Day by Day

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 week, and it will be a busy one!


  • Meeting with Simply Zesty about filming the Grand Social show
  • Workshop in Clondalkin with an after-schools project
  • Mega-rehearsal in preparation for two very different sets in the Grand Social and the Purple Room.


2 x workshops in Castleblayney, Co. Monaghan


  • All-day workshop in Scoil Treasa Naofa
  • 2 x workshops in Castleblayney, Co. Monaghan
  • Band rehearsal


  • Finance Training morning with Pobal
  • Scoil Treasa perform on Grafton Street for Love:Live:Music
  • 2 x performances in Castleblayney, Co. Monaghan
  • 1 x workshop in Castleblayney, Co Monaghan
  • Drum Kitchen performance in Connolly Station as part of Love:Live:Music
  • Drum Kitchen and MaSamba perform at the Grand Social


  • Performance in George’s Hill School, Smithfield
  • Performance in Castleblayney, co. Monaghan
  • MaSamba performance in Portlaoise at Feile Peil na n-Óg.


MaSamba perform in the Purple Room, Drogheda, as part of the Global Grooves event.


MaSamba perform at the Drogheda Samba Festival Parade


Of course, between all these events, there is a small mountain of work, moving equipment, tuning equipment, soundchecking, etc, so even the quiet days get really busy.

Still, this week encapsulates all the various strands of MaSamba from high-level performance, through to collaborations with other bands, through the community workshops and performances, through to the boring old office work. On top of this, we are still trying to get to grips with the new security regime at our rehearsal space, but it’s allgrist to the mill – bring it on!!



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Masamba Samba School is Ireland's premier Afro-Brasilian music and dance group.
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