Author Archives: Simeon

About Simeon

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

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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Increased Volume of Work

    We have had a lot of requests for bookings, and general information over the last couple of weeks, and we must admit that we have been slow to get back to some of you. However, in our defence, … Continue reading

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Cramming Time!

As many students will know, as the end of the year approaches, a bit of cramming is usually in order. Week, it’s the same in the Masamba camp over the next few weeks, we will have to go to school … Continue reading

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Just Rewards!

We’ve been putting in a few long days over the last week or so, but, as is right and proper, we are being rewarded for it!   Last week we started work in a new school, the Holy Family School … Continue reading

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Cycles and Connections

Masamba is now in it’s 23rd year of continuous operation. Over that time, a lot of people have come and gone from the band, as is the nature of community music and life in general. Some people disappear for ever, … Continue reading

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Storm Emma and Masamba

For the last week, the media, and popular discussion has centred around one topic: Storm Emma and the mayhem that came with it. For Masamba, it was ‘kind of’ business as usual, though the storm made it’s presence felt in … Continue reading

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