A lovely day out in Gloucesterwith the team performing at Aku & Mark's wedding!
Playing marimba music amongst the tropical plants of the Barbican Centre's conservatory felt very right! Unfortunately not much of the conservatory is visible in the picture, but this was definitely one of the coolest weddings African Marimba Music's events band has had the privilege of playing at this year! Warmest congratulations to Steph & Ben!
Every year in December, more than 300 stars, footballers, philanthropists, and leaders in business and media come together at the Grassroot Soccer World AIDS Day Gala in London to support the Grassroot Soccer charity's work to educate, inspire, and mobilize young people in challenging circumstances to live healthier lives.
Our events marimba band had the honour of providing southern African entertainment during the welcome drinks reception of the evening.
Last night we had the great honour of performing inside the lovely Honourable Society of the Inner Temple! Warmest congratulations to Ngaa and Jon on their union!
Last night we had the honour of entertaining at Star & Obie's beautiful wedding in Kent. In the video below you can see us warming up the wedding party with the sounds of the southern African marimba! We're playing a popular southern African gospel song called Avulekile Amasango. Warmest congrats to Star & Obie on their union!
South African Diaspora UK hosted a lovely get together in Wimbledon Park this past weekend to mark South African Heritage Day, also known as Braai Day.
African Marimba Music had the honour of taking part and got to give a small performance, after which we set up the marimbas on the side and let the kids have a go too.
Afrotake Media put the following short video together to cover some of the day's events:
Congratulations to Louisa & Batsetswe on their union! It was a great pleasure entertaining their guests up in Chesterfield last night, and getting to share a few wedding songs from Botswana, where the groom is from!
What a weekend it's been working with lovely young musicians from Sweden, Norway, Iceland and England - and working alongside a wonderful teaching team of African cultural arts practitioners from Zimbabwe, Tanzania, South Africa, Guinea, The Gambia, France and Sweden! We've returned to London with a thoroughly nourished soul after all the beautiful music and dancing!
The camp started off on Friday afternoon with a round of workshops, before we all gathered in the main concert hall for an evening of live music led by the workshops teachers. There was mbira music, sabar drumming, kora, and of course, marimba.
The camp then continued on Saturday morning with a full two days of workshops. Below you can see a picture of where we were doing our teaching.
We had a lovely two days and worked with a total of 8 groups - ranging from young children to young adults. Below you can see a clip of one of the songs the group from Iceland learnt. It's a folk song from Botswana called Silang Mabele.
On Sunday afternoon, all the student groups got to share some of what they had learnt over the weekend. The oldest group closed the concert with a lovely Mhande-rhythm song from Zimbabwe called Cheke. It's an mbira song arranged by Jacob Mafuleni for the marimba, and the song is about crossing the river.
For more information about marimba workshops, camps and performances in Sweden, visit: www.zimbamarimbaband.com