Links to our social media, funders, sponsors and partners
MaSamba Resources on the Web
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Community Services Programme
Funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development and administered by Pobal, the CSP supports approximately 400 community companies and co-operatives at any given time.
CSP funded services are found in disadvantaged communities where public and private sector services are lacking, for example, due to geographical or social isolation, or because of demand deficits (i.e. where demand is not being met by existing services).
City Of Dublin Youth Service Board (CDYSB)
CDYSB has been providing help and assistance to the young people of Dublin since 1942 when it was established by the City of Dublin Vocational Education Committee (CDVEC), now the City of Dublin Education and Training Board (CDETB). CDYSB has long supported our work with young people in the Dublin area.
Dublin City Council Arts Office
Dublin City Arts Office, based at The LAB, is a specialist service within Dublin City Council, that represents a strategic investment in the arts by the City Council. It has the experience, skills and knowledge to facilitate quality artistic provision, to ensure that the arts remain a vital part of living, working in and visiting the Capital City. Leading, developing and working in partnership, we support artists, arts organisations and the city’s communities to deliver quality arts experiences that contribute to Dublin’s cultural life.
DCC’s Arts Office has supported Masamba’s work for almost two decades.
Dublin City Council Community Section
Dublin City Council’s first Community Service was established in 1973 to work with communities towards improving the quality of life in their areas and has evolved over the last 40 years to encompass social inclusion, integration and multi-culturism. As part of the wider “Culture, Recreation and Amenity” services in Dublin City, it plays a pivotal role in the community and the social fabric of the city helping to develop, support and sustain community and voluntary activity. Across the city, the present day Community and Social Development Unit provides a range of supports including advocacy, advisement, project management, grant aid and other resources, to assist people to fully take part in all aspects of city life. Local teams are available in each of the city’s five administrative areas.
DCC’s Community Section has sponsored many of our projects in the community, including adult education initiatives and training programmes.
IMRO (Irish Music Rights Organisation)
IMRO is a national organisation that administers the performing right in copyright music in Ireland on behalf of its members – who are songwriters, composers and music publishers – and on behalf of the songwriters, composers and music publishers of the international overseas societies that are affiliated to it.
IMRO has occasionally supported MaSamba’s songwriting activities and youth programmes.
Music Network’s mission is promoting, encouraging and funding the highest standards of music creation and performance throughout Ireland. As well as being a powerful information resource, Music Network administer funding programmes such as the Instrument Capital Scheme, which have supported MaSamba’s work.
Endorsements and Support in Kind
Contemporánea Instrumentos Musicais
Contemporánea produce the finest samba percussion instruments, and has been the ‘first choice’ of MaSamba players since we discovered them 21 years ago. Contemporânea generously endorse our work, and have provided many free instruments, as well as supporting our training programmes, etc.
In addition, Contemporánea have designed and printed custom drum skins for us, and created many positive connections for us with musicians, carnival designers, samba schools, and costume designers.
We are in constant contact with the management and designers at Contemporanea, and they have generously hosted Masamba members on our many trips to Brasil. Contemporanea are fine ambassadors for Afro Brazilian percussion, and especially the vibrant Sao Paulo scene.
Hardcase International Ltd.
Established in 1992, HARDCASE INTERNATIONAL LIMITED is a family run company with a dedicated work force of 17 members of staff. Our commitment to quality and the highest level of customer service is paramount and they are extremely proud to remain a British manufacturer.
Masamba partnered with Hardcase to design a range of cases specifically to fit the complete range of samba instruments we use, and in return they provided a huge range of custom cased for us free of charge. Hardcase staff are always available to give advice and support, and we are very proud to be associated with this legendary company.
Dudu Tucci/Percussion Art Center
Dudu Tucci is a multi instrumentalist and master drummer, originally from Sao Paulo, but based in Berlin for many years, where he runs the Percussion Art Center with Krista Zeissig. Dudu has been a mentor and partner to MaSamba since 1996, and we regularly host him at our rehearsal space in the Liberties.
The Beat Initiative
Beat is the lead Carnival Arts organisation in Northern Ireland: providing education, development and work facilities; and producing carnival parades and large-scale performances with thousands of people each year. As well as facilitating it’s own percussion group ‘Beat’n’Drum’, the Beat have collaborated with MaSamba on many projects including several Belfast Carnival parades, and the St. Patrick’s Festival Parade in Dublin.
Brazilian percussion workshops for individuals and groups in the UK, Europe and Rio. Carnaval Transatlântico band. Traditional carnival instruments sales.
“Samba Beats is a research tool for percussionists who wants to learn more about Brazillian percussion.”
Global Grooves creates the environment for Carnival arts, people and communities to thrive.
‘We believe in the overwhelmingly positive impact of Carnival celebration! By injecting a town, a city, organisation, an event or community with the joy and colour and possibilities of Carnival, we can become a catalyst to benefit our societies. We believe that healthy and happy communities need diverse, quality art experiences in which they can get actively involved.
We embrace the fact that everyone can be uplifted in a multitude of ways through Carnival, so we make it our mission to create the environment for Carnival: to bring people together to enjoy, share, collaborate and develop in whatever way appeals to them most.’
World Samba Homepage
A worldwide resource for the samba community.
“Samba Beats is a research tool for percussionists who wants to learn more about Brazillian percussion.
Some of the bands we have worked with, or just admire from afar
Certified nutters from Glasgow – great band too, by the way!
Bloco Eri Okan
Sam Alexander’s excellent bloco afro collective.
Maracatu Estrela do Norte
Sam Alexander’s maracatu group, longest established in the UK.
The London School of Samba (LSS)
London School of Samba is the UK’s original Samba School with a rich history dating back to 1984.
Sapucaiu no Samba
Berlin’s samba-batucada crew!
Rhythms of the City
London’s funky samba crew, under the baton of Barak Schmool.
Hitchin’s finest, and partners with MaSamba for the St. Patrick’s festival 2008.
At the vanguard of Rio’s resurgent bloco scene, MaSamba have worked with these great guys on a number of occasions!
Dublin’s Afro-Cuban vibesters, our regular partners in crime!
Niall Gregory’s ethnic Afro-Cuban maestros, based out of Drogheda.