Baba Marimba integrates eclectic WorldBeat Jazz instrumentation – baritone and soprano marimbas, karimbas, mbiras and kalimbas, conch shells and electric viola, mixed with drums, bass, guitar, horns and flute – and African, Latin, Middle Eastern and Caribbean percussion.
Original compositions draw from world music genres and incorporate the freedom of improvisation and a jazz sensitivity.
When people come to our shows, it’s a bit like playing dress up – each song is a dance piece from a different part of the world, and the women and men play at putting on a different demeanor, a different persona. And then they cut loose! It is wonderful to be playing this music for folks who are having so much fun!– Mark Holdaway, Baba Marimba guitarist