The joy and movement of world beat music comes your way as Baba Marimba returns to the Arizona Senior Academy on Tuesday (June 6) for an 11:30 a.m. performance.
When Baba Marimba starts to play, you will experience the irresistible rhythms and colorful sounds coursing through your body. Each song is a dance piece from a different part of the world – Africa, the Middle East, Cuba, Brazil and beyond. The players incorporate the many multi-cultural influences into their original tunes as well.
The creative members of Baba Marimba include Heidi Wilson on saxophone, marimba and vocals, Mike Ankomeus on trumpet, marimbas, dijeridoo, 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.
Heidi 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.
Mike Ankomeus is an experienced musician and educator who is dedicated to public service and community development. He is also a member of such varied groups as Finestream Gamelan Ensemble and K-Bass, an Afro-Pop reggae band.
Multi-instrumentalist Mark Holdaway is a master kalimba player whose musical styles include traditional and popular African music, western folk and classical music, and pop and rock.
Robert “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