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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