"Marimba Madness" is a compilation CD featuring 8 marimba bands: Basa Basa, Bongozozo, Born On Tuesday, Chiremba, Eurimba, The Flying Safari Ants, White Rhino and Zimba, with special guest Nabi Camara. Marimba bands are seven- to nine-person ensembles of musicians playing African and Caribbean music on large wooden xylophones.
The music on this CD is equal parts familiar classics such as La Bamba, Wimoweh and Jamaican Farewell, and traditional African music from Zimbabwe, South Africa, Ghana and Guinea.
Nabi Camara is a griot from Guinea who has played the balafon and djembe since age three. He has performed with Les Merveilles de Guinee, Bala et ses Baladins, Les Ballets Africains de Guinee, Mande Yagha and Fatala. Since then, Nabi has travelled the world performing the sweet melodies of the Mandingo people and sharing his rich culture.
Kite Giedraitis has been playing african marimba since 1987 and teaching since 1989. All these bands (and several others) arose from his marimba classes. He made this CD to record his arrangements of traditional and popular songs. Check out his new CD by his marimba/mbira group Fools In Paradise at cdbaby.com/cd/foolsinparadise.
===== THE SONGS ========
Mbube (aka "Wimoweh") -- Chiremba -- Based on the original 1939 version from South Africa.
Kembendu -- White Rhino with Nabi Camara -- From the Susu people of Guinea. Features the traditional Guinean balafon.
In The Mood -- Flying Safari Ants -- An old standard with roots in the blues.
Kolong Kuma -- Flying Safari Ants -- "The horn of the new train", a Malinke song celebrating the coming of modern transportation to rural Guinea.
Jamaica Farewell -- Bongozozo -- A Carribean song featuring the Trinidadian steel drum.
Nhemamusasa -- White Rhino -- Traditionally played by the Shona people of Zimbabwe on the mbira dzavadzimu, which means "mbira of the spirits".
La Bamba -- Chiremba -- From the Veracruz state of Mexico, an area with strong West African cultural influences.
The River -- Zimba! -- An old song finds a new home on marimba. I would love to find out where this song came from.
Kolaperbir -- Zimba! -- "The mouse is chasing the cat", a song from the pentatonic marimba tradition of the Lobi & Dagari peoples of Ghana.
Kusuva Musha -- Eurimba -- "Missing home", a song about homesickness. Another traditional Shona mbira dzavadzimu song.
Day-O -- Born On Tuesday -- Another song from the Carribean region.
Yuwi Maiwe -- Basa Basa -- A spirit-rousing song from the Shona people of Zimbabwe, often sung at sporting events. "When we arrive / Open up your hearts / Those who stay behind will cry with sadness and longing"
Anansi -- Born on Tuesday -- The "spider song".
All songs arranged by Kite Giedraitis. Total time: 62:00