Welcome to the homepage of Breach of the Peace (BOP) Samba, Oxford's community activist Samba drum band.
Oxford BOP Samba started in 2003 during the British No War on Iraq campaign. Originally an ad-hoc junk band, we now have a full set of traditional samba percussion drums and a friendly and growing membership. BOP Samba is part of the global Rhythms of Resistance network of activist samba bands.
We meet regularly at the Oxford Action Resource Centre (upstairs in the East Oxford Community Centre) - usually followed by a post-practice trip to one of Oxford's fine hostelries! We practice regularly on Mondays (but not the 1st Monday of the month or bank holidays) at 7:00pm.
No prior knowledge is necessary, we provide the instruments, just bring your enthusiasm. We are open to everyone irrelevant of age, background, musical experience and ability. Everyone is welcome at BOP!
We play at festivals, fairs, community events and even Oxford colleges. We have played for many local campaigns, including Save the NHS, Stop the Cuts, Stop the Westgate expansion and the regular Close the Campsfield Detention Centre demonstrations. We also join up with other bands in the Rhythms of Resistance network to play at national demos and events including the Stop Climate Chaos march, Stop The War demonstrations, and the Stop the DSEI Arms Fair campaign. .
BOP Samba subscribes to the Peoples' Global Action Hallmarks.
Come with us! We have everything to play for.
A revolution without dancing is a revolution not worth having.