Marimba Africa has been delighting fans and enlivening events with their joyful music for more than fifteen years. Specializing in infectious soukous music (which is ubiquitous on East African dance floors and throughout the African diaspora) this five-piece veteran ensemble also performs popular hits in other styles like Ghanian High Life, Haitian Zouk and Compas and Caribbean soca and reggae.
Based in Minneapolis, MN, Marimba Africa has a rich history of performing with renowned African performers like Kanda Bongo Man and Samba Mapangala and they've performed at premier venues like The Ordway Theatre, Flint Hill's Children's Festival, the MN State Fair, the National Folk Festival in Nashville, TN, the Winnipeg Folk Festival, special celebrations in Washington, DC and Dallas, TX and much more.
Band members include celebrated Congolese guitarist/singer Siama Matuzungidi (who recorded hundreds of radio hits during the golden era of soukous), charismatic front man/guitarist/singer Yusef Joe Shalita, keyboardist/singer Cheryl Kramer, bassist Bingo and a drummer who keeps the dance floor bumpin'.
Check out this link for a fun video of the band performing for a big crowd of dancers during Rhythm in Rice in St. Paul, MN - 2017