“We are extremely excited to have our newly formed Alumni Marimba Band performing with the legendary award-winning duo, Pops Mohamed and Dave Reynolds. People can view the one-hour and 20 minutes concert through Africa Education website and buy tickets. Thanks to National Arts Council for making sure this event happens.”
She adds: “Sounds of Celebration is a joyous event that brings together young people from all walks of life, while honouring their cultural diversity, heritage and unique musical talents. They express themselves through a range of instruments including the marimba, steel pan, penny whistle and the Scottish pipe band.”
According to Lithgow, the marimba concert has been made special by the participation of the Dominican School for the Deaf in Hammanskraal. The school band is the only deaf marimba band in the world – especially at the school level.
“As Education Africa celebrates 30 years this year, we pride ourselves for having introduced marimba hubs in communities, and primary and high schools. We have also introduced marimba in pre-schools. The deaf marimba band is really the highlight of our project.”
Rose Moloi, who teaches marimba as an instrument at the Dominican School for the Deaf in Hammanskraal, said about their participation this year: “We have participated once again in the Sounds of Celebration Concert. We have been participating since 2018 and the kids love it.
"They love marimba because when they play the music it is the only time that they don’t get to be labelled as disabled. When they perform together on stage with other non-deaf kids you cannot even differentiate as a spectator. They play the same music and play it like others. What is different for us is how the learning taking place.”