Back in 1994, when the City Arts Centre commissioned Colin Blakey to run a series of drumming workshops for its staff, none of us could have imagined that that group would still be performing, learning and teaching a full 20 years later.
We’re not quite there yet, but 2014 will be MaSamba’s 20th anniversary, and we are definitely looking forward to it, as a major milestone in our development. But before we look forward, we have to look back, and assess the early days of the band, and all the amazing people who have contributed to our continued success.
Of course, 20 years ago, computers were still in their infancy, there was no internet, and photography and music recording were 100% analog affairs, so looking back is not so easy, and actually requires physically digging out files, sorting through them, and deciding what is actually of importance, and is worth sharing.
Right now, we are in that process, and over the last couple of weeks, we have started to gather together paperwork, cassettes, minidisks and photographs, so that we can begin the editing process. The work is slow, because every second document elicits a memory, and a little journey up memory lane – it brings a smile to the lips, but eats up valuable time!
There are also a series of other activities in train at the moment, but more about those later – for now – it’s back to the vaults!