History was made last Thursday as Zimbabwe turned into the main nation on the planet to have the biggest marimba group to ever play together. Named ZiMarimba Fest, the record breaking occasion was held at Prince Edward School as a feature of the Africa Day festivities and pulled in excess of 50 schools countrywide and prepared marimba players.
ZiMarimba Fest turned into the world’s biggest outfit with a sum of 222 marimba members, beating the previous record of 108 members beforehand held by Australia’s Oxley State School.
Supported by the National Arts Council of Zimbabwe, Jesuit Education Office, Zimbabwe College of Music and the Zimbabwean Tourism Authority, the gathering played the popular marimba tune “Manhanga Kutapira”.
The event’s organiser, 17-year-old multi-talented performer and Zimbabwe Championships of Performing Arts (ZiCOPA) finalist Mpiwa Gwindi ,could not hide her excitement as her dream came true.
“This is amazing because it has always been my dream to fly our country’s flag high. It was not easy and we faced a lot of challenges.
“The biggest challenge was to get everyone to synchronise since we were a large group of performers. However, we figured it out and we managed to break the world record,” said an ecstatic Gwindi.
Among the participants was Prince Edward from Harare, who are the national marimba champions and current holders of the trophy, Zimbabwe College of Music, Peterhouse School; Zengeza School; Highfield School; Hwedza School; Still Waters Learning Academy of Ruwa; Hippo of Nyanga, Mutare as well as schools from Masvingo, Marondera and Chisha- washa.
Junior schools like Eaglesvale and Destiny Primary School also took part in the record-breaking event.
An exciting mini marimba challenge for the participants also took place and the winners won amazing prizes including cash in the ZiMarimba Fest mini raffle draw. Afro-fusion songstress Ammara Brown also made a guest appearance.