Testimonials

‘Thanks a million for all your hard work – you’re a superstar here in Greystones!!!’

Grainne McLoughlin – Greystones Summer Festival/ AOIFE National Executive PRO

 

‘We are very much aware of the excellent work being done by maSamba Samba School in the (South Inner City) area and wish you every success in the future’

Niall Ring, Manager, IFSC Dublin Inner City Trust.

 

‘We were delighted with the events and have had a fantastic response to your presence in them – as before you were all a pleasure to work with’

Maggie Fitzsimons, Artistic Director, Samhlaiocht Chiarrai Festival, Tralee, Co. Kerry

 

‘Thanks a million for making the Latin American Dance Party perfect for the 2nd year in a row! Hope you all enjoyed it as much as we did!’

Lisa Belmour, Samhlaiocht Chiarrai Festival.

 

‘I write to thank all the maSamba drummers for taking part in the Family Day in the National Gallery of Ireland. We enjoyed working with all of you. We have been receiving calls all this week from people telling us how much they enjoyed the event. The Family Day proved to be a great success and a large part of that success is due to your performance’

Marie Bourke, Head of Education, National Gallery of Ireland

 

‘For a magical moment representing the possibilities of cultural equality I must single out the performance by the Whiz Kids (the group’s stage name), our local samba band for under 12’s based at the City Arts Centre who, as part of the 25th Anniversary party, gave such a mighty performance. Musically exhilarating and wholly committed, they were absolutely and totally there for their 20-minute set. The dancing, the energy, the interaction with the audience is what seasoned performers dream of. We were with them on the night, carried off to that place which needs no explanation, no justification. This band of small musicians represented all the dreams past and to come and I realised why I have persisted over 25 years and still seek the promised vision that culture is about having a future’

Sandy Fitzgerald, Executive Director, City Arts Centre,

City Arts Centre, Annual Review 1998.

‘I really liked all the drums and I really liked the agogo bells. I cannot wait to play on Friday. I know everyone will like us. Thank you very much. It was a (once in a) lifetime experience. I hope you will come again’

Lorna Savage, 6th Class Scoil Catherine, Rush, Co. Dublin

 

‘What a treat to have you come and play at Esat Digifone yesterday.  I couldn’t believe my ears when I heard a surdo from up on the fourth floor.  Surprises like that are few and far between in my job’

Caroline O’Dea, ICT Dept, Esat Digifone

 

‘I enjoyed the repinique workshop on Saturday, it’s good the way it’s aimed at people who have been playing for a while .I hope there will be more. I’d like to see some of our players here in Wicklow to be involved in workshops like that.’

Aoife Pedreschi, Band Leader, Sambista, Wicklow

 

‘You were excellent and many here have commented to us how much they enjoyed your music – let us know where we might see you play again’

Siobhán and Tom Tierney, Carlingford, Co. Louth

 

‘I greatly appreciate your involvement in teaching both music modules and particularly the planning and organising of the Dublin study trip. They are still talking about it!

Noreen Murphy, Co-ordinator, Leaving Certificate Applied Programme,

Limerick Youth Service

‘Compliments of all for excellent workshop. It was a magic hit’

Monica Hughes, Irish Wheelchair Association, Clane, Co. Kildare

Thanks so much for everything. MaSamba really made the wedding reception. Everyone loved the band: Kathy and I especially – what a wonderful, joyous contribution!’

Brendan Hughes, Rush

‘well done and Thanks…Everybody really enjoyed the performance. I will heartily recommend you to all enquiries. Keep up the good work!’

Colm Croffey, Director, Ballinasloe International Horse Fair/Chairperson AOIFE.

 

‘Many thanks for the workshop. The feedback has been very positive from students and also the staff who attended the performance’

Brian O’Keeffe, Bursar, Clongowes Wood College, Naas, Co. Kildare.

 

‘We thought the day was absolutely brilliant, we had many different activities and think your one was the best!”

Robert Barry, Student, Clongowes Wood College, Naas, Co. Kildare.

 

“Thanks so much for maSamba’s wonderful contribution to the (Special Olympics) Opening Ceremony. The arrival in the stadium of the Special Olympics Flag was a truly magical moment. I always knew it would be special but it far exceeded my wildest hopes.”

Mary Davis, CEO, Special Olympics World Games

‘Samhlaíocht are delighted with the success of this year’s festival and are very much aware that without your contribution and involvement our parade would not have been as vibrant and visual as it was. We are very grateful to you and your group and…it was a pleasure to work with such professionalism…’

June Carey, Samhlaíocht Chiarraí Festival.

 

‘My appreciation was greatly enhanced by the extraordinary show offered by maSamba during the (St. Patrick’s Day) celebrations. It was a very symbolic example of Brazilian culture, proving that the samba is indeed one of the most direct cultural links between Brazil and the rest of the world. This is the perfect time to appreciate and acknowledge the efforts of people like you, who have been promoting the sounds of Brazil for the last nine years.’

Stélio Marcos Amarante, Ambassador of Brazil

‘I wish to thank maSamba most sincerely for joining for our World Music Day at the National Concert Hall.

Feedback from our guests and patrons on the day and since has been extremely positive and complimentary, and it was a pleasure to work with you for the event.’

Sinéad Hope, Corporate Friends and Project Manager, National Concert Hall.

‘Thanks to all those who joined us in drumming in the New Year with our Brazilian Carinval and fab Samba Band, the night was a huge success and we have already been inundated with great comments and further requests to bring back the exotic dancers!!’

Chantelle Meegan, Manager, Tonic Bar and Restaurant, Blackrock, Co. Dublin.

 

‘There has been fantastic feedback about the parade and the performance in the Town Square. maSamba were perfect for the finale, the entertainment generated an electric energy around the town on Saturday night. You brought a fabulous highlight to our event and, as always, you are a pleasure to work with’

Noreen Thompson, Event Co-ordinator,
Samhlaiocht Chiarrai Festival, Tralee, Co. Kerry

‘Thank you so much for coming to school on Thursday – it was fantastic, and the kids really enjoyed it!  Hope to see you next time you come to Wrexham!’

Erin Elston, Music Teacher, Rhosnesni High School, Wrexham, Wales

‘Thanks to you and the guys. You were spectacular. Everyone was raving about you. I was super impressed.’

Noreen Murphy, Heineken Ireland

 

‘Brian was also delighted with the guys who worked on the day so thank

you for all your help with this Ulster Bank event !’

Kate Shorten, Fleishman Europe

‘Thank you so much for your contribution to our launch event – it sounded fantastic! It has been a pleasure working with you and hope to see you again soon.’

Zena Jay Ellis, UK Centre for Carnival Arts

‘Thanks for all your work. It is most impressive, and we are very grateful to you.’

Denis Costello, Principal, Scoil Iosagain, Crumlin, Dublin 12.

‘I just want to say a big congratulations again for such an amazing parade through Temple Bar.  Everyone is talking about it’

The outfits, professionalism and brilliant behaviour of all the kids involved is really a credit to you and your work at MaSamba Samba School.

I very much look forward to working with you again in the future.’

Eimear Chaomhánach, Cultural Development Executive, Temple Bar Cultural Trust

‘MaSamba’s ability to collaborate with professional musicians and engage students at widely varying levels of ability across the generational spectrum (the EEDS has students from ages 8 to 80,) made it clear why he has been so successful at leading MaSamba to such a high degree of musicality. Brazilian percussion and dance is about community, and Simeon has paved the way in terms of using the “Escola de Samba” model in pursuit of community building and artistry. I can speak for everyone involved with the EEDS in saying that MaSamba’s musicianship and virtuosity was stunning. Since MaSamba left Chicago, many of our students have asked when they will return. The EEDS is already in the process of rehearsing and choreographing 2 new pieces that Simeon taught us.’

Chris Hasselbring, Director, Evanston Escola de Samba, Evanston, Illinois.

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