Samba beat brings Brazil to Barnsley

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THEY used to say watching Barnsley was “just like watching Brazil”.

Now the club’s Oakwell ground is taking on the sounds of the Latin American country when hundreds of Samba drummers - some of whom have flown in from the other side of the planet - get together for a world record bid.

The musicians, ranging from schoolchildren to adult enthusiasts, are hoping to create the biggest Samba band ever assembled.

Barnsley FC’s Oakwell ground will host the attempt this Saturday at 12.30pm.

The event has been organised by Barnsley drum manufacturers Louder Than Life - and participants include Carlos Ferreira, of Melbourne Samba Band, Australia, who has flown 10,000 miles to join in.

Tim Brain, of Louder Than Life, said: “Brazillian Samba drumming has really taken off in schools because the drums are so easy and exciting to play. There are now more than 200 semi-professional Samba bands in the UK and hundreds more school and community bands.

“Children’s band The Pulse of the Place is coming from Edinburgh, while others are flocking from every part of the country and farther afield.”