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Traditional Instrument: Marimba - The Wood that Sings

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2019-08-02
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According to Daniel Rager’s publication entitled The History of the Marimba, “The Marimba in its simplest form originated[…]long ago. It was one of the earliest melodic instruments made by [hu]man[s]and references suggest it was widespread throughout Asia and Africa.” Indeed, according to the American marimbist and ethnomusicologist Vida Chenoweth, approximately fifteen hundred years ago, a group of Malayo-Polynesian speaking peoples migrated to Africa, probably to Madagascar, and carried a xylophone-type instrument with them.
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