As the end of June draws near, it’s worth looking back at what has been a fantastic month for Masamba. However, right now, there is too much in the immediate future to allow for that!
On Monday, we began a summer drumming camp with our old friends in Charlesland (Greystones). We have been working in this area for over a year, funded by Music Generation Wicklow, and have slowly developed a really great corps of skilled and enthusiastic drummers. This particular project will continue all week, leading towards a performance as part of the ‘Taste of Wicklow’ festival on Saturday evening.
Today, Tuesday, we started the day at a Family Day in George’s Hill Primary School, delivering an interactive performance with all of the students, and a few special guests on the drums. Afterwards, we were treated to an amazing multicultural buffet with food from China, Vietnam, Mongolia and India amongst the food on offer. Then, it was a quick race out to Charlesland for day 2 of the Summer Camp.
On Wednesday, we are making another journey to County Monaghan tomorrow evening to lead a workshop with 100 young people as part of a nationwide youth programme. So that’s south to Greystones (Charlesland), do a workshop, straight from there to Monaghan, and another workshop.
In addition to that, some of our drummers and dancers, and performing for Amazon tomorrow night, as they host a World Cup themed party – sounds like it could be a late one!!
On Thursday, we are back in Charlesland, and then racing back to Dublin for our own Masamba Youth Project rehearsals – the last one in St. James’s school for the summer. We hope to announce a great new location for the project in the next few weeks.
Friday, is kind of straightforward – the last rehearsal with our Charlesland gang ahead of their gig the following day.
Saturday, it gets crazy! During the day, we have a top team of drummers and dancers out performing at the Pride Parade in Dublin. This year, we are working with Mastercard under the banner ‘#acceptancematters’. We haven’t forgotten our friends in the INTO LGBT group or Nando’s, as we are organising drummers for them too. Plenty of logistics to be sorted for all that.
As soon as the Pride Parade is over, we are on the bus to Wicklow Town for the Taste of Wicklow event. This gig will be unusual in that it brings together students from the Music Generation Wicklow summer camp with members of Masamba and the Masamba Youth Project for a gala performance. In addition, we will be performing a couple of tunes with Seo Linn, a group famous for taking pop songs and creating Irish language lyrics for them. This will be a new challenge for us, but no doubt, we’ll rise to the challenge!
Even Sunday isn’t a day off for us this week: We will be heading over to Merrion Square, to perform and deliver workshops as part of the National Play Day celebrations. This project is funded by our friends in Dublin City Council, and if the weather stays as good as it has been, we are guaranteed from fun in the sun!
Finally, for this week, we will be heading over to Áras and Uachtárain as guests of the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins. The event is a special concert to celebrate all the organisations that the President acts as a patron of. We are hoping that we can help persuade him to go forward for another term in office, as we believe he has been doing an amazing job for Ireland, for the Arts in Ireland, and for those living in disadvantage in Ireland.
When all this is over, we will do a full review of the month – it’s been a rollercoaster ride, but fun all the way!!