MaSamba Samba School runs a youth drumming group, which was set up in 1999. The primary aim of the group is to allow young people from the inner city to participate in collective music making.
It all began when members of an adult samba group, maSamba, were practicing on City Quay. Without prior arrangement, young children banging plastic buckets and basins joined the group! Group members decided to investigate the possibilities of setting up a youth samba band in the area, and MaSamba’s Youth Wing was born!
Initially, the group was open to children from the City Quay/Pearse Street area and the group’s first performance was as part of the St. Patrick’s Festival night parade in March 1999.
MaSamba’s Youth Wing is now open to young people from throughout Dublin. We provide weekly samba percussion workshops in our rehearsal space in the Liberties and aim to perform at least six times in any given year.
As well as the mainstream workshops, we invite in visiting tutors, bring the group on study visits to places such as the National Concert Hall and organise occasional special events, as rewards for their work.
Performances include: National Children’s Day, the Children’s Book Fair, South Docks Festival, Samhain Festival, RTE’s ‘Sattitude’ show, etc. We choose performances on the basis of their suitability, feasibility and opportunities for development/learning of group members (e.g. National Gallery Open Day).
MaSamba’s Youth Project caters for young people of 7 years and over. All tuition is provided free of charge. For information on how to join the group, please contact us.