SAMBA SQUAD is gearing up for a busy Summer 2017 season with Beaches Jazz Festival, Salsa on St. Clair (dancers’ favourite), Sun Fest in London, ON, and Muhtadi’s International Drum Fest. For information and scheduling of these and many other events, go to our Gigs and Upcoming Events Page on this site.
2015 and 2016 featured the emergence of the Grand Bacteria Express:
On Friday, October 14, 2011, SAMBA SQUAD played at Lula Lounge. a Big Show and Dance Party with some new original songs, under the Artistic Direction of Rick Shadrach Lazar.
Special guest vocalists Luanda Jones, Laura Mae Lindo, Andrea Dibartolomeo and Lester McLean were featured.
On bass: Collin Barrett, keys: Jordan Armstrong, guitar: Dimitrios Petsalakis, and cavaquinho: Curtis Lambert.
SAMBA SQUAD celebrated its 10th anniversary with an exhilarating percussive explosion at the Phoenix Concert Theatre. Co-presented by Lula World Festival, this was the closing concert of the 7th Annual Music Festival.
Special guests included beat boxer AKASubliminal, tap dancer Shawn Byfield; singers Alberto Alberto, Eliana Cuevas, Laura Mae Lindo, and Aline Morales; dancers Melissa Noventa, Matumbo Rainos, and Adrianna Yanuziella’s Dance Migration; Ben Grossman on hurdy-gurdy, Gord Sheard on accordian and vocals, Jeremy Ledbetter on keys, Wagner Petrelli on guitar.
Samba Squad’s original founding members who played: Co-founder Janet “Slamdog” McClelland, Tony Pierre, Trevor Yearwood, Lyba Spring.
Linda Brown, Layah Davis, Desiree Marshall, Gili Gurvitz, Jonas Spring, Danielle Lafond, Greg Meleca, David Figliano, Sue and Tracy Ashton, Jordan Armstrong, Jonathan Alderson, Curtis Lambert and Victor Rebelo.