Author Archives: Simeon

About Simeon

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

Countdown to the Holidays!

What a brilliant week! The end of the school year is always a strange time for us at Masamba, as all normal activities cease, and all sorts of challenging and fun projects present themselves. Some of our existing projects are … Continue reading

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Brazil Adventures 2019

Masamba first ventured to the home of Samba in 1999, with six member of the group completing a month-long excursion, taking in Rio de Janeiro, Salvador, Recife and Olinda. Needless to say, we were hooked, and 20 years later, Masamba … Continue reading

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Bloody Brilliant Bossas!

Over the years, Masamba have been proud to welcome some of Brazil’s best drummers to Ireland to work with us. It is amazing to think that names such as Esteves da Silva, Dudu Tucci, Jonas d’Oliveira, Serrinha Raiz, Chris Quade … Continue reading

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Some highlights from 2018…

End of 2018 blog As we approach the end of another year, and with the benefit of a few day’s rest, it is fitting to look back at the year gone by. It was definitely a year of ups and … Continue reading

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A Van-tastic Year

In November 2017, we took delivery of our first ever dedicated Masamba vehicle, in the form of a little Peugeot Expert. It was end of a long process of funding applications and after applying to several different agencies, it was … Continue reading

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Berlin, Candomblé and ufa FABRIK

Last weekend, I travelled back to Berlin to participate in a  three day course in Candomblé percussion with  my friend and mentor Dudu Tucci. I was first introduced to Candomblé percussion back in 1999, but at the time, I didn’t … Continue reading

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Back to School

Over the last couple of weeks, social media was awash with photos of children in their uniforms, setting off for their first day in school. It is that time of year again, and for us at Masamba, it signals a … Continue reading

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Back in the Community

August is usually a pretty quiet month for us here at Masamba. Most of the educational institutions and youth projects we work with are shut for the month, or operating a reduced service. As many people are on holidays, there … Continue reading

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June Statistics

We had a really busy, and a really good month of June. It was also a good balance between the community see of the work, and chances to perform at some quite high profile events. We blogged lots of little … Continue reading

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Is June over yet??

As the end of June draws near, it’s worth looking back at what has been a fantastic month for Masamba. However, right now, there is too much in the immediate future to allow for that! On Monday, we began a … Continue reading

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