which TESS has performed, such as the Scottish Cup Final, Edinburgh Festival Cavalcade, Edinburgh Hogmany events, opening of the Scottish Parliament, and headlining at the National Day of Percussion. Samba is quickly becoming one of the most popular forms of music, now heard frequently in chart music and on television. They can be booked for street festivals, private parties, community or corporate events, club fact, any event needing a lively party spirit. A perfect partner for One World Beat!

AsA is a three-piece band based in Leith, Edinburgh, who began their journey back in November 2002. Encouraged and inspired by one another, Alex Tronic and Asa Seljestad form an electrifying combination of haunting vocals and unique soundscapes. Their live appearances are augmented by the mysterious Baz who helps with the technology. They combine original ideas and individual styles to produce a refreshing mix of atmospheric grooves in the electronic genre, with Asa writing the lyrics and singing while Alex composes the music. "We want to push the boundaries and experiment with our different vocal and music styles to try and produce something that goes beyond our expectations", says AsA, and their debut CD, "On/Off", does just that.

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"You guys Rock."
Leigh Blake, Founder - Keep A Child Alive
"You guys Rock."
Leigh Blake, Founder - Keep A Child Alive