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Samba Nova is Halifax’s Brazilian style samba batucada band!

The band ranges from 15-25 people depending on the season and we perform annually at various parades, festivals, events and benefits and paid gigs. Some of our pieces are very traditional and others highlight some funky beats.

Pssssttt…. not a big secret here… you can join! We welcome new band members whether experienced musicians or aspiring musicians or people who have always wanted to try. We’re very accessible and open and patient. If you’re reading this and wondering about it, how about coming for a visit!

The band was founded in 1989 by the late Matthieu Keijser and has thrived since he left us in 2006, for four years under the excellent leadership of Carlos Pessoa, and now with a shared musical leadership of Ian Taylor and Alex Nunes

“We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams.”

Browse the site, follow us on Facebook, check our Twitter feed, search for us on Youtube, send an email, look for us around the city or come to an open workshop and play samba with us!

 

Samba Nova at Nocturne 2012

Watch this video on YouTube.

Playing for CBC at the Bluenose marathon!

Having fun at NSCAD's Artist for a Day!! There was plenty of booty shakin' going down!!

Saturday May 13 - Come to Samba Nova's outdoor show at NSCAD's Artist For a Day at the Port Campus near the Halifax Seaport Farmer's Market main entrance: Feet tapping & body shaking! We dare you to stay still when Samba Nova is performing. Halifax’s Brazilian-style samba batucada band is a special guest at for Artist for a Day and will play for approximately 45 minutes outside starting at 12 noon.

Weekly practice Tuesday nights at 6pm at Saint Matthews church - arrive 15-30 minutes early if you can. Open to all!

Samba ENERGY at the race start line!!! Listen for the thunder of the samba drums! BOOM BOOM we'll be echoing around the area to send the runners on their way!

Bluenose Marathon start line samba Booster!

Samba ENERGY at the race start line!!! Listen for the thunder of the samba drums! BOOM BOOM we'll be echoing around the area to send the runners on their way!

May 21, 2017 - May 21, 2017

Come to NSCAD's Artist For a Day at the port campus. Have fun in the various exhibits making art, then come boogie to the samba beats outside around 11am or so! http://nscad.ca/en/home/galleriesevents/artistforaday.aspx

Artist For a Day at NSCAD's port campus

Come to NSCAD's Artist For a Day at the port campus. Have fun in the various exhibits making art, then come boogie to the samba beats outside around 11am or so! http://nscad.ca/en/home/galleriesevents/artistforaday.aspx

May 13, 2017 - May 14, 2017

Saucy Cow in a quieter moment of practice (ie John not jumping around like a monkey)

Come join in on a samba practice tonight! (Tuesday) at Saint Matthews church on Barrington Street. Come through the lower south side doors to the gym. If it's your first time you should arrive at 5:30 at the very latest so that you'll have a chance to try out an instrument before the actual practice starts at 6 o'clock. We can give you a brief tutorial so that you're not starting from scratch. Everything you need to know to practice along with the band can be taught in 15 or 20 minutes. Samba Nova is a community band open to all! Email sambanova@gmail.com for any questions.