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Incepted in 2004, SMU’s resident Afro-Brazillian percussion band began as a humble dhol percussion group. Since then, SMU Samba Masala has taken on both local and international stages and wowed audiences to establish itself as an esteemed batucada.

We have enthralled audiences worldwide in the USA, United Kingdom and Germany. The prepossessing reputation of Samba Masala assures endless enthusiasm, passionate performances and bold beats. 

The unique blend of dynamic beats and vibrant stage performances promises audiences nothing short of the best in performing arts. Visit our YouTube page to see our family in action!

Under the tutelage of Singapore’s leading percussionists, members will experience a vibrant 2-year journey that will start with learning the basics of their instrument. In no time, even those without prior musical experience will be able to captivate audiences. Through pulsating rhythms or smooth Latin grooves, Samba Masala’s distinctive nature of fusion Asian/Brazilian percussion will exceed expectations with its inimitable music, unparalleled style and sheer showmanship. 

Key events include Annual Christmas Busking, frequent gigs, production recordings, and major festivals like Viva-O-Samba (Southeast Asia’s largest Samba Festival hosted by Samba Masala) and Coburg Festival (World’s largest Samba Festival in Germany).

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Junior Training

Tue & Fri

7:30 pm - 10:30 pm


Senior Training

Thu & Fri

7:30 pm - 10:30 pm or

3:30 pm - 6:30 pm


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Do I need to have prior musical background/know how to play an instrument
to join?

No, members are not required to have
any music background. A good
proportion of our current members did not have any music background prior
to joining Samba Masala. Moreover, members are not taught via music scores but from personal tutelage by their seniors and demonstrations. All are welcome!

Will there be auditions?
Yes. The audition will assess your general sense of rhythm, tempo, coordination and learning speed.

What do you look for in people who want to join Samba Masala?
Our members come from diverse backgrounds, but what we’re looking for are fun-loving people who are willing to try something new!

How many years do I have to commit to the club? 

Samba Masala is a 2-year commitment, unlike many other clubs in SMU! The first year will focus mainly on learning the band’s repertoire and performing for school-based events, while the second year will involve participating in external gigs on top of performances for school events. After 2 years of being a member, you can choose to join our alumni bands to continue your Samba journey.

Do I get to choose the instrument I want to play? 

Auditionees will get to state their top 3 choices. However, these choices will be assessed by our Music and Training Directors during the selection process to ensure that everyone gets placed in the section that they are most suited for.

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