Endings and Beginnings

As the school year draws to a close, so too do a lot of our projects with children and young people – every day this week, drums have been returning to the space from various projects, and the inevitable blizzard of paperwork which will tidy it all up!

As one set of projects ends, we begin into the summer project season of work with young people in the communities around Dublin. This end of the work has been severely reduced as a result of funding cuts to the youth services, but we are glad to see some of the projects we have worked with for years coming back to us again and again.

One major project in the offing will be a new series of workshop with our youth group whereby they learn to read percussion notation and use it to decipher a piece of music sent from afar. After taking some time to digest and work on the piece, the group will meet with its author to see if they got it right. This project is funded through the Arts Council’s Young Ensembles Scheme and through the Community Services Programme.

As for the immediate future, the band is performing in the Drogheda Samba Festival parade this Sunday – if the weather holds, it should be a cracker!

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