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Mhara Marimba

Mhara Marimba are an Afro Zimbabwean marimba dance band. Some of their songs are hundreds of years old and originally played on the thumb piano or mbira. Added to this influence is the energy of contemporary dance music.

“We are all acoustic and even though the marimba notes are made of wood, they are designed to carry sound and draw people in from a distance to dance.”

Their introduction to this music was through Russell Matthews who studied it abroad and formed a Nelson band, Mweya. He visited Kelston 10 years ago, made their instruments and taught them most of what they play today.

The band have connected with Zimbabwean community members and are learning some new music including playing the ancient mbira.

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