MARIMBA JAM! is a community action project created to share the joy of playing marimbas with learners from underprivileged schools in South Africa. It is an initiative created to bridge the gap of inequality between privileged and underprivileged schools in South Africa, by giving underprivileged learners the opportunity to expression themselves through rhythm and music. It aims to promote cultural and social harmony across the socio-economic barriers.

During the first week of the June holidays (25-29 June), Kiara Ramklass and Sixolile Beja held a marimba workshop to teach 10 learners from Zimasa Secondary School (in Langa) how to play marimbas. The lessons took place from 10am-3pm daily.

There is a certain indescribable energy that surges through a marimba band when everyone plays together. This energy has the power to uplift people, make their problems less overwhelming, stimulate their minds for learning and ultimately, offer a joyous space where they can freely express themselves in a cultural manner.

Despite the long hours of the workshop, this energy in the band was never lost.

On Saturday, 21 July 2012, a benefit concert was held at Wynberg Girls’ High School to raise funds to purchase a set of marimbas for the continuation of Marimba Jam.

The concert included performances by the Zimasa learners from the workshop, as well as, a variety of other bands including: Wynberg Girls’ High Senior and Junior Marimba Bands, Wynberg Boys’ Gumboot Dancers, Wynberg Girls’ Ubuntu Society, Sibahle’s Marimba Band, St Georges’ High Marimba Band, Wynberg Girls’ Dance Society and a number of solo singers.

Thank you to everyone who supported the benefit concert and contributed in any way.

Thank you for being a part of this initiative to share the rhythm of Africa and slowly help bridge the gap between priviliged and underprivilged schools.

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