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.

Q: How do you stash your samba instruments while an orchestra is practicing? A: Vewwy quietly!

Come on up... can you hear it?

Hey friends, there's no practice tonight February 14, due to the weather.

Samba Nova added an event.

Samba Practice

This is our weekly open samba practice. Everyone is welcome! Learn by doing and watching. Instruments are provided. The first week is free and it's just $5 per week after that. Come have some samba fun! Play in the Pride Parade this summer!

February 07, 2017 - February 07, 2017

The first open practice of 2017 is tonight January 10th! Come to Saint Matthews Church gym (the south entrance down through the side gate) at 5:45pm at the latest if you want to come listen or try your hand at samba percussion. We'll set you up on a set of bells or a small hand drum or a larger bass drum depending on who's there tonight. Learn by watching! Learn by doing! It's a fun and powerful feeling to make thunderous rythmns with like-minded people. The first week is FREE - $5 a week after that. See http://sambanova.org for more information.

Happy 2017 from Samba Nova!!! Practice resumes on January 10th. If you want to join us, just get in touch here.

Tuesday night practice. Yeah we were listening to Ian explain a new part. This is between the thunder.

Wake up, my beauties...!