FACETS Competition 2018

FACETS is an all-round arts competition hosted in Cape Town by San Souci Girls’ High School each year. For a few years now, FACETS has included a marimba ensemble category which still continues to grow- this year there were two prizes awarded for a Junior Category (Junior School-Grade 9) and for a Senior Category (Grades 10-12).

Marimba Jam is proud to have entered 11 bands this year from Springfield Convent School, Wynberg Girls’ High School, Cannon’s Creek Independent School and SACS High School. The competition was tough with many bands showing a high standard of playing as well as incredible energy on stage!

Congratulations to the following bands for winning their Categories:

Junior Category Winners: Springfield Convent Grade 9 Band

Senior Category Winners: SACS High School Senior Band and Wynberg Girls’ High School Grade 10 Band (tied for first place with a score of 90%)

It is always incredible to see a variety of bands perform on the same stage, we are so proud of each of our bands and especially our First Place Winners!

We would also like to thank Ross Johnson for adjudicating this year’s competition. We value the time and feedback you gave to our learners and appreciated your constructive criticism  which we have taken to heart.

Looking forward to more amazing performances from our learners!



Open Streets 25 Feb 2018

Marimba Jam joined the Open Streets initiative again this February. We played throughout the day at the start of the activities in Woodstock.
Open Streets is an inspired initiative aimed to promote community-building and a more festive view of the city we live in. This time, Main Road was closed to traffic from Woodstock to the City Centre and was opened to the public!

Join us again on 25 March 2018 in Mitchell’s Plein for the next Open Streets day. We will be including some of our school bands this time round!

Cape Town Concert Series

We are thrilled to announce the start of our Concert Series with Échos des Femmes and our Chris Hani Outreach Band. See our performance dates below!

This concert series is the first of its kind as German Hunting Horns and African Marimbas have performed together- and we are proud to be a part of this female-driven collaboration.

All of the performances are free to the public!German Tour Poster

Marimba Jam Teacher’s Training 2018

Towards the end of January, the Marimba Jam Teacher’s Training Course took place. This course took place over 2 weeks in which all trainees were to learn practical methods, educational psychology and marimba history.

Each trainee was also expected to attend an audition session at one of the various schools Marimba Jam teaches at, as well as to shadow two school-band lessons in order to gain practical experience and feed back.

Over the final weekend of January, we held our practical, oral and written exams as well as our Graduation Ceremony and jam session on the Sea Point Promenade.

Marimba Jam is proud to welcome our newly qualified teachers as well as the few who obtained the Marimba Jam Apprenticeship for 2018. We are looking forward to working with these passionate and enthusiastic team members this year!



The time for Marimba Jam’s Annual Teacher Training Course is getting closer!

For 2018, we have decided to open up this course to the public. Please note that you must be 18 or over to partake in this course. Exceptions may be made if you are 17 and matriculated in 2017.

If you are interested in joining our band or staff, you will need to complete this course.

Who can do the course?

The only pre-requisite for this course is that you can already play the African Marimbas.

About the Course:

This qualification will prepare you for teaching the African Marimbas to groups of students in a fun, energetic and informed way. There is a lot more to teaching than knowing how to teach the pieces and this course will properly equip you for being the educator and mentor in the classroom.

This course will prepare you for the professional marimba industry- enabling you to apply for a permanent or part-time position at Marimba Jam. Once you have received this qualification, you are under no obligation to be a part of Marimba Jam. However, if you would like to be a part of our performing band, admin staff or teaching staff- having this qualification is a requirement.



The cost of this course is R200 per person.

The Training Course has been carefully structured to take place over 3 weekends. It is vital that you attend all 3 sessions, as they each cover different aspects of the course which will come up in the final written exam and practical exam. The written exam is something you take home and complete at your own pace and return to us to mark. There will also be a practical exam during the last weekend.

Saturday 13th January: 09h00-12h00

Saturday 20th January: 09h00-12h00

Saturday 27th January: 09h00-12h00 (prac exam + hand in written exam)

Monday 29th January: Graduation Ceremony TBC

You will be required to make yourself available to ‘shadow’ 2 lessons during the week of the 22nd-26th January, so you can observe the methods in action. You will also be required to ‘shadow’ one audition session lead by a senior member on either the 17th, 18th or 19th of January.


If you would like to take part in our course or have any further queries, please email us: marimba_jam@yahoo.com by Monday, 8th January 2018.

Marimba Jam Eisteddfod 2017

This year, Marimba Jam launched our very first Marimba Jam Eisteddfod!

This is a competition that is the first of it’s kind- an All African Marimba Eisteddfod. The competition allows student African Marimba Bands to show off their skills and compete in an environment that is both competitive and festive.

This year, the event was hosted by Springfield Convent School at their outdoor stage, allowing parents and friends to braai and picnic while watching the performances. The adjudicator was Dizu Plaaitjies- the head of African Music at UCT.

The evening was a huge success and highly competitive, with many bands earning diploma or honours in their categories.

The results were as follows:

First Place in the Junior Category: “The Originals”- Springfield Convent Grade 7

First Place in the Intermediate Category: “The Dynamics”- Wynberg Girls’ High School Grade 8

First Place in the Senior Category: “Rumble”- Springfield Convent Grade 11

Spirit Award: “Beats and Buns”- Wynberg Girls’ High School Grade 11

Winning School: Springfield Convent

Congratulations to all the participants of this year’s Eisteddfod! We hope to see this competition grow in the years ahead.

Open Streets Woodstock

Open Streets is an inspired initiative that aims to bring the community into the streets. This time, Main Road in Woodstock was closed to traffic and opened to the public. Marimba Jam has partaken in various Open Streets projects in Cape Town since 2015, and it is always a festive and vibrant experience!

Marimba Jam was joined by two of our student bands on the day- “Beats and Buns” from Wynberg Girls’ High School and “Hakuna Matata” from Springfield Convent. Our students made us proud by keeping their energy throughout the day and jamming beautifully with our Marimba Jam members!

Don’t miss out on the next Open Streets Project- it truly is a great opportunity to experience the community coming together and sharing their talents!