Anzanga Marimba Ensemble
Public Performance: Friday, January 11 @ 7:30 p.m.
“Anzanga’s is a pure and positive sound—true heart medicine.” — Rhythm Music Magazine
In honor of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, the Anzanga Marimba Ensemble performs the lively and beautiful melodies of Southern Africa, one night only at BPA. For over 25 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 appeared 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.
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Photos: Mary Cairns Photography