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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, Viva-O-Samba – Southeast Asia’s largest Samba Festival hosted by Samba Masala, Coburg Festival – World’s largest Samba Festival in Germany


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

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“Samba is family to me; a group of people who share a strong passion for samba music. Whenever we play, the energy levels are always through the roof and I can feel the good vibes radiating from everybody! In that moment, I have not a single worry in the world!” 
(Mark Wee, 17th Music Director, School of Information Systems, Year 2) 

“Home. These are the people who make waking up early for gigs, staying in school till 12 am for performance preparation and jamming in the store after a whole day of lessons, worth it. The ties I’ve created in Samba are truly irreplaceable.” 
(Nurin Nasuha, 16th Honorary General Secretary, School of Social Sciences, Year 3)


Q1: Do I need to have prior musical background/know how to play an instrument to join?

A1:  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!


Q2: How many years do I have to commit to the club? 

A2: 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.


Q3: Will there be auditions?

A3: Yes. The audition will assess your general sense of rhythm, tempo, coordination and learning speed.


Q4: Do I get to choose the instrument I want to play? 

A4: 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.


Q5: What do you look for in people who want to join Samba Masala?

A5: Our members come from diverse backgrounds, but what we’re looking for are fun-loving people who are willing to try something new!



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