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!



Our second annual Marimba Jam Festival will be taking place on Thursday 17th August 2017 at the Joseph Stone Auditorium in Athlone!

This year, we will have over 200 learners performing from various schools around Cape Town. Thanks to the profits from last year’s festival, Marimba Jam has been able to start our Outreach Group from Chris Hani Secondary School who will also be performing.

You can book your tickets at Tickets are limited, so we encourage you to book your tickets soon.

Tickets are priced at R100 per adult and R50 per student.

Featured: Marimba Jam, Chris Hani Secondary, Springfield Convent, Wynberg Girls’ High, Wynberg Girls’ Junior, Grove Primary, St. Cyprians.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Africa Day at Artscape

Marimba Jam had the honour of performing at The Artscape Theatre Centre, Thursday, 25 May, as part of the Africa Day celebrations!

The event was organised by the Western Cape Government and Assitej as a part of the Cradle for Creativity project. Marimba Jam partnered with Assitej earlier this year for this initiative that aims to inspire the South African Youth through the arts.

Delegates from around the world gathered at the Artscape for the congress and were treated to a spectacular performance after the speeches. Marimba Jam collaborated with a traditional djembe group,  a drum-line as well as a African- Traditional choir for an outside performance. This high-energy parade of events attracted hundreds and the spirit of South African unity was ever-present throughout the festivities.

The theme for Africa Day 2017 was “Harnessing the demographic dividend through investments in youth”. Here at Marimba Jam, we strive to enhance the lives of the South African youth through the gift of music. We teach over 100 learners on a weekly basis, many of whom have never had any other musical training. Our outreach program allows students from different socio-economic backgrounds to build relations through their love of the African Marimbas.

We are proud to have been a part of the Africa Day celebrations for 2017!



Outreach Program with Chris Hani

Today we launched our Outreach Program for 2017! We have partnered with Chris Hani Secondary School and Springfield Convent School.

Marimba Jam began as a similar outreach project that aimed to break socio-economic barriers between students through African Marimba Music. This year, we are able to continue in achieving this goal and will be able to include the Chris Hani Girl Marimba Band in our annual Marimba Jam Festival!

Chris Hani is an “Arts and Culture focus School” situated in Khayelitsha. Our lessons are based at Springfield and some of our senior students are able to help lead these sessions. This allows the opportunity for relationships to develop between the learners.

Thanks to the profits from last year’s Marimba Jam Festival and the generous donations towards this project, we were able to make this possible!


Students at FACETS

Huge congratulations to all of our bands who competed in the FACETS Eisteddfod held at San Souci’s High School last night.

Our bands performed exceptionally well and every single one of our bands achieved a mark of above 90%! (See marks below). The competition was tougher than ever before, with a record 16 marimba bands entering this year’s category!

Well done to the following bands who represented their schools, as well as, Marimba Jam last night:

Springfield Grade 7:
90% (First Place in the Junior School Category)

Springfield Grade 10:

Springfield Grade 11:

Springfield Grade 12:
93% (Third Place in the Senior School category)

Wynberg Girls’ High Junior Band:
94% (Second Place in the Senior School Category AND won a special prize for “Best Junior High School Band”)

Wynberg Girls’ High Senior Band:
95% (Tied for First Place with St Cyprians Grade 10 band)

Thank you to the parents and teachers who made this night possible!


On Wednesday, 12th April 2017, Marimba Jam performed live at the V&A Waterfront Amphitheater in Cape Town.

Marimba Jam has recently teamed up with Assitej- an outreach organisation that aims to transform society through the South African youth. This particular performance was a promotional gig for Assitej’s “Cradle for Creativity” taking place in May.

We invited two of our student bands from Springfield Convent School to join our performance, and each band played brilliantly.

Thank you to everyone who came to support- we hope that you enjoyed the performance!


Open Streets April 2017

On Sunday 2 April, Marimba Jam set up along the side of Eiselben Road in Mitchell’s Plain as part of the Open Streets Project in Cape Town.

This was the second time our Performing Band has joined the Open Streets Project, the first time being in 2015! This year, we found the project to be more populated and our band was quite the attraction. Many spectators gathered while we played our vibrant tunes, with some joining our performance with street dancing.

Open Streets is an international initiative aimed at changing our views of how we connect with the community. The public are encouraged to bring skateboards, roller-skates, bicycles or their walking shoes while they participate in the interactive activities and performances along a closed off road for a few hours.

This was a fantastic space for Marimba Jam to share our love for African Music with the community of Cape Town and we are sure to be a part of the Open Streets project in the future!