10012764_755417984482724_590026294_oSamba 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.”

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

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Samba Nova plays in the Batucada style of samba. The wide variety of instruments used in a batucada include:

Repinique, a high-pitched tom-tom like drum played with a single stick (or two long sticks) and the hand. Traditionally the leader of the ensemble uses the repinique (also referred to as 'repique') to direct and solo.

Surdo, a large drum with an average size of 50 cm in diameter. It provides the downbeat, the bass downbeat of the rhythm. When only one surdo is playing, it accentuates the 2nd and 4th beat of every measure. When a second surdo is playing, it is tuned slightly higher and is played accentuating the first and third beats of the measure. A third surdo de terceira or Surdo-mor syncopates in between the beats.

Tamborim, a small drum usually played with a stick or a multi-pronged plastic beater.

Bells (agogô).

Chocalho (Ganzá, Rocar, and shakers of various types and materials).

Caixa de guerra, a deeper snare drum w/ wires on batter head and

Timbal, a long cone-like drum that is used to produce both high & low tones in the ensemble. It is usually played with hands and creates a similar timbre as the West African Djembé.

Apito, a small plastic, metal or wooden whistle.
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Open practice tonight, Tuesday October 25. St. Matthews church (come in the lower south door before 6pm).

No experience necessary, all levels welcome! It's not suitable for small children. First week is free.

Come have some samba fun! Come just listen or come and play. Check out video clips at sambanova.org.
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