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What does a marimba band sound like? Here are two MP3 files

1. Isu Tauya Pano - 2. Amaxoxo


AFRICIAN MARIMBA BOOKS

Pieces in these books are arranged for seven diatonic marimbas in the keys of C and G, and can be played on any of the Shona style marimbas that have taken this country by storm. I learned the pieces from various teachers at festivals and in workshops. The first two in the series contain traditional and contemporary African pieces taught by Zimbabwean, Paul Mataruse, with whom many of us who are interested in Zimbabwean music have studied. In addition to the Zimbabwean-style marimba groups, school and college marimba ensembles will find the pieces interesting, challenging, and appropriate. The pieces are written in standard music notation and have (usually) seven parts.

 

AM1

AFRICAN MARIMBA: VOLUME ONE
Beginning Tunes - a collection of the easiest tunes from volumes 1-4
Transcribed by Bonnie Carol

Book $25.00

Table of Contents:

  • Amaxoxo
  • Baba Mudiki
  • Buya iAfrica
  • Chikende
  • Chikomba
  • Duduluza
  • eKwanangoma
  • Gandanga
  • Kgapotso
  • Kopa
  • Maggie
  • Manhanga
  • Musangano
  • Musha Wangu Urikudenga
  • Osano
  • Sarura Wako
  • Shona Na
  • Siyakudumisa
 

AM2

AFRICAN MARIMBA: VOLUME TWO
Old and New Tunes
Transcribed by Bonnie Carol

Book $25.00

Table of Contents:

  • Buya iAfrica
  • Chikende
  • The First of March
  • Hwa Hwa Rine Nge Nyama
  • Kgapotso
  • Kuzanga
  • Mahororo
  • Manyatera
  • Mombe Yeumai
  • Musangano
  • Nhemamusasa
  • Nhemamusasa Yekutanga
  • Nyamaropa
  • Sarura Wako
  • Shona Na
  • Shumba
  • Siti, Muasikana Adadeka
  • Siyakudumisa
  • Taireva
 

AM3

AFRICAN MARIMBA: VOLUME THREE
A Retrospective of a Lifetime of Work
Alport Mhlanga

Book $25.00

Table of Contents:

  • Amaxoxo
  • Bekezela
  • Chiradza II
  • Dana
  • Duduluza
  • Ectasy
  • eKwanangoma
  • Festival Fever
  • Kgopotso
  • Kopa
  • Maggie
  • Maimbo
  • Ndinolila
  • Nyathela
  • Osano
  • Ranchera
  • Ssir Matimba
  • The Third of June
  • Thula Mtananmi
  • Tshebetshehbe
  • Umdhaka
 

AM4 AFRICAN MARIMBA: VOLUME FOUR
Eight African Pieces Arranged for Ensembles of Seven Marimbas
As taught by Paul Mataruse in the USA
Book $25.00 -

Table of Contents:

  • Baba Mudiki - © Paul Mataruse
  • Chemutengure - traditional, arranged by Paul Mataruse
  • Chikomba - traditional, arranged by Paul Mataruse
  • Gandanga - © Paul Mataruse
  • Manhanga - traditional, arranged by Paul Mataruse
  • Mhunza Musha - © Paul Mataruse
  • Musha Wangu Urikudenga - church song, arranged by Paul Mataruse
  • Taireva - traditional, arranged by Paul Mataruse

AM5 AFRICAN MARIMBA: VOLUME FIVE
Nine African Pieces Arranged for Ensembles of Seven Marimbas
As taught by Paul Mataruse in the USA
Book $25.00 -

Table of Contents:

  • Ariko Munyaradzi - traditional, arranged by Paul Mataruse
  • Hanga - traditional, arranged by Paul Mataruse
  • Mbube - © Solomon Linda, arranged by Paul Mataruse
  • Mudzimu Wangu - traditional, arranged by Paul Mataruse
  • Out of the Nest - © Fiona Cannon & Dean Samuel
  • Ranchera - © Alport Mhlanga, arranged by Paul Mataruse
  • Shauri Yako - © NGuashi N’timbo, arranged by Paul Mataruse
  • Tanzania - composer unknown, arranged by Paul Mataruse
  • Taurai Zvenyu - © Paul Matavire, arranged for marimba by Paul Mataruse

 

 


AFRICAN MARIMBA BAND

AFRICAN MARIMBA ENSEMBLE
Bonnie plays in and directs WILD OKAPI MARIMBAS. Nothing can charge an event like colorful, lively, danceable African music. Great for formal concerts, dance parties, weddings, picnics, Zamboni christenings, community gatherings and ceremonies - you get the idea, we play anywhere people are having fun! The centerpiece instruments of the group are the marimbas which Okapi member Max Krimmel built (seven of them; they resemble large xylophones). So… let these crazy cross rhythms transport your thoughts and set your feet to flappin'.

 

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Okapi Marimba
WILD OKAPI MARIMBA

THE SHONA TRIBE OF ZIMBABWE
Much of our marimba music is based on the mbira tradition of the Shona people, the majority cultural group in Zimbabwe. This music is known world wide for its intricate interlocking polyrhythmic melodies. The mbira is the ancient tribal
instrumemnt of the Shona peoples, dating back thousands of years.

Okaipi

The OKAPI, our namesake, is a very decorative endangered relative of the Giraffe with a 14 inch long, blue tongue!

Bonnie Carol
There’s little more fun than an African music concert or dance party as you see from this photo of the some scarey marimba friends on HALLOWEEN, 2001. 

OkapiOnStage

Okapi Marimba Ensemble - on stage at the Boulder Theater 2010
OkapiBow

 


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