About Us

Rio-Style Samba in Dublin

Morro 16 is a vibrant samba ensemble ('bloco') based in Dublin, Ireland.  

Our signature style of samba is 'batucada', typically played at carnival in Rio de Janeiro and other cities around Brazil.

Our live percussive performances are infectious, bringing the energy, rhythm and vibe of Rio carnival to the streets & clubs of Ireland.

Morro 16 first played together on the Hill 16 terrace of Croke Park during the Ireland vs. Brazil soccer friendly in 2008. We have played at some of Ireland's largest festivals including Electric Picnic, the Festival of World Cultures, St. Patrick's Festival and the Drogheda Samba Festival.

Our members, from Ireland, Brazil and beyond, are experienced samba percussionists, who have played samba in carnivals and festivals throughout the world.

If you are interested in having us play at your event, we would be delighted to hear from you, so please get in touch.

Morro 16 gratefully acknowledge funding received to purchase instruments.  In 2012 we were presented with funding from the Music Network Capital Scheme, funded by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.