The marimba is the descendant of the traditional african xylophones, such as the balafon, originated in West Africa around the 13th Century. These instruments migrated to America since the slave trade and have evolved throughout centuries towards what we know now as modern marimbas, xylophones and vibraphones. This instrument became really popular in South Africa during the eighties, and the complete marimba string is usually composed of 3 different marimbas: bass, medium and high. We introduced the teaching of this instrument at the Imvula Music program in early 2016, as it is one of the main instruments of the South African musical culture.
This instrument is taught at the Imvula Music Program – South Africa