Samba Nova is Halifax’s Brazilian style samba batucada band!
Weekly samba practice is on again, Tuesdays at 6:30 pm at St. Matt’s church gym (details). All welcome – no experience necessary! Click that link to learn more.
The band ranges from 15-30 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
Approaching our 25th year, longtime band member Doug Myers wrote a history of Samba Nova. We plan to create a more media-rich web page with all of the archival material and videos and sound bites in the summer of 2018.
“We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams.”
— CBC Nova Scotia (@CBCNS) May 21, 2017