2014 Tour Schedule

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Portland, OR
Saturday, April 19, 2014
With Boka Marimba
Catlin Gabel School, 8825 SW Barnes Rd, Portland, OR
Doors at 6:00pm, show at 6:30pm
$10-15 suggested donation, kids under 12 free

Eugene, OR
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Cozmic Pizza, 199 W 8th Ave, Eugene, OR
Doors at 6:30, show at 7:00pm
$10-15 general admission, $5 students

Ashland, OR
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Church, 87 4th St, Ashland, OR
Doors at 6:45, show at 7:15pm
$10 suggested donation, $5 students

Berkeley, CA, 2014
Saturday, April 26, 2014
With Julia Chigamba and the Chinyakare Ensemble
Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley CA
Doors at 8:30pm, show at 9:00pm
$12 advance, $15 day of show

San Mateo, CA
Sunday, April 27, 2014
College of San Mateo, 1700 W Hillsdale Blvd, San Mateo, CA
Doors at 7pm, show at 7:30pm
$15 general admission, $5 students with ID or kids under 12
The Seattle show was cancelled due to an issue with the venue.

Maru-a-Pula Marimba Tour 2014

The award-winning Maru-a-Pula marimba band will tour from Seattle to San Francisco to raise funds for the school’s orphans and vulnerable children scholarship program. This is the fifth such U.S. tour.

Tour Dates

Seattle: April 14-18, 2014
Portland: April 19-22, 2014
Eugene and Ashland: April 22-23, 2014
San Francisco Bay Area: April 24 – 30, 2014

Inquiries

The MAP Marimba band is currently scheduling performances for approximately the above dates. To inquire about scheduling a performance, please contact:

Richard Kassissieh
American Friends Of Maru-a-Pula
richard@afmap.org

Past Tours

2012 Maru-a-Pula Marimba Tour (New York and New England)
2010 Maru-a-Pula Marimba Tour (Pacific Northwest)
2008 Maru-a-Pula Marimba Tour (New York and New England)

View videos from past performances

Listen

Ekwanongoma (MP3 file)

About the Band

The Maru-a-Pula Marimba Band is an internationally-recognized, professional-quality student performance group. Michael Sibanda is the group’s musical director and Maru-a-Pula School marimba teacher.

The 2008 MAP Marimba band was featured on the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric and in the Boston Globe. Director Alport Mhlanga traveled as the distinguished guest of MyLinda King in Portland, OR twice and Professor Ernest Brown of Williams College.

The band released the 17-track studio album Tears of Joy in 2001, Live at the Forum in 2008, and 2010 U.S. Tourin 2010. Tears of Joy won the Botswana Music Award for “Best Instrumental Music” in 2002.

Alport Mhlanga introduced marimbas Maru-a-Pula School in 1988. The wooden, calabash resonator gives the marimba its distinctive sound. The marimba band’s first performance was in March 1988 in Maitisong. They have since performed in Brazil, Canada, the USA, Zimbabwe, and South Africa.

Among the band’s privileged audience have been: Former Presidents Festus Mogae and Sir Ketumile Masire, President George Bush, and Mpule Kwelagobe, former Miss Universe. They have played at the Grahamstown festival, at a world symposium of scientists in Cape Town, at the 10th anniversary of the South African embassy, at SADC conferences, at community weddings, and at the SOS Children’s Village.

Maru-a-Pula consistently ranks as one of the top schools in all of Africa and regularly sends its students to universities across the US and UK. Many of Botswana’s leaders—ministers, businesswomen, doctors—are graduates of Maru-a-Pula.

Botswana has one of the highest AIDS rates in the world, with more than 30,000 AIDS orphans. The school funds 30 full orphan scholarships and hopes to raise this number to 45 by the school’s 45th anniversary in 2017.

In Memoriam

In Loving Memory of Dr. Alport Kaliso Mhlanga Astazio
25TH MARCH 1945 TO 26TH JUNE 2012
Maitisong, 9 July 2012

Alport

When they sit down to write the history of Maru-a-Pula School in Botswana, inside the many acres of space they will need to chronicle the institution’s storied past and present, a small portion, perhaps a corner, will be dedicated to Alport Mhlanga. They will say he was a good man, grandfatherly, not averse to a good laugh or conversation tinted with his unique, if not odd, sense of humor. They will say he was a man at once gregarious and intensely private; available to all yet reserved; ubiquitous yet inscrutable. And those who saw him do what he loved and knew best, looming behind his vivacious band of young marimba musicians, will say he was a master musician, a great teacher, and an inspiration. Alport Mhlanga, was a composer, ethnomusicologist, educator, and marimba maker, performed and taught marimba since 1964. He was the mainstay at Kwanongoma College of Music in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe for many years before moving to Maru-A-Pula School in Gaborone, Botswana, where he taught music for 25 years and was the Director of Marimba and Musical Outreach programmes.

