MacUmba are a unique group of musicians based in Scotland who mix the traditional sounds of Scottish bagpipes with the infectious rhythms of Brazilian percussion.
Starting as a batucada (or drumming group) in the early 90’s, MacUmba grew out of a series of drumming workshops held at the Glasgow School of Art. Soon after, MacUmba added various combinations of flutes, guitars, bass, voices etc. to the batucada, and performed at many events throughout Scotland.
The inception of the current MacUmba formation happened when they were asked to play at a major Scottish football cup final. It was decided to add bagpipes to the batucada in order to be more in line with the football tradition of pipe bands. This combination proved hugely popular, and as a result MacUmba was born.
Having played at many events and festivals all over the world, MacUmba continue to develop their unique sound, entertaining audiences where ever they go.
The normal instrumentation of the band is three pipers and five percussionists, although they may also be augmented by the addition of Scottish and/or Brazilian dancers.
Recent festivals they have played at include…
The World Cup in France where they supported the maracatu ‘nation’ NACAO PERNAMBUCO at the Village du Brezil, Saint Denis, Paris.
The 20th Fiesta de la Rumba in Havana, Cuba, where (although MacUmba are not a rumba group) they were privileged to appear with many famous rumba groups. The international MUNDO CELTA festival in Ortigueira, Galicia, where they appeared with many other bands from Celtic nations.
Recent radio and television appearances include…
Radio Progreso in Havana, Cuba Univision in Miami, Florida Music Live, BBC Glasgow and UK.
MacUmba have worked closely with the British Council and Scottish Trade International on several occasions, performing in their own distinct costume, which adds a very visual aspect to MacUmba’s live performances.
“Wow, book this band immediately – they’ll be a sensation!” The Inverness Courier
“This is fiery stuff that will set the blood alight.” The Scots Magazine
MacUmba Music Samples