Simeon Smith is a native of Dublin, Ireland, but grew in the western City of
He has achieved a BA is Arts and an MA in Community Development, both from NUIG, and in 2007 achieved a primary qualification as a counsellor in Reality Therapy/Choice Theory.
Simeon has been playing samba for 22 years, and is a founding member of MaSamba Samba School.
Over this period, he has received formal and informal training from many of the top practitioners in the field, and facilitated many top samba artists to visit and teach in Ireland.
In this time he has developed a huge musical repertoire, covering many of the popular styles of Afro-Brasilian music.
As an Educator
Simeon has taught for National University of Ireland Galway, University of Limerick, and the Royal Irish Academy of Music, as well as being responsible for setting up over 20 samba bands in Ireland and the UK. Simeon has spent over 6,500 hours teaching samba thusfar in his career.
Simeon has developed many of the unique teaching methodologies used by MaSamba Samba School and is regularly asked to deliver workshop programmes with samba bands, music teachers and corporate groups.
As a Musician
Simeon is Musical Director of MaSamba Samba School in Dublin and one of the only full time percussionists in Ireland. In recent years, he has played extensively throughout Ireland with over 100 performances a year under his belt.
In 2005, he performed on the world tour of world music pioneers Dead Can Dance.
In 2007 and 2008, Simeon played with the Rio-based group Monobloco on tours of the UK and Ireland.
Simeon has toured Brazil on several occasions, having the opportunity to study carnival traditions in Rio, Sao Paulo, Recife, Olinda and Salvador.
In 2009, Simeon also studied carnival celebrations in Switzerland and Austria. He is also currently writing the percussion parts for a forthcoming Kíla track.
Simeon is a proud endorsee for Pro Mark, Pearl Percussion, Sabian, Leiva Cajons, Hardcase and Protection Racket.