Press Kit

For booking or other questions, contact or call Deb 360-756-9230

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These documents can be printed out for press and other publicity use. The information is also available below.

About us, Venues Played, Stage Plot, Images

Download Demo Music Clips

About Kuungana

Our band connects with our audience playing both traditional and contemporary African songs with marimba, mbira, drums and singing. Teenager 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 former members of the now retired Juba Marimba (Deb, John and Tedd), and three current and former members of the Big Bad Monkeys - a youth marimba band (Adrienne, Maya and Mo).

We happily share our music through performances, benefits,

parties, fairs, outdoor gatherings and school workshops. ENJOY!

Instrument and Space needs: Marimbas are large instruments. We do need a stage of set-up space that is at least 15X18 feet, preferably against a wall or other backdrop. If indoors, the room needs to be large enough that the instruments do not overpower it. And there needs to be plenty of space for folks to DANCE! We sometimes play with a sound system and will need an electrical feed for this.

Venues played

Kuungana has played at the following venues:
- Maritime Heritage Park (following the Procession of the Species parade)
- Elizabeth Park (Thursday night concert in the park )
- Community Food Co-op, Cordata (Eat Local event)
- Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship ( Dance party with African marimba music)

Whether playing indoors or out, the amazing polyrhythmic sounds of marimbas, mbira, hosho and drums is a celebration of joyous, danceable music.

Upcoming Performances

Our busy fall and summer seasons are over, and this winter, we're mostly learning new songs and reworking others.

Kuungana is available to perform. Please call or email to inquire about our availability. Public performances will be listed here.

Recent Performances

Port of Bellingham, Holiday Port Festival, Saturday, December 6, 2 - 2:50 PM.

Bellingham Bay Marathon, Sunday, September 28, 9:30 AM - noon, State Street Round-About, Bellingham

3rd Annual Art in the Park 2014, Saturday, September 13, 3:30 PM, Hovander Park, Ferndale

SkillShare 2014, Sunday, August 24, 2:30 PM, Hovander Park, Ferndale

Community Co-op Picnic, Sunday, August 17, Meritime Heritage Park, Bellingham, noon - 1:30 FREE

Bellwether Arts Festival, August 15, 4:45 - 5:45, FREE

Fairhaven Outdoor Cinema, Saturday, August 9, 7 PM, $5 for music, fun, giveaways and movie

Zimfest 2014, Sunday, July 27, 1:50 PM, University of Puget Sound, Tacoma day stage, FREE

Two Band Marimba Jam , June 7th, 2014, 7:30 - 10 PM, Center for Spiritual Living at 2224 Yew St. Rd, Adults: $10, Families $22, Students & fixed income: $5   Download poster here

Saturday, May 17, 2014, 9:30 PM, Back to WWU, Fairhaven College Auditorium

Sunday, December 22, 2013, 4 - 5:30. 34th Annual Allied Arts Holiday Festival of the Arts, 1825 Cornwall Ave. (at Ohio St.)

Sunday, September 30, 2013, 9:30-12:30. Bellingham Bay Marathon: Squalicum Creek Park (across Squalicum Pkwy from West St.)

Saturday, May 11, 2013, 7 - 11 PM. Three-band marimba jam (DANCE!) with Kuungana, The Big Bad Monkeys Youth Marimba Band, and Ruvara Marimba Ensemble. Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship, 1207 Ellsworth St. Suggested donation $10 ($5 low income students and seniors).

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