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Formed in 1999 and based in Dublin, Sonna Samba is a dynamic and entertaining samba band. This drum troupe uses a variety of Latin and South American rhythms to create an exciting experience for the audience. It is led and run by Ciara Byrne aka (the Ma), who is a highly experienced facilitator. Sonna Samba has brought their unique and vibrant sound to a wide variety of events throughout Ireland. The music’s powerful percussive sound is an ideal addition to any event and the infectious rhythms are guaranteed to have everyone on their feet dancing. Both indoor and outdoor occasions can be catered for and Sonna Samba is equally at home within a function, festival, parade or corporate setting throughout Ireland.

Sonna Samba’s repertoire includes both original compositions and some well known samba pieces influenced by reggae, carnival, Brazilian and hip hop styles. Amongst the many percussion instruments used are surdos, snares, tambourims, repinique, various shakers, agogo and cow bells, djembes, darbukas, timbas and tambourines.

Sonna Samba rehearses weekly with a membership of over 20 musicians. The band plays in full uniform.

Sonna Samba is a unique and exciting band that will liven up any occasion, big or small with a sprinkle of carnival spice!!