His work in the music industry is internationally recognized as evidenced by the many seminars, performances and workshops that had a global reach stretching from Zimbabwe, Botswana, Mozambique, South Africa, Canada, Sweden, USA across 25 States, Brazil, Finland and Portugal. His expertise in Marimba earned the affectionate title: KING OF MARIMBA!

Alport’s music has been captured on three marimba CDs entitled “Vibrant Zimbabwe,” “Kwanomoto,” and “Tears of Joy.” The latter won an award under ‘BOMA2002’ (Botswana Music Awards 2002) as the best marimba group and was nominated for an award under SAMA (South African Music Awards) 2003, which
was held at the Sun City in South Africa. Alport’s music travels took him to Brazil, Canada, Finland, Mozambique, South Africa, Sweden, the United States, and Zimbabwe.

He is survived by his wife Mrs. Simomotshwane Margaret Mhlanga Astazio a constant companion for over 41 years. He also leaves behind three children: Thandi, Dumisani , Daniel & 10 grandchildren. His remaining family also includes his father.

Mr. X, Baba, Mr. Dr. Mhlanga Kaliso Astazio will be greatly missed and remembered.

Rest in peace.

Maru-a-Pula Marimba Tour 2012

image001In April 2012, the award-winning Maru-a-Pula marimba band played performances in New York and New England to raise funds for the school’s orphan scholarship program. This was the fourth such U.S. tour.

Please visit the school’s Facebook page and scroll down to May 2010 for photos and video from the previous tour.

2010 Maru-a-Pula Marimba Tour (Pacific Northwest)

2008 Maru-a-Pula Marimba Tour (New York and New England)

2012 Maru-a-Pula Marimba Tour

Featured Shows

April 19: Chen Dance Center, Manhattan, 7:00-9:00pm

April 22: Williams College, Williamstown, MA, 7:30pm
Brooks-Rogers Concert Hall

April 24: Latchis Theater, Brattleboro, VT (hosted by Putney School), 7:30pm

April 30: Sheraton Commander Hotel, Cambridge, MA, 7:30-9:00pm

Other Performances

April 17, 18: Riverdale Country Day School, Riverdale, NY

April 19: IN-Tech Academy, Bronx, NY

April 20: Riverdale Poetry Café, Riverdale, NY

April 23: Deerfield Academy, Deerfield, MA

April 25: Hotchkiss School, Lakeville, CT

April 26: Taft School, Watertown, CT

April 27: Milton Academy, Milton, MA

April 28: St. Paul’s School, Concord, NH

April 29: Phillips Academy, Andover, MA

April 30: Roxbury Latin School, West Roxbury, MA

The 2008 MAP Marimba band tour was featured on the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric and in the Boston Globe. Alport Mhlanga traveled as the distinguished guest of MyLinda King in Portland, OR twice and Professor Ernest Brown of Williams College.

The band released the 17-track studio album Tears of Joy in 2001, Live at the Forum in 2008, and 2010 U.S. Tourin 2010. Tears of Joy won the Botswana Music Award for “Best Instrumental Music” in 2002.

Alport Mhlanga introduced marimbas Maru-a-Pula School in 1988. The wooden, calabash resonator gives the marimba its distinctive sound. The marimba band’s first performance was in March 1988 in Maitisong. They have since performed in Brazil, Canada, the USA, Zimbabwe, and South Africa.

Among the band’s privileged audience have been: Former Presidents Festus Mogae and Sir Ketumile Masire, President George Bush, and Mpule Kwelagobe, former Miss Universe. They have played at the Grahamstown festival, at a world symposium of scientists in Cape Town, at the 10th anniversary of the South African embassy, at SADC conferences, at community weddings, and at the SOS Children’s Village.

Maru-a-Pula consistently ranks as one of the top schools in all of Africa and regularly sends its students to universities across the US and UK. Many of Botswana’s leaders—ministers, businesswomen, doctors—are graduates of Maru-a-Pula.

Botswana has one of the highest AIDS rates in the world and currently has more than 30,000 AIDS orphans. The school now funds 30 full orphan scholarships and hopes to raise the money to fund 60 full scholarships by 2010.

Contact

Richard Kassissieh
Vice President and Treasurer, American Friends Of Maru-a-Pula
richard@afmap.org

 

Maru-a-Pula Marimba Tour 2010

marimba_tour_09.jpgThe award-winning Maru-a-Pula marimba band completed its third United States tour and first to the pacific Northwest in April 2010. The purpose of the tour was to raise funds for the schools orphan scholarship program.

