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There has been a sudden injection of energy into our work over the last few weeks. This is mainly as a result of the lifting of COVID-19 restriction, making all sorts of activities possible again.

We’ve had something of a baptism of fire over the last two weekends, delivering 28 mini shows as part of the Celebrate Fingal event. These events were organised as part of the Local Live Performance Programming Scheme, which was created to generate work for those in the live music and entertainments industries in order to help them survive the pandemic closures.  It is ironic that our own local authority, Dublin City Council, failed to support our proposals, despite us working extensively with them over the last year, but our friends in Fingal County Council had other ideas…

While we were delighted with the opportunities to perform and to meet audiences again, it was a gruelling schedule of short shows, and getting children involved. The two weekends were definitely a workout, but also great preparation for getting back to our regular schedule of workshops, parades and stage shows.

Audience participation was the order of the day at Celebrate Fingal.

We can report that we are in discussions with several schools about drumming projects, and also planning a very special show for Hallowe’en 2021, with some of our partners in the Brazilian community. We’ve even had a firm query for St. Patrick’s Day 2022, which is very positive news!

Best of all, we are planning to get back to regular rehearsals from next week from our new base in the Liberties. We are also looking forward to getting back to delivering free workshops for children through the Masamba Youth Project. No doubt, it will take weeks, or even months to get back to normal, but it is exciting to get started and get drumming!

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Masamba Samba School is Ireland's premier Afro-Brasilian music and dance group.
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