BlackRoots Marimbas

BlackRoots Marimbas started with three ladies from Gugulethu in Cape Town who started playing marimbas together in 2010. They fell in love with the art and started looking for sponsors for their own instruments. In 2012 Arm in Arm in Africa (through J.L Zwane Church) sponsored the ladies with a set of marimbas and Blackroots Marimbas was formed.

Since its formation, Blackroots Marimbas has performed at a variety of places ranging from Hohenort Cellars Hotel, the Budget Speech at Parliament, the Protea Hotel, the Aquila Game Reserve and at various matrimonial occasions thereby showcasing their versatile nature. BlackRoots MarimbasThey are the 2013 Western Cape Award Winners of the "Promotion of indigenous Art Forms" Award and have also performed at the Moshito Music Conference and Exhibition - an annual event held in Johannesburg. Having gone on to add indegenous instruments such as the Mbira, uHadi (bow) and the modern day guitar to their repertoire, BlackRoots has formed a unique sound that gives them an edge making them an ideal addition to any event. The band is led by Sibahle Sky Dladla (an African music student at the University of Cape Town) and the other band members are Ntombekhaya Halam, Sharon Mhambi, Eric Hunt, and Rashid Adams also UCT students.