In recent weeks, and largely behind the scenes, Masamba has moved.
To say that it has been a difficult process would be an understatement. We all know that rental rates in Dublin have shot up again in recent months, and landlords are not interested in doing deals with community organisations who cannot pay these rates. In addition, we can confirm that there are lots of landlords sitting on properties who don’t want to rent them out, for whatever reason. That is their business, but posting spurious ads on daft.ie, etc. didn’t make our job any easier.
In addition, trying to relocate without a big budget meant that many things were done voluntarily by band members and friends, and to negotiate deals on everything else just takes time.
On the positive side, we have made a few really good contacts through this process, and in particular, we would like to thanks Sparky and his team of lads from Poppintree Youth Service, and John and Keith from Cachimbo, who lent us a hand, even though our plight didn’t directly affect them.
We were also able to donate a lot of stuff we didn’t need to other deserving organisations so, for example, a local secondary school took some spare lockers we had, a youth club gained some useful bits and pieces, and some of our furniture is going to the NCBI. Even our plants have been relocated to the the Jigsaw space. I think it’s fair to say that we did everything we could to avoid wastage, and to leave almost noting in the old space.
Tonight, Wednesday, we had our first rehearsal in Jigsaw, just off Mountjoy Square. This is a community-based facility, and though smaller than we are used to, it will do us just fine for the moment – it was just great to be playing drums again!!
In all, this if the fifth major move Masamba has made in it’s 22 year history, and no doubt it won’t be our last – it just seems to get tougher every time!