Baba Marimba plays WorldBeat Jazz – music filled with dance and joy.
Musicians: Heidi Wilson, Mike Ankomeus, Mark Holdaway, Andrea Ekardt,
Joe Townend, Martin Tiernan and Robert “Swami” Peizer.

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

Read Tucson Weekly review of our CD Tangos de los Muertos.