Marimba

 
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The Marimba has its roots in Africa and the Americas. The bars that produce the wonderful dark tones are made from rosewood, a hardwood found in tropical forests. The African west coast and Central America are home to many master musicians that play different versions of this instrument. Central America in particular has a long and deep history with the Marimba.

In Guatemala, marimba music can be seen and heard everywhere, even in the remotest corners of the country. The marimba is, in fact, the national instrument of Guatemala, and has been an important part of holiday celebrations for hundreds of years.

 

In Jazz, the marimba has also found a home. Jazz vibes players such as Bobby Hutcherson and Gary Burton have included the marimba in many of their recordings. In fact, the group “Double Image” uses a vibraphone and marimba to head up the band. The popular Jazz fusion group “Spyro Gyra” features a marimba soloist.

 

Marimba trio featuring James on Marimba, guitar and percussion.

 

 

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