Baba Marimba members are (from left) Mike Ankomeus, Robert “Swami” Peizer, Heidi Wilson, and Mark Holdaway.
Baba Marimba members are (from left) Mike Ankomeus, Robert “Swami” Peizer, Heidi Wilson, and Mark Holdaway.

The colorful sounds and irresistible rhythms of world music await you as Baba Marimba takes the stage at the Arizona Senior Academy on Tuesday (July 26) for an 11:30 a.m. concert. Playing original compositions in the style of African, Middle Eastern, Cuban, Brazilian and World Beat music, the ensemble’s joyous performance will make you want to jump out of your chair and dance!

Baba Marimba is a dynamic group of creative musicians consisting of Heidi Wilson on saxophone, marimba and vocals, Mike Ankomeus on trumpet, marimbas, digeridoo and flute, Mark Holdaway on guitar, marimba and kalimba, and Robert “Swami” Peizer on percussion and marimba.  All of the band members contribute compositions as they trade passages of color from one instrument to another.

Wilson has performed with many musical groups in Tucson. She was a founding member of Eneke-the-Bird, a creative arts organization that existed in Tucson for 17 years.

Ankomeus is an experienced musician and educator who is dedicated to public service and community development. He is also a member of K-Bass, an Afro-Pop reggae band.

Multi-instrumentalist Holdaway is a master kalimba player whose varied musical styles include traditional and popular African music, Western folk and classical music, and pop and rock.

“Swami” Peizer was introduced to African drumming and dance over 20 years ago and was taught by musicians from the Middle East, Guinea, the Congo and Trinidad.  He loves adding their rhythms and instruments to world beat, jazz, hip-hop and folk music.

Written by Leslie Nitzberg, Academy Village Volunteer

More Info on attending an event
Academy Village is an active-adult community located off Old Spanish Trail six miles southeast of Saguaro National Park East. Its residents support the Arizona Senior Academy, a non-profit charitable organization whose mission includes offering free concerts and lectures to the public.

These events are held in the Great Room of The ASA Building adjacent to the Academy Village Community Center. Due to the popularity of cultural events, non-residents who wish to ensure priority seating are advised to make reservations by email at or by phone at (520) 647-0980. To learn more about the Academy, go to

Parking for visitors is in the lot behind the Community Center. All parking spaces in front of the Academy building are reserved.

Catch Baba Marimba’s Irresistible Rhythms: July 2016