By Edward Tsumele
Over the years I had the privilege to watch this band on stage at several venues around Johannesburg as well as during rehearsals at their home in Yeoville.
For example, I have followed Ubuntu Marimba band in various venues in Norwood, Maboneng and Yeoville, but each time you see them on stage they will affect you as an audience member differently from the last time you watched them.
But as it has turned out, I am not the only one who has fallen in love with their authentic African sound as more and more fans and organisers are increasingly falling in love with their music too.
This definitely is a band which is in a class of its own in South Africa, whose stage energy and presence is infectious and the songs they compose and record stand out in the overcrowded music scene in South Africa. Their use of traditional African musical instruments make the band even more outstanding and authentic as a true representative of African culture globally.
Well many a band has shifted from one sound to another in South Africa over the years, some from kwaito, gqom, hip hop to Amapiano, the flavour of the moment, Ubuntu Marimba band has however consistently remained the same with their deep Afro music sound, and that consistency of purpose is now paying off handsomely as the band gets to perform around Gauteng.
On May 9, 2023, the band performed to critical acclaim at The Houghton Hotel leaving both fans and the organisers of the event impressed with their charismatic stage presentation and professionalism.
“Just a short note to say a big thank you. You guys are amazing. Thank you for being on time, energetic and happy to work with elements as they presented themselves onsite. WE so appreciate your attention to detail, brilliant performances and professional approach to all elements. We look forward to working with you lots in future,” the organisers of the May 9 gig said in a message following their successful performance.
Fans of the band will have a reason to be excited as the band will this Sunday, May 28, 2023, will perform at Traditional Café, 1218 Francolin Crescent, Riverside, Ext 30 during Traditional Café’s Ukotini Sunday Sessions hosted by DJ Kamo.