In honor of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, music lovers can celebrate a day of community with the Anzanga Marimba Ensemble as they returns for their sixth annual appearance at Bainbridge Performing Arts in a special one-night-only offering at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 19.
The group will present the lively and beautiful melodies of Southern Africa.
Anzanga celebrates 30 years performing throughout the Northwest and globally this year. The Seattle-based ensemble regularly brings the electrifying and energizing music of African marimba to the national and international stage, with regional appearances at the Northwest Folklife Festival and Bumbershoot, as well as performances in South Africa and China.
The troupe’s repertoire is primarily from Zimbabwe, with influences from throughout Africa, in addition to original compositions.
This special public performance is part of BPA’s Cultural Outreach Program.
Anzanga plays using seven marimbas — three sopranos, two tenors, a baritone, and a bass — and hoshos, or gourd shakers.
The marimbas are hand-crafted xylophones made from various hardwoods. The tuning is based on the tonalities found in Zimbabwean music. Each key sits above a resonator that has a vibrating membrane which amplifies the sound and adds a unique “buzz” to the music.
For additional information, visit Anzanga online at www.anzangamarimba.band.
Tickets, $12 for adults and $10 for children (ages 12 and under), may be purchased online at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org, by phone at 206-842-8569 or in person at BPA (200 Madison Ave. North).
Marimba enthusiasts are invited to sign up for the workshop held at BPA at 4 p.m., in advance of the show. Space is limited. Reserve your spot by calling the BPA box office at 206-842-8569; reservations are $20 per person for ages 8 and older.
Box office hours are 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, and one hour prior to each performance.