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: 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!

Heritage Day Celebrations

Marimba Jam joined in on the celebration of Heritage Day on the 24th of September 2017.The band met together at the Iziko museum to bring music to all who were visiting that day.

We began at 10am, performing outside- allowing for the public to sing and dance along to our vibrant African Marimba tunes. Children gathered and we used this as an opportunity to teach the South African Youth some Marimba. Later on, we moved our setup and played inside the museum next to the whale exhibit.

It was a lovely day to bring music to all in celebration of our country, unifying the diverse cultures of South Africa with music. It was a wonderful experience to celebrate with others who also love their country.

We thank all who joined us during the day!

Marimba Jam Festival 2017

This year, our second annual Marimba Jam Festival took place at the Joseph Stone Auditorium on the 17th August 2017.

Over 200 female learners from around Cape Town gathered together to perform the African Marimbas. The energy on stage was overwhelming- particularly in the mass items. The festival consisted of a variety of performances from various school groups, ranging from Traditional African tunes to the latest Pop songs.

The Junior Mass Item concluded the first half of the evening. 100 young learners, many of whom were performing for the first time, played No More Tears (amaAmbush) and Tshosholoza (Ndebele Folk Song) together on stage. The Senior Mass Item ended the Festival and involved all participants of the show. Mbube/The Lion Sleeps Tonight (Solomon Linda), Qongqothwane/Click Song (Xhosa Traditional Song) and Ashanti (Kiara Ramklass) were the three items performed- each with a mass of energy, lively singing and dancing from all our learners.

Thanks to the profits from our first Marimba Jam Festival in 2016, we were able to start our first Outreach Group with 13 girls from Chris Hani Arts and Culture School in Khayelitsha earlier this year. This year’s festival was this group’s first performance and they did not disappoint!

Our Marimba Jam Performing Band played three items, each arranged by our own Rachel Suttle, namely: Great Heart (Johnny Clegg), Lord of the Dance (Irish Folk Song) and Special Star (Mango Groove). Special Star featured four guest artists- Lauren McDonald (Violin), Bianca van der Westhuizen (Tenor Saxophone), Julianne van Zuydam (Penny Whistle) and Dimpho Fatman (Vocals).

We would like to thank each of our students for the time, effort and commitment that they put into this year’s Festival- we are so proud of your incredible performances. Thank you to our teachers, band members and volunteers- without you, the show would not have been a success.

We would also like to thank the following schools and people for their support in this year’s Marimba Jam Festival:

Springfield Convent School, Wynberg Girls’ High School, Wynberg Girls’ Junior School, St Cyprian’s School and Chris Hani Arts and Culture School. Ross Johnson, Nomsa Mpofu, Colleen Hart, Bridgitte Franke, Marianne Martens, Dizu Plaatjies, Konica Minolta, Carl Anthony and Zoe Stevens.

A special thank you to DrummingSA for donating 100 djembe drums for the mass items and to the Joseph Stone Auditorium and the EON Group for allowing us to host our Festival at your venue.

See you all next year!

See our official photos from the festival here:

Music For Madiba

Thanks to Smile 90.4FM, Mandela Day was celebrated in every corner of Cape Town by filling the city with music. Marimba Jam had the privilege of being a part of the Music for Madiba initiative by spending our 67 minutes on Sea Point Promenade sharing our music with anyone that would listen. Not only was it a day spent raising funds towards music development for underprivileged children, but it was clear that the spirit of unity was felt by all throughout Cape Town. It was an incredible opportunity to honour Nelson Mandela by sharing our talent with the public.
Thank you to everyone that contributed to the donations and to all that came to watch, we had a blast! A special thanks to Smile 90.4FM for organizing this mass busking event- we hope for it to continue for years to come!

Smile 90.4 fm

Music for Madiba is an initiative created by Smile 90.4 fm for this year’s Mandela Day (Tuesday 18th July). 67 buskers in 67 locations around Cape Town making Music for Madiba for 67 minutes!

Marimba Jam is taking part in this project- we will be located on Sea Point Promenade from 12:00 to 13:07.

The funds raised during these 67 minutes will go towards music development for underprivileged children.

On Thursday 13th July 2017, we made our way to the Smile fm studio and got to jam with the Smile team- going on live at 9:50 am. This was a great experience and we cannot wait to make our Music for Madiba!