The original Samba School was co-founded by Vincent Lamberti and Mark Grunden in 1996, where rehearsals were held at V & A Lamberti Music (Fitzroy) until mid-2004. The samba school took on the name Tumbarumba Samba School out of the need to recruit band members for the band Tumbarumba. However due to the sale of “Lamberti’s” in 2004 – Mark negotiated a new residency with The Laundry (Fitzroy), where classes commenced 2004.

Plus a new name needed to be chosen in order to differentiate it from the band Tumbarumba so the name O’Ziriguidum (Escola de Samba) was born. The word ‘Ziriguidum’ is an onomatopoeic, that expresses the sounds of percussion instruments used in samba music, and the word ‘Ozi’ was added for an Australian side of the school.

O’Ziriguidum remained at The Laundry until mid 2008. However Management changes at The Laundry caused Mark to become somewhat disillusioned and disappointed with the way O’Ziriguidum was being treated and the increased rates to hire the upstairs area. Therefore, during 2009 there were no O’Ziriguidum classes or performances.