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: https://marimbajam.wordpress.com/portfolio/marimba-jam-gallery/