Continuing their successful concert series, Kusika and the Zambezi Marimba Band join together for a journey through African music, dance and storytelling that is always a big hit with the Williams community. [Admission $3. Call 413-597-2425 for tickets.]
The Zambezi Marimba Band plays marimba music from Zimbabwe and Ghana. Marimba comes from the Bantu languages of Central Africa where it means “the wood that sings.” African slaves recreated marimba once they arrived in the Americas beginning in the 1600’s. The Zambezi Marimba Band is the only group playing Zimbabwean marimbas on the East Coast. In 1998 the band acquired a set of Ghanaian marimbas, which are called gyil in the Dagara language of northern Ghana. The Zambezi Marimba Band has also developed a repertoire of traditional Mbira (finger xylophone) music.