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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.

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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First practice of the season! All welcome. It's a perfect time for new people to come and try your hand on a samba instrument. The first week is free and it's $5 a week after that. You're also welcome to come and listen. You have to arrive at the lower doors of the St. Matt's gym (on the right side of the church down the concrete walkway/steps) by 5:45 pm in order to get in. Come have some samba fun! ... See MoreSee Less

Samba Nova open practice

September 6, 2016, 5:45pm - September 6, 2016, 7:30pm

First practice of the season! All welcome. It's a perfect time for new people to come and try your hand on a samba instrument. The first week is free and it's $5 a week after that. You're also welcome...

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Samba Nova open practice

September 6, 2016, 5:45pm - September 6, 2016, 7:30pm

First practice of the season! All welcome. It's a perfect time for new people to come and try your hand on a samba instrument. The first week is free and it's $5 a week after that. You're also welcome...

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