Music that touches the soul!
The passion of the musicians and the spirit of the music is truly electrifying.
Just try sitting still while they are playing!
Our band joins together to play both traditional and contemporary African songs on marimba, mbira, drums and voices. Teenagers and adults join together to play this joyful music. KUUNGANA itself is a Swahili word that means to connect or join.
This lively, danceable music will get your feet tapping and your hips swaying in time to the complex, enticing rhythms. Listeners often call this “happy music” and people of all ages respond to it with enthusiasm and delight.
We in the band play this amazing music for the joy it brings to us and to the audience. The lead marimba carries the musical storyline, the other marimbas carry the melodic patterns that weave through the song, and the traditional “hosho”, or gourd rattles, hold the driving beat. It all comes together in a tapestry of music guaranteed to get you out of your seat and onto the dance floor.
Our band consists of three veterans of the now retired Juba Marimba- Bellingham’s premier marimba band (Deb, John and Tedd), one veteran of Kuva Rhythm Project, three veterans of Bellingham’s youth marimba bands (Adrienne, Jesse and Rachel) and our newest member who has come from a Seattle marimba band Nyamuziwa.