Sunday, December 30, 2018

The Music of Marimbas


A mallet instrument that traces its roots to Africa, the name marimba in the Central African language of Bantu means "wood that sings." Problem is, that wood is running out; Honduran Rosewood, responsible for the unique sound of the marimba, is grown only in a few parts of Central America, and in 2008 the tree was added to the Endangered Species List. Serena Altschul gets some percussion lessons, and talks with experts intent on making sure this ever-evolving instrument continues to sing.

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