Samba Nova is Halifax’s Brazilian style samba batucada band! We’re a registered not-for-profit society operating as a community musical group. The band’s membership ranges from 20-30 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 blend new rhythms with the older ones. With the addition of Celtic style fiddle, occasionally Newfie ugly sticks and other shenanigans it’s a sound totally unique to the area.
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.”