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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
No, this is not the government trying to distract us from yet another tax-hike, The Octopus is the name of a new street theatre presentation currently being developed by Samba Resille, in preparation for their Irish tour in June 2013.
Samba Resille are one of the most established Afro-Brasilian music and dance groups in France… Read More
Last week, in the midst of a snowstorm of work, we received one very special piece of mail, bearing the gold Irish Harp. We are all used to seeing the harp on government literature, but we had never seen a gold one – what did it signify?
It was the most amazing news, in the Michael D. Higgins, President Of Ireland has agreed to be the Patron for MaSamba… Read More
As the year draws to its conclusion, it’s a good time to look over what MaSamba Samba School did in 2011, what music we played, who we worked with, and who we partied with!
This ‘round-up’ blog is not written in any particular order of preference, and we welcome your own comments to complete the story!
The Boys Are Back In Town
This week, saw the last few bits of administration taking place in the huge tidy-up operation after a highly-successful ‘Boys Are Back In Town’ pageant.
All that remains for now, is to say a sincere, heartfelt THANK YOU to everyone who helped us along the way, whether it was financially, spiritually, in terms of good advice, or just a good old-fashioned dig-out (remember when that wasn’t a dirty word… Read More
As they say, all good things must come to an end, and on Monday afternoon, we left Chicago after a week of amazing experiences, meeting amazing people, and playing some pretty damn fine samba along the way!
The… Read More
The last couple of days have been hectic, just as the last couple of MaSamba peeps arrived, and the work started in earnest.
On Friday, we delivered a workshop up in Evanston with the Evanston Escola de Samba, in which we developed our old reliable – ‘Afro Bloc’ – the group got it together really quickly, and we were in danger of being put to shame by their great… Read More
Yesterday, we had to start to ‘earn our keep’ in the U.S. and deliver some workshops.
Matt Rarey, from the Board of Evanston Escola de Samba arrived to pick us up bright and early for the drive to Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin, which is about 90 minutes away from our base in Chicago. Matt was a vertitable treasure trove of information about Illinois, Wisconsin, road signs, and just… Read More
What a beautiful day today!
The weather was warm and sunny, we had some free time to explore the downtown area of Chicago and most importantly, start planning for our musical duties in this great city.
Day 1 of the trip, and we’re all up at an ungodly hour to get to the airport, and be told that there is a four-hour delay for our flight, because of wind – Mary hasn’t even gotten on the flight yet!
Despite minor setback, we’re all very excited and a few hours shopping therapy in the airport will no doubt do us the world of good!… Read More