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Category Archives: Youth Music
St. Patrick’s Day is always an important time in the MaSamba camp, and this year is no exception!
This year, as always, we are involved in a whole series of events, some big, some small, some very public, some almost invisible, some for the world to see, and some that might only mean something to band members and friends – variety, as they say, is the spice of life!… Read More
As the dust settles on a really busy period of work for the band, it is time to sort out the mess, evaluate and move on, into the 2nd half of the year.
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
Today, we finished up our annual project with the boys of Scoil Iosagain in Crumlin, with a series of five unique performances, by five totally unique samba bands. All of them played really well, and the response from the audience of parents, peers and teachers was justifiably positive!
As soon as the drums were back at base, we had a quick staff meeting to review our plans for next… Read More
The last few weeks have been a bit of a whirlwind of activity behind the scenes, while on the surface, things seem to be tipping away as usual!
Firstly, we have been out almost every day delivering workshops with children and young people, working with c. 350 participants each week. This is set to increase in a couple of weeks, when we take on a couple more groups on… Read More
We were extremely saddened this week to learn of the untimely death of Marie Twamley, who we had known for many years, through her involvement in MaSamba, MaSamba do Mananha and Munch Samba in Ballymun.
Marie initially got involved in samba to support her children Rob, Aisling and Ciara to get to and from rehearsals of Munch Samba in their local area of Ballymun. Marie was always on hand… Read More
As one year turns into the next, it is the natural time to take stock of what’s gone before, and to use that information to plan for the future – MaSamba is no different, and that’s exactly what’s been happening over the last couple of weeks.
On the ‘historical’ side, we had a lot of paperwork due in to our key funders, the Department of Social Protection. Some of… 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
Sarah and Ruth made a great start last week, in getting our in-house youth workshops back up and running.
We had decided this year, to go back to basics, and recruit some younger children from around our locality in the Liberties, and start building from scratch. We are lucky in that we have been working in some of the local schools over the last number of years, so not… Read More
SMEI stands for the Society of Music Education in Ireland just held an excellent conference this weekend in Cork, which brought together a whole raft of people involved in lots of different form of music education from all over.
As always, these events throw us a lot of really interesting topics and ideas, and the quality of the presentations was outstanding. It was one of those ‘lightbulb over the… Read More