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Rock 'n Royal Marimba Fest

Visitors to the Royal Show this year can look forward to a truly spectacular Marimba Band concert by some of KZN’s top school Marimba Bands on Sunday 2 June starting at 10h00. The schools are set to bring their best marimba band work as a celebration for public entertainment and to showcase some of the wonderful work being done locally in our KZN schools.

Who Will Be There?

A first for the Royal Show, the Rock ‘n Royal Marimba Fest is set to be a real treat for spectators as seven award winning school bands take to the Main Arena stage to perform international competition level performances.  Hilton College, St Mary’s DSG, Epworth College, Curro Hillcrest High, Thomas More, Westville Senior Primary and Clifton Prep Nottingham Road Marimba Bands will all be showcasing some of their top numbers!

Marimba is played not only with the mind, but with the body and the soul!  Schools around South Africa have captured this deep African spirit and play with joy and flair that is a treat to watch!

Spectators will be taken on a journey as they tap along to songs such as  ‘Shatter Me’ as performed by Lindsay Stirling, ‘Viva la Vida’ as performed by Coldplay, ‘Conga’, ‘Lost in Japan’ by Shaun Mendez and ‘Don’t Stop me Now’.

About Marimba

Since 2006 the joy of marimba playing has spread throughout school communities in South Africa. This has been largely due to the efforts of a remarkable lady and one of the founding directors of the Marimba Education Foundation, Joan Lithgow, and her husband Ian Lithgow. The popularity of school Marimba Band playing has spread like wildfire in KwaZulu-Natal. The number of participating schools has grown as they, too, are captivated by this incredible means of making music together, experiencing team spirit like none other, touring and performing in local venues.  Music teachers and headmasters alike are excited to embrace this new, vibrant and joyful way of celebrating music together.  Everywhere the bands play, people whip out their cell phones to video them, or take photos.

The International Steel Pan and Marimba Festival grew out of the National Marimba Festival and saw bands from around the world participating, particularly from Zimbabwe and Nigeria. Our KZN schools have featured incredibly highly, with Hilton College, Curro Hillcrest, Thomas More, and St Mary’s DSG, just to name a few, always being placed in their categories.

Hilton College Foreground: Alex Pienaar, Tshepang Shupinyaneng; background (l-r): Kanya Dandala; Kabelo Makwane.

Book your tickets online or buy at the gate!

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