Anzanga African Marimba Ensemble appears one night only January 11


BPA’s Cultural Outreach Program: Anzanga African Marimba Ensemble

Friday, January 11 @ 7:30 p.m.

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, the Anzanga African Marimba Ensemble performs the lively and beautiful melodies of Southern Africa, one night only at BPA on January 11. For over 20 years, the Seattle-based ensemble has brought the electrifying and energizing music of African marimba to festivals, cultural events, schools, and more. Anzanga has toured nationally and internationally and appears regionally in the Northwest Folklife Festival, and Bumbershoot. The troupe’s repertoire is primarily from Zimbabwe, with influences from Mozambique, South Africa and Gambia, in addition to original compositions. This special public performance is part of BPA’s Cultural Outreach Program.

Anzanga plays using eight marimbas—three sopranos, three tenors, a baritone, and a bass—and hoshos, or gourd shakers. The marimbas are hand-crafted xylophones made from various hardwoods. The tuning is based on the tonalities found in Zimbabwean Music. Each key sits above a resonator with a vibrating membrane to amplify the sound and add a unique “buzz” to the music. For a complete list of recordings and further information about booking, visit online at

The Anzanga African Marimba Ensemble appears at BPA one night only on Friday, January 11 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets, $12 for adults, and $8 for seniors, students, youth, military, and teachers, may be purchased online at, by phone at 206.842.8569 or in person at BPA, 200 Madison Avenue North, Bainbridge Island. BPA Box Office hours are 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, and one hour prior to each performance.

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