Samba Nova is Halifax’s Brazilian style samba batucada band!

Playing the Chester art festival in August 2017

Playing the Chester art festival in August 2017

What a great summer we had!

We played on the streets this year the way samba is supposed to be played. The music took root in Brazil in the streets, played by ordinary people on simple instruments, and taking it outside in summer is the highlight of the year. We played Switch Open Streets and a Downtown Business commission festival in Dartmouth, we played at the Sands at Salter in downtown Halifax, and we won the Best Non-Profit Entry in the 2017 Halifax Pride Parade! There were several other notable gigs this year, and now we take a break for the month of August.

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

“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.