The gay and lesbian percussion group launches its first Flamba class on December 13 – a physical, endorphin-releasing form of Brazilian street drumming that combines music, dance and a healthy does of exercise.

The workshops will be held from 7.30-9.30pm each Monday at the Redfern Oval Community Centre, for $10 per member per week ($6 concession).

The weekly classes are welcome to all GLBTI and queer-friendly people who’d like to learn some traditional samba rhythms and funky marching styles.

You don’t have to know how to play an instrument – all you need is enthusiasm and a willingness to learn. All drums are supplied at each workshop, and you don’t need to read music – there are difficult and easy parts in each song, so you’ll be able to find a part for your skill level.

While it’s early days for Flamba, organiser Shirley Tong said she had high hopes for the fledgling club in the lead up to Mardi Gras, with plans to perform at clubs, community events and the Mardi Gras festival itself.


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