Acoustic roots duo MAMBO JAMBO

We deliver a variety of workshops, in schools, with adult and community groups, plus Early Years sessions, in Arts Centres and as part of festival programmes.

We are an ‘Artsmark Partner’ – cultural education endorsed by the Arts Council:


We work across the age groups in schools, particularly Early Years and Key Stage 1 & 2.

We’ve delivered music (and dance) workshops at Manchester Jazz Festival, Festival Of The Sea, Eden Festival, Coastival, Broadstairs Folk Week (family workshops) and several other festivals plus various Arts Centres nationally. As part of “The Big Malarkey” Hull Children’s Literature Festival, we’ve delivered several Music and Storytelling workshops. And as part of the PRS New Music Festival we were involved in a “Composer Residency” programme in a school, co-composing a piece that was performed at Hull City Hall. We’ve worked East Riding of Yorkshire Music Hub delivering schools workshops and performances on a ‘Carnival’ theme, and also with Hull Music Hub. You’ll often find us doing Early Years shows & performances for “Concerteenies“. We regularly deliver our ‘La Chanson Francaise’ workshop as part of the French A Level curriculum. We were involved with Kirklees Year Of Music in several schools. We also lead health and wellbeing music workshops and have delivered some of these to various agencies such as ‘Sight Support’ for visually impaired children, and ‘The Sensational Stroke Ensemble’ to survivors of strokes and their partners.


We are very happy to deliver a tailor made workshop or community engagement project according to your needs! Do contact us to discuss

Photo Credit: Dylan Woolf, taken at Broadstairs Folk Festival

Broadstairs Folk Festival Carnival Drumming Dylan Woolf

Some of the workshops we offer are:

– Spanish Flamenco dance with live guitar
– Theme of water and Oceans, including performing Sea Shanties
– ‘Handa’s Surprise’, for Early Years
– The Amazon Rainforest Workshop
– Carnival & Mardi Gras Workshops
– Music & Storytelling Workshops

– ‘Let’s Get Creative With Music, Voice & Body Percussion’

– Brazilian Samba dance plus samba reggae dance workshop with live drumming
– Boomwhackers Workshop
– Spanish Days with Latin American and Spanish themes/ French Days
– Theme of recycling: using recycled objects for music making

For some of the above workshops we’ve produced live recordings that the school can have a copy of to use as a future resource
See our Blog about schools workshops for more info and videos!

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We also offer ‘World Music Participatory Performances’:

Presenting many instruments and styles from all over the world.

Styles include Cuban, Cajun, West African drum pieces and songs, Carnival songs, samba and salsa, Eastern European, Bluegrass music, Middle Eastern and island sounds.
Instruments include guitar, saxophone, flute, clarinet, banjo, the Cuban traditional guitar (tres), accordion, ukulele, djembe and samba drums and percussion of all descriptions. Participation (e.g. clapping and singing) and questions/answers are usual and encouraged.

“The children really enjoyed it. The interactive element worked really well and it was very educational.”

Luddington Primary

““It was a brilliant afternoon. All the children enjoyed it and didn’t want to go home.””

Burton On Stather Primary

“All the teachers were impressed with the work that you did with the pupils and the performance at the end of the day.”

Bricknell Primary, Hull

“Mambo Jambo combine infectious enthusiasm with real technical expertise. The wide range of instruments and material give students a clear insight into a whole range of musical styles from around the world. I strongly recommend them to both primary and secondary educators.”

Simon Davey, Head of Expressive Arts, Wolfreton School nr. Hull

“Absolutely wonderful! My class haven’t stopped talking about it”…”Very enjoyable – the variety of music and musical instruments was very educational and the children had a great time.”

Classes 5J & 3R, St James’s Primary, Hoole, Chester

“A presentation…that really gripped the students. They will remember that for a long time – I couldn’t put a value on what you shared with us today!”

Reg Barritt, Teacher & School Press Officer, Hawarden High School

“Absolutely fantastic- students really enjoyed both the workshop and performances”

St.Mary’s College

“All the children in the school were telling their parents about it in the playground. If only they could be so inspired every day!”

Teacher, St. Vincents Primary

“Great relationship with all the children. Lovely lively and engaging manner.”

Deputy, Central Street School, Hebden Bridge

“Handa’s Surprise – Great Workshop and experience for all children (and staff) Engaging and exciting all round. Highly recommended!”

D Jessop, Mountbatten Primary School

Festival workshops

For further details or to make a workshop booking please

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Mambo Jambo in action! Check out some of our latest pics and videos…