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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Ever wanted to try doundoun drumming?! Join a beginner's workshop in Halifax 7pm this Thursday evening August 25th, There's space for an extra person or two. Doundouns are the bass drums with bells that traditionally accompany djembes in west African drumming. They are a blast to play! A little background in djembe or other drumming/rhythm/music helpful but not essential. We'll start you off with the basics. Message for details.

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Hello! This message is to invite your group to Hal-Con’s
Fourth Annual Halloween Parade, to be held Rain or Shine
on Saturday October 29th 2016, starting and ending at the
Front Plaza area of the New Halifax Central Library.

Here is the Facebook event page Link for the Parade:

If your Group plans to attend, Please have a representative
send an RSVP email travers@hal-con.com and/or
parade@hal-con.com, no later than Saturday October 15th.
Those entered will receive further information and updates
before the Parade. Thank you; hope to have your group with us!
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Fourth Annual Hal-Con Halloween Street Parade

October 29, 2016, 9:30am - October 29, 2016, 12:30pm

Fourth Annual Hal-Con Halloween Street Parade START AND ENDS – Halifax NEW Central Library, Front Plaza area – Queen St / Spring Garden Road Halifax and Hal-Con knows Halloween isn’t just for ...

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Remember folks, there is no Samba Nova practice during the entire month of August. Practices will resume in September when any new members or players are invited to participate. If you saw us play during the pride parade and want to try it out that's the time to come.

Stay tuned for an update here!
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This is ridiculous! We LOVE it!!!

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