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by Rutendo Marimba

The inspiring and joyful dance music of Zimbabwe, a tantalizing blend of marimba, voice and drum.
Genre: World: World Traditions
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1. Gandanga (Live)
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2. Jabberwocky
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3. Marenje
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4. Mazai (Live)
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5. Nguva Yangu
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6. Vaiti Minda
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7. Mudzimu Wangu (Live)
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8. Chikara (Live)
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9. Kanimambo
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10. Bangidza (Live)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Rutendo is forever grateful to the people of Zimbabwe who have shared this music with us! Our teachers are truly an inspiration and it is our great joy to share these songs with our audiences who instantly feel connected to the Spirit of the music.

In the 1960's a group of visionary teachers and social activists resolved to open an arts school in Zimbabwe dedicated to preserving traditional native music forms. Taking traditional mbira songs (a llamelaphone of ancient roots), they transferred the melodic lines to an ensemble of seven marimbas, soprano through bass, and the Zimbabwean marimba style was born.

This music was brought to the Pacific Northwest by Dumisani Maraire, a native Zimbabwean who came to Washington State in 1968. The music touched the heart of many students who then began their own marimba bands under his guidance. Today a large community of marimba bands exists, hosting Zimbabwean teachers in workshops, festivals and homes.

Rutendo's audiences have this to say about the band: Love this music! Terrific group, happy, joyful pleasant music. Please bring them back, they inspired everyone!

Band members include:
Reed Bentley, our Space Captain, an indispensable member of many local bands including OSF musicals.
Koeby Johnson, 'obie wan Koeby', teaches Social Science at an undisclosed Rogue Valley school.
Casey Frieder, our Barker, is a master of the healing arts.
Lindsay Campbell, Queen of the Beat, is no stranger to Zim music. She started early in Friday Harbor.
John Johns, the Shredder, is a metal aficionado and red hot guitar player.
Jeffri Carrington, the Songbird, unites our vocalists in sonic harmony
Ron Hart, cerebral guru, is transitioning from SOU student to public music teacher in '17
Joshua Graner, our newest member, is a wizard of the healing arts.
Jan Christensen, our fearless leader, has been around forever.

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