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.
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
The MAP Marimba band is currently scheduling performances for approximately the above dates. To inquire about scheduling a performance, please contact:
American Friends Of Maru-a-Pula
View videos from past performances
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.