Vana Vedu (“Our Children”) perform Zimbabwean-style marimba around Colorado’s front range. They use a 5-piece marimba orchestra with hand percussion.
Check out a video of Vana Vedu performing on youtube.
Allison started playing marimba when she was 7 years old at Kamp Kutandara during the summer. She enjoyed learning African dances, singing, and games, but soon fell in love with the marimbas. She signed up for classes a few years later, followed by both of her music-loving parents who are now in a band at the center as well. The experience has been extraodinary for her, as she develops new musical skills and excellent social connections.
Maggie is very passionate about marimba. She has been playing for 6 years, and this is her second year in Vana Vedu. She always enjoys learning how to better her performance skills while making musical memories with her bandmates. Along with marimba, Maggie plays guitar, ukulele, hosho, and sings. As a sophomore at Boulder High (Go Panthers!), she is involved in theater and sings in Aria, the women’s audition choir.
Morgan has been playing marimba since the summer of 2009, when she saw a youth group playing on the Pearl Street Mall, and fell in love with the music. This is her second year in Vana Vedu. She loves the way the music brings a wide diversity of people together. Morgan is in her freshman year at Boulder High School.
Perry started playing Zimbabwean music at Kutandara on djembe drums at age 5, transitioning to marimba at age 6. That means he has been playing marimba for over half his life! He really enjoys the complex rhythms. Being a part of Vana Vedu keeps his life balanced as the music is vibrant and upbeat, “the perfect remedy to convert an average day to an awesome day.” He appreciates that playing Zimbabwean music gives him a foundation to appreciate the global society in which we live.
Sienna has been playing marimba for 9 years. She got into marimba from her dad when she was 5, and has enjoyed every second since then. She’s learned lots of songs and made plenty of friends through the marimba community.
Xan has been playing marimba for 6 years, starting to learn in South Africa, and has been in Vana Vedu for 4. Xan also plays the clarinet and other instruments. Ever since she was little, she has had a passion for the arts, whether painting, drawing, playing the piano, or dancing. Zimbabwean music was a major discovery for her, and it resonates deeply with her experiences living in Africa. Marimba is one of the most incredible instruments to play, and connecting through the music to others is essential in any band, either a marimba band or classical orchestra. She loves creating music with other amazing musicians and people.