Imbhewu marimba band
“Imbhewu” meaning “seeds”, is a perfect description pertaining to the heart and vision of this formidable instrumental ensemble. What started out in 2016 as an after-school project at the special education institution, Alta Du Toit, soon became a platform for learners to equip themselves in the field of performance art with the focus on traditional musical instruments, dance and mime art storytelling.
The initiative was the vision of Mr Ray Mbatsane, facilitator and indigenous musical instrument trainer, with the aim of keeping final year students involved in performance art after completing their studies. In essence, this project delivers social cohesion amongst special needs children and youth from different cultural backgrounds. From poverty stricken communities where gang violence flourishes, this project sows seeds of hope and joy to so many talented young people.
Career highlights include opening for the Zip-Zap Circus, performing at the Franschhoek Festival of Arts and high profile events such as the World Congress of Audiology (CTICC), IAP Congress (CTICC), SAGE Net (Lady Hamilton Hotel) and Red Cross Childsafe SA event. They have also played at exclusive wedding venues such as Molenvliet and Babylonstoren to name but a few. This ensemble also currently boasts with entertainment residency at the V&A Waterfront for five consecutive years.
Imbhewu Marimba Band delivers high quality entertainment with incorporated dancing, pulsing rhythms and of course, a heart of kindness and community!