SambaStef Drumming workshops for schools, family fun day, samba, repinique, samba in ireland

About me

Stephanie Pawula aka ‘Samba Stef’ is a percussionist based in Sligo and a music facilitator for schools & community groups. She offers an interactive and fun music education solution for schools, groups and events.


Through out her journey as a performer and a music tutor, Stephanie has worked with community & youth groups, schools and amateur samba bands from all over the country.


She has worked in collaboration with The Beat Initiative from Belfast, Rhythm Riot from Killkenny, Artscope from Dublin, Kadakaboom Arts from Drogheda, Inishowen Carnvival Group, Bui Bog from Wexford, Arcana from Galway and Itchy Feet from Sligo.

SambaStef Tamborim Samba Sligo Parade Samboeire Samba Band

In 2016, Stephanie worked for Music Generation Sligo as a tutor for the Show Punkit in collaboration with Music Network (Dublin) and Love Music (Edinburgh, Scotland). The show involved 60 primary school pupils from 2 Sligo School who worked over 3 month to present a 40mn percussion show in the Hawkswell Theater.


The drumming workshops Stephanie delivers are a full hands-on session where every participant gets to play an instrument or two if time allow.


Her relaxed and fun teaching style always get everybody to play together and understand how rhythms works.

SambaStef Conga Percusion Swagman Session Sligo Town

Stephanie has gathered a wide range of musical experience over the last 10 years, having learned and played with masters of percussion from the UK, Brazil, Cuba and Africa such as:


  • Ravin ‘Raz’ Jayasuriya from One Voice Music UK

  • Barak Schmool from Rhythm of the City, London School of Samba, Royal Academy of Music

  • Paul Clarvis, from the UK, Sligo Jazz Project

  • Angel Panguele Terry from Buena Vista Social Club, Cuba

  • Jean-Christophe Jacquin and Jérôme Boumendil from Sambatuc, Paris

  • Dudu Tucci from Slavadore, Brazil

  • Seckou Keita from Casamance, Senegal

  • John Paul Courtney from Toque Tambor UK

  • Jorge Martins from Recife, Brazil

As well as being a percussion fanatic Stephanie is also an event manager with a flexible and resourceful personality, who has worked for the following:


  • Winchester Chamber Music Festival 2016 (Stage Manager)

  • Samba Fusion 2010 - 2016 (Event coordinator with One Voice Music)

  • Cairde Festival Sligo 2011-2016 (Financial Manager)

  • Netnakisum Irish Tour 2015 (Co Producer)

  • European Encontro of Maracatus 2014 (Event co organiser & Parade Coordinator)

  • Carrick-on-Shannon Multicultural Day 2013 (Event Producer)

  • Oxford Chamber Music Festival 2008 - 2012 (Artist Liaison)