CDYSB Support for Masamba Youth Project
We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded a grant of €2000 by the City of Dublin Youth Service Board (CDYSB). This grant will be used to purchase some new instruments and sticks for our Youth Project, and to provide some workshops in new areas of percussion.
We are delighted to be able to bring in David Day to deliver some sessions in African Drumming to the group. We feel that some knowledge on this subject will educate young band members as to the strong African influence that permeates samba music, and it will also develop and improve playing techniques. David is a great guy, with tons of experience of working with young people, so our tutors will probably be learning a lot from him too!
We will also be starting to do some serious work on maracatu rhythms with Niall Gregory, and Simeon Smith, and will be purchasing some hand-made alfaias, specifically for the group to use – there are going to be a few loud evenings in the rehearsal room!
We are delighted with this news, and the continued support of the CDYSB, who have been a constant ally in helping us to work with young people for many years. Our youth project is also supported through the Community Services Programme and the Arts Council.