My name is Curdajia, I have been a member of the LA Samba kids for about 4 1/2 years now. Every day spent with this program has been a blessing. I have gained so much knowledge not only music-wise, but socially and academically. Being part of the La Samba kids has brought out a side of me that I probably would've never let show until given an opportunity such as this. The program simply brings joy, excitement, and warmth to a child's life. I joined this program in the 6th or 7th grade and I am now a junior in highschool, taking the role of a youth leadership student so that I can help the kids that are where I used to be when first joining the program. I greatly respect and appreciate Mr. Sydney, and Ms. Roya Lisboa for guiding us through life and teaching us to express through music.
When I worked as a teacher where LA Samba Kids were practicing and learning Samba after school I found myself drawn to listen and after dancing to my car for several weeks I wandered over to find out who was making the great Samba music and was surprised to find out it was our students. Sidney and Roya were donating their time, instruments, and money to teach these children patiently giving them the gift of music. Overtime, the program has grown but one thing remains the same, the committment and talent of Sidney and Roya. I wish we had their program at the high school where I currently teach. The power of music to heal is immeasurable and there are few people who bring music like Roya and Sidney and their LA SAMBA KIds.