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Hot Marimba
Zimbabwean-Style Music for Orff Instruments
By Walt Hampton
Book and CD
38 pages
Grades 3 - 6 

High energy pieces based on or inspired by marimba music of Zimbabwe. Original compositions and text by Hampton, including background information and performance hints. Copy-permissable scores. The included CD has every tune in full-length versions and features Hampton's students.


  • Map of Zimbabwe
  • Brief History of the Marimba
  • Teaching the Music to Kids
  • Orff Ensemble Instrumentation
  • Hosho
  • Arranging the Pieces for Performance


  • Balagon
  • Two Three
  • Mbira Jam
  • Hoom Bah
  • Crunchy Crunchy Crunchy
  • Nyoka
  • Abandon
  • Clave
  • Rip


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I attended a workshop and it was recommended.
Barbara C on Jul 15, 2014
Heard a few of these tunes on youtube and thought they were quality arrangements that my students would enjoy to learn and play!
WIlliam D on Feb 10, 2013
I have heard this composer's pieces before and remember them being really catchy melodies. I think they will be easy and fun for my grade 5 students to learn.
Jocelyn T on May 22, 2013
Adding Orff instruments to World Drumming ensemble, and wanted some African marimba music that is transferable to Orff instruments.
Andrea T on Dec 16, 2012
What is the difference between "marimba" music and "xylophone" music? I had thought that marimbas were more Central/South America and xylophones were African, so confused as to how this marimba collection is representative of African (Zimbabwe) music. Can someone help me figure this out, please, because I am looking for marimba music for a unit on Guatemalan music in the fall. Thanks so much!
Julie J on Jun 28, 2014
Best Answer: Hi Julie,
I am a percussionist and also have watched marimba makers make their instruments, and have made one myself, and re-tuned bars. To most people without aural/musical or percussion training, they probably sound the same. What I was taught, and what I observe in playing the marimba xylophones I have played in my life is that in marimbas, the 1st overtone is tuned to the octave above the fundamental note. Xylophones are typically tuned with the 1st overtone on the fourth or fifth of the scale. To hear the 1st overtone of a bar, hold it in the center with "pincher fingers" - essentially cutting the vibrating bar in half. Strike the bar half way between your fingers and the end of the bar. The fundamental is the main pitch you hear when you strike in the center of a bar balancing on the nodal points. I have seen a gyil maker in Ghana make his instruments without worrying about the overtone tuning. So not all wood-barred instruments are either marimbas or xylophones. There are also certain genres of music that are associated with the marimba and/or xylophone as well. For example, when you talk about xylophone rags, you are likely referring