Author Archives: Simeon

About Simeon

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

25 Years of Samba In Dublin

    ’25 years for any organisation to exist really is a huge achievement. For that to happen within a new community in Dublin, with all the changes that happen within those communities, is even more impressive. For that to … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday to Us!

There has been massive excitement in the Masamba camp over the last few weeks, as our 25thBirthday Celebrations draw closer. Masamba was formed following the highly innovative and successful ‘Big Bang Festival’ at the City Arts Centre in 1994. Samba … Continue reading

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Retail Therapy

With the schools all closed, we at Masamba are allowed some time to gather our thoughts and prepare for the next season. Some of you will be aware that we have been involved in the Deep River Rock ‘Thirst For … Continue reading

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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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