Please visit the school’s Facebook page for photos and video from the tour.

2010 Tour Performances

Overlake School, Redmond, Washington

Rainier Beach High School, Seattle, Washington

Catlin Gabel School, Portland, Oregon

Mhembero Festival, Portland, Oregon

Multnomah Arts Center, Portland, Oregon

Buckman Elementary School, Portland, Oregon

Cozmic Pizza, Eugene, Oregon (hosts: Kutsinhira Cultural Arts Center)

Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Ashland, Oregon

Menlo School, Atherton, CA

Head-Royce School, Oakland, CA

La Peña Cultural Center, Berkeley, CA

West Coast Live radio show, Berkeley, CA

The 2008 MAP Marimba band tour was featured on the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric and in the Boston Globe. Alport Mhlanga traveled as the distinguished guest of MyLinda King in Portland, OR twice and Professor Ernest Brown of Williams College.

The band released the 17-track studio album Tears of Joy in 2001, Live at the Forum in 2008, and 2010 U.S. Tour in 2010. Tears of Joy won the Botswana Music Award for “Best Instrumental Music” in 2002.

Alport Mhlanga introduced marimbas Maru-a-Pula School in 1988. The wooden, calabash resonator gives the marimba its distinctive sound. The marimba band’s first performance was in March 1988 in Maitisong. They have since performed in Brazil, Canada, the USA, Zimbabwe, and South Africa.

Among the band’s privileged audience have been: Former Presidents Festus Mogae and Sir Ketumile Masire, President George Bush, and Mpule Kwelagobe, former Miss Universe. They have played at the Grahamstown festival, at a world symposium of scientists in Cape Town, at the 10th anniversary of the South African embassy, at SADC conferences, at community weddings, and at the SOS Children’s Village.

Maru-a-Pula consistently ranks as one of the top schools in all of Africa and regularly sends its students to universities across the US and UK. Many of Botswana’s leaders—ministers, businesswomen, doctors—are graduates of Maru-a-Pula.

Botswana has one of the highest AIDS rates in the world and currently has more than 30,000 AIDS orphans. The school now funds 30 full orphan scholarships and hopes to raise the money to fund 60 full scholarships by 2010.

Press

(includes CBS Evening News, Boston Globe, and other selected media and articles)

2008 Maru-a-Pula Marimba Tour

Contact

Richard Kassissieh
Vice President, American Friends Of Maru-a-Pula
richard@afmap.org

Maru-a-Pula Marimba Tour 2008

Maru-a-Pula School Marimba Band Tours US in April ’08

marimbabandThe award-winning Maru-a-Pula School Marimba Band toured the US in April 2008 to raise funds for AIDS Orphan Scholarships. The band received national recognition for its perseverance  performance, and cause.

Boston Globe, April 24, 2008
A Minor-Key Miracle: Finding rare Zimbabwean marimbas for Botswana ensemble was…

NY1 News, April 14, 2008
Show Goes On For Band From Botswana Thanks To Generous New Yorkers

Hotchkiss School, May 2, 2008
Maru-a-Pula Marimba Band: Playing With Heart Despite Setbacks

Williams College, April 20, 2008
Maru-a-Pula Marimba Band and Drama Group

Located in Gaborone, Botswana, Maru-a-Pula consistently ranks as one of the top schools in all of Africa and regularly sends its students to universities across the US and UK. Many of Botswana’s leaders–ministers, businesswomen, doctors–are all graduates of Maru-a-Pula.

But Maru-a-Pula is in a troubled country: Botswana has one of the highest AIDS rates in the world and currently has more than 30,000 AIDS orphans. In 2005, Maru-a-Pula started funding 2 orphans scholarships, recognizing that many more future leaders were in this population of orphans if only they had the opportunity for a world-class education. The school is now funding 20 full orphan scholarships, and is hoping to raise the money to fund 60 full scholarships by 2010.

Despite the urgency of its cause, the 2008 Marimba Tour was a celebration of music and cultural exchange, raising awareness of a continent’s struggles while looking to a future of hope and prosperity. The ten-piece marimba band was accompanied by Maru-a-Pula’s drama ensemble who performed an original production about the complex social impact of AIDS in Botswana.

Performances

The Riverside Church Concert, New York, NY, Tuesday, April 15th, 7:00 p.m.

Del Prete’s Tennis Event, Queens, NY, Thursday, April 17th

Williams College Concert, Williamstown, MA Sunday, April 20th, 3:00 p.m.

Ryles Jazz Club, Cambridge, MA, Thursday, April 24th

Contact: Richard Kassissieh (richard@afmap.org)

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