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Category Archives: Chicago 2011
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
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
With less than 36 hours to go to ‘lift-off’ we are excitedly working away on final preparations for our week-long trip to Chicago and surrounding areas.
Coming so soon off the back of ‘The Boys Are Back In Town’, it has been a bit of a rush to get flights, accommodation, music, etc. together, but we are almost there, and just have one rehearsal tomorrow afternoon, and then it’s… Read More
Behind the scenes, we have been working away on planning for our mini tour of the Chicago area in October of this year.
This trip, which is part of the Culture Ireland Imagine Ireland project will see the band headlining the Chicago Brazilian Music Festival, and playing at the prestigious Irish American Heritage Center, as well as delivering workshops with local music colleges and disadvantaged children.
More here… Read More