Education Africa International Marimba and Steelpan Festival

When it comes to music it’s not just about the auditory sense! Studies show that listening to music can benefit overall well-being, help regulate emotions, and create happiness and relaxation in everyday life. In addition, marimba playing helps improve fine and gross motor skills, language development, focus, memory, maths skills, discipline and teamwork and plays a major part in building self-esteem and confidence.

Education Africa launched its International Marimba and Steelpan Festival (The Festival) in 2012 to create an awareness worldwide of the educational value that marimba playing has while also creating an international platform for our marimba and steelpan players in South Africa to perform on.” The Festival has become one of the largest of its kind in the world. It is fully inclusive and caters for people from all walks of life including deaf and special needs bands. Over the weekend, marimba and steelpan bands take part in various competitions divided into age sections and various categories.

A prominent feature at The Festival includes fringe events which feature guest performances and approximately 90 workshops. Adjudicators include five-time Grammy ballot-nominee, Jason “Malletman” Taylor, Sasha Sonnbichler, Nobathembu Yvonne Raedane, Naledi award winning Musical Director, conductor, arranger, composer and educator, Eddie Clayton, Mokale Koapeng and SAMRO award winning composer, Dave Reynolds.

All ages
St Dominic’s Catholic School for Girls, Kruger Street, Boksburg
R50/school-going child and R70/adult (competition venue admission only), R125/day or R225/both days (all workshops & performances)
(011) 685-7300

Event date(s)

27 July 2019 - 8:00am - 28 July 2019 - 6:00pm

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