The marimba is a musical instrument in the percussion family. Keys or bars (usually made of wood) are struck with mallets to produce musical tones. In Africa, most, marimbas are made by local artisans from locally available materials. The keys are arranged as those of a piano, with the accidentals raised vertically and overlapping the natural keys to aid the performer both visually and physically.
The band Azumah (Azumah is a Swahili word meaning love, peace and happiness) formed in 1955 and comprised of a number of Marimba players, African drummers, percussionists, vocalists and African dancers. The group has appeared in numerous films along with dozens of TV appearances and recorded many albums over the years.
They were the major traditional music contribution for the African musical “Sikulu” which ran in Johannesburg for 8 months and subsequently had two seasons in Cape Town before setting off on an 18 nation’s worldwide tour which lasted several years. During that tour Azumah had a long season in London and played in the USA. A number of Azumah members appeared in the internationally acclaimed theatre production “Ipi Tombi” both locally and in London.
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