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Author Archives: Simeon
Ever wished you could jam with world famous musicians? Chances are, if it ever did happen, there would be no way of recording it, but now, both are possible, with the introduction of the WholeWorldBand App.
WholeWorldBand is a kind of serious karaoke for musicians, which… Read More
We got a parcel yesterday of treats from our good friends in Contemporanea Instrumentos Musicais!
Contemporanea have been sponsoring Masamba’s projects for a number of years now, and have always been very generous with their time, with their expert advice, and with their instruments. We all know how hard the recent recession has… Read More
It is with the deepest sadness that we mark the passing of our friend and drumming colleague Angie Gerrity, who lost a long fight with cancer in the early hours of this morning.
Angie had been a vibrant member of MaSamba for many years, and… Read More
Back in 1994, when the City Arts Centre commissioned Colin Blakey to run a series of drumming workshops for its staff, none of us could have imagined that that group would still be performing, learning and teaching a full 20 years later.
We’re not quite there yet, but 2014 will be MaSamba’s 20th anniversary, and we are definitely looking forward to it, as a major milestone in our development… Read More
2013 will have to go down in the band’s history as a year of collaborations and partnerships, with projects with Andrea Nicole, DJ Moschops, Focus Theatre and Whole World Band all in different levels of development.
Collaborations are great fun, and a great opportunity to learn, but they can also be a compromise and a diversion from the ‘bread and butter’ of creating and rehearsing our own music… Read More
Hot on the heels of our ‘New Beats from Dublin’ show at the weekend, we just received this amazing mix from our partner in crime from the Hip-Hop scene, DJ Moschops.
We’ve known Moschops for years through his work with Working Class Records and Hip Nós, amongst many others, and when we wanted a sick mix of our track ‘Funny Funk‘, he was the first name on the… Read More
‘New Beats from Dublin’ refers to our work with singer Andrea Nicole, a project which culminated with a great show in the Workman’s Club last Saturday, September 28th.
Several months back, Andrea approached us to see if we would be interested in collaborating with her on a percussion mix of her single ‘Need… Read More
I’m sure lots of people, particularly teachers, are complaining that all the schools have re-commenced in the last couple of weeks, but not us – we’re delighted to be back into the thick of things!
As an organisation that delivers hundreds of percussion workshops every year, the slow down in the Summer goes on a little too long! This week, we started back in Marino College, with the drumming… Read More
Another school year starts, and with it, another opportunity to develop some samba skills, with our top drumming tutors.
Each year deliver an eight-week basic foundation in samba drumming, covering most of the key instruments, and developing a number of different pieces of music in some of the most popular styles of Afro-Brasilian percussion.
Ideal for complete beginners or improvers, some people use it as a way of… Read More
Apologies for the lack of posts in recent times, but we have been extremely busy, and we have had some issues with posting images to our website, which are now hopefully solved!
To test the system, and to act as a sort of catch up, here are a few random images of us in action over the last few weeks – enjoy!
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