Abakhaya Marimba Band-Conference Entertainers

Abakhaya Marimba Band-Conference Entertainers in Xhosa meaning the ones from the homestead, was formed in 1998 in Cape Town . The members were from different bands with various styles before forming Abakhaya .

This brought much wealth to the music of Abakhaya. Book through Conference Speakers

The music of Abakhaya is truly unique and highly entertaining to a broad audience. The band plays high energy marimba and percussion in African style, yet their repertoire consists of tunes from Verdi to Miriam Makeba.

Abakhaya Marimba Band-Conference Entertainers

Abakhaya Marimba Band-Conference Entertainers

Abakhaya Marimba Band-Conference Entertainers

Abakhaya has set the marimba free from its traditional chains by combining traditional African music with modern pop and jazz sounds.

The band ordinarily consists of 7 members (Zwai Mbula, Thando Mafeje, Onkie Mcoseli, Siya Nomtshongwana, Lundile Qalinge, Raymond Boqwana, Vuyisile Hlaka) with 5 members on instruments and 2 trained opera singers.

Evidence of Abakhaya’s uniqueness is easily found in the success it has found on a world stage (they have even shared the stage with Lionel Richie in Cannes, France; along with other high profile international performers).

The band has played in various countries representing Cape Town and South Africa in exemplary fashion. Locally the band plays at an African restaurant and certain special events.

Major Performances

  •     1998 – Performed at the FIFA World Cup in France as the official support band for Bafana Bafana.
    • Here they played at all the Bafana world cup games. They also played at various tourist areas at the word cup to drum up support and awareness of SA and Bafana.
  • Performed at a cinema in France to promote the premiere of Sarafina.
  • Performed in Singapore on 3 different occasions at the African Heart Beat restaurant as well as at an African Food Promotion concert.
  • Performed in Cannes , France at a World Online event where they and Lionel Richie were the only performers. Here they also performed together with Lionel Richie.
    2002 – Performed in China & Hong Kong for the opening of various golf courses by Ernie Els for the Mission Hills Golf Club.
    2002 – Performed in Hong Kong Cathay Pacific’s annual festival.
    2003 – Performed at the Presidents Cup for high ranking international guests.
    2003 – Performed at a Nobel Peace Laureates function at the Waterfront in Cape Town
  • Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu and FW De Klerk were among the many special guests.
    2004 – Performed at the J&B Met at Kenilworth on the main stage of the event.

People come from all over the world to see Abakhaya perform at Mama Africa. Follow Conference Speakers on Twitter

Abakhaya Marimba Band-Conference Entertainers

It happens very often that people from various countries come to Mama Africa telling the band that their friends recommended that they go listen to Abakhaya or that they saw Abakhaya on television in their respective countries. Abakhaya and their music are indeed great assets to this country.



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