Almost every day, we are hearing more positive news about vaccinations and the gradual re-opening of Irish society.
While the live music industry has been left in limbo, we are at least seeing some test events planned, which hopefully will signpost the way back to indoor concerts and large festivals – it can’t come soon enough!
Masamba has been back teaching in schools since mid-October 2020, though we had another enforced break in January and February of this year. We worked hard, and invested money into developing a safe way of working in schools, but other than our friends in St. James’s Primary School, most schools have been very reticent about inviting external tutors onto their premises. That is starting to change, and over the last few weeks, we have been back in another regular haunt – Scoil Iosagain in Crumlin. We have also delivered a short series of teacher-training sessions in Loreto College, also in Crumlin.
Suddenly, though, we’ve seen some last minute action as schools organise once-off drumming days, instead of traditional school tours. We will actually be in schools every day next week, working with St. Laurence’s, Baldoyle, Donore National School, in Co. Louth and the aforementioned Scoil Iosagain. Of course, everything dies off for the summer months, but it is heartening to see schools opening up again and we hope that it points to a busy Autumn season!
While there will no festivals this summer, Dublin City Council have put out a call for local outdoor performances, and we hope to pick up a couple of localised shows around the city. It will also offer us the opportunity to collaborate with some other bands and dancers, which is always fun!
Finally, we hope to be able to resume regular adult band rehearsals and sessions with the Masamba Youth Project in the near future. We have been made homeless in recent weeks, but we have a plan for a new rehearsal venue in the Liberties, and from there it will be onwards and upwards.