The MaSamba office is open early this Monday, trying to get ahead of a very busy week’s work. Not only will it be busy, but it will be very varied, with many aspects of the band’s work vying for attention.
Firstly, our Monday night rehearsals resume tonight after a few weeks lay off. Once we had our demo recording sessions finished, we took a break for a while, to plan and re-organise where we want to go with that group. Tonight sees a ‘new’ beginning and some new members – all very exciting stuff!
Tomorrow, we are heading up to Clones to help kickstart a new school project up there. We will be delivering them a brand spanking new set of drums too, so another new beginning.
On Wednesday, we have an important meeting with St. Paul’s School in North Brunswick Street, with a view to setting up a project there, initially with TY students, but hopefully, expanding to involve a wider clientele, and perhaps some after-schools activities. This will be a multi-partnered approach between ourselves, the Seen and Heard Carnival Group, the School and the local School Completion Programme, so the main focus is to make sure that we have more drumming sessions than meetings! We are excited about this project as it represents the success of our targeted approach to developmental music making in the inner city.
On Thursday, we are gigging as part of Nutgrove Shopping Centre’s Arts week, which is a new event for us, but seems very well organised, and looks like it should be fun!
On Friday, we have two funding deadlines, so that will be an office-bound day, probably with the usual last minute dash to get stuff in before 5.,30pm – a necessary evil!
Finally, on Saturday, we are delivering a workshop as part of Ranelagh Arts Festival, which is a nice way to round out the week!