African Marimba Music was honoured to be invited to give workshops at this year's Southburgh Festival of World Music - and what a great day it was! The sun was shining bright and the festival was full of friendly smiles and enthusiastic people! We worked on three songs on the marimbas over the three workshops - and these included Mangwane Mpulele from Botswana, Ekwanongoma from Zimbabwe, and Cha Chimurenga, a cover by Stella Chiweshe from Zimbabwe. We played and sang and had a great time! A big thanks to the festival organisers for having us. We hope to be back again next year!
African Marimba Music has just come back from a lovely long weekend in Paris where we got the opportunity to teach and perform at the inaugural ZimFest Paris. The weekend was all about cultural music from Zimbabwe, even though we of course snuck in some material from Botswana, where Otto, founder of African Marimba Music, comes from.
On offer were marimba, mbira and dance workshops, which included elements of singing as well.
On day one of the festival, workshops started off bright and early at Théâtre de Verre. That evening, the teachers and other collaborators came together to give a lovely concert of traditional music from Zimbabwe - performed on mbira and marimbas, accompanied by drumming, singing and dancing.
On day two, the students mainly focused on solidifying all they had learnt the day before, and in the afternoon they got the chance to perform for one another and showcase some of what they had learnt.
It was such a lovely weekend in Paris with a beautiful mix of cultures and people from all walks of life coming together through music.
Our teaching took us up to Kettering today, where we had the great honour of working with teenagers of African heritage, most of whom were born here in the UK, or moved here when they were very young. We shared some folk songs from Zimbabwe on the marimbas, and got to sing and dance a bit as well.
We spent a few hours over in Southend-On-Sea this afternoon sharing some cultural music from Zimbabwe with the local people. We performed a bit and led a few short music workshops on the marimbas.
African Marimba Music spent the day in Coventry at Heritage Zimbabwe Culture Day. We shared some marimba songs with the young children and had a general jam towards the end of the afternoon with some of the attendees who grew up playing the marimba in Zimbabwe. These are always the best parts of these days out - meeting people who haven't played or seen a marimba in many years, and being able to give them the opportunity to reunite with the instrument and the songs.
In the evening we got the pleasure of performing an hour long set for the attendees at the culture day event, before joining Stella Chiweshe on the stage. We performed two of her songs with her - Cha Chimurenga and Huya Uzoona.
Here are a few pictures and videos from the day.
We had the pleasure of holding workshops at the Black Market & Film Festival in Tottenham. Here are a few pictures and videos from the day.