Clocking up the miles!

We’ve been having some really good fun this Summer with all sorts of amazing gigs and events, and this weekend is a great example!

Last night (Friday) saw the culmination of our project in Castleblayney with a group of local children, which saw is making the journey up north on six occasions to workshop with the group. These kids were amazing – great listeners, good at team work, and very musical, so the whole project was a pleasure. Last night was their chance to shine at the Muckno Mania Festival, where they did two parades, one of them quite long, and were amazing in both!

Here are the amazing children from Castleblayney who put together a really complicated piece of music in just five sessions!

We are also finishing up a series of promotions for the new Brazilian-inspired WKD this weekend. This project started out quite small, but has grown into a considerable piece of work for our dancers – all in all, we’ve really been clocking up the miles!!!

Stella and Michele demonstrating their love for the new Brazilian WKD!

Later today, we are travelling back up to Ballina, to participate in the Mardi Gras Parade, which is part of the Ballina Salmon Festival. This is a night time parade, which culminates in one of the biggest fireworks displays in the country, and if the weather holds, the atmosphere will be amazing! We appreciate the fact that the Festival has really had to cut back its expenditure on acts, and has still decided to book MaSamba – it’s a real vote of confidence!

Meanwhile, in the background, our own Summer Drumming camp is in full swing, and while the numbers could be better, we are hoping for a few extra recruits next week, and to be able to develop a small street show sometime over next weekend.

Also, we are approaching the end of a very interesting project working with a group of people with mental health issues, which has been a really enjoyable process, working with a great group of people.

Next week, we make another visit to Clongowes Wood, where we work with their annual Camp for Special Needs Children – it is always a loud, funny workshop, with plenty of opinionated participants, and we are delighted to be back there for another year.

Finally, with the Liberties Festival kicking off next week, MaSamba’s drummers are likely to pop up here and there around the local community – keep your ears open, and you won’t miss us!

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