16th February 2013
Piccadilly Circus, London W1D 7ET
The sound of samba, as we’ve touched on previously, is, for some reasons lost in the depths of time, synonymous with contemporary urban street life, be it at festivals, marches or protests in general – lots of people love a good bit of rhythmic percussion, and, more often than not, Rhythms of Resistance are the go-to band for this type of gathering.
Today they’re here with us for a celebration: it’s Valentine’s Day (more or less) and, as has been the case for at least a decade, Venus CúMara and her friends have taken over the area around Eros (or not Eros, as we’ve discovered) to celebrate and spread Love with singing and dancing, a giant circle of people holding hands and calling out for peace – and hula hoops, of course (another mainstay of urban gatherings)
Meanwhile, in Trafalgar Square some misguided individual is trying to drum up enthusiasm for a “Harlem Shake’ flashmob – without much luck, it would appear.
For some people one of YouTube’s greatest crimes has not been the spreading of fake news and hate propaganda but in its capability of making moronic, forgettable dance ‘crazes’ into something of a global phenomena. Fortunately this particular one didn’t last long (No disrespect to the local burger bar, of course).