Baba Marimba World Beat Dance Band™ plays music filled with energy and joy. 
Musicians from left to right: Joe Townend, Andrea Eckhardt, Mark Holdaway, Heidi Wilson, Martin Tiernan, 
Robert “Swami” Peizer and Mike Ankomeus.

 Hi Baba fans:

We're ready for the holiday season with our 4th studio recording release, "Rumba de la Noche." We so appreciate all our donors and contributors who helped make it possible for us to create such beautifully recorded music - and we're not stopping! We have lots more coming in the near future, and we'll be appearing at even more venues in 2023. So much to be grateful for - and y'all are at the top of the list!

Our next gig is Saturday December 3rd at Monterey Court (thanks GREG HAVER for hosting us!), from 7-10 pm. Early reservations are recommended as this is high season for out-of-towners (i.e. snowbirds) who take advantage of the perfect Tucson winter climate to gather at all the best venues. Great food, great bar, great entertainment! Reserve your tables at

We'll be formally releasing Rumba then, and of course we'll have custom-printed thumb drives available with all 6 of our recordings.
Get 'em while they're hot!

And from our esteemed bassist and arranger Joe Townend, who wrote this song (we call him "Quincy Joe"):

"Rumba is the rhythm of romance and desire. The call is a cry for connection - a plea and a promise.  Let the seductive rhythm draw you in. It's ancient and it's now."


Mark Quote

When people come to our shows, it’s a bit like playing dress up – each song is a 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” - Mark Holdaway, Baba Marimba guitarist

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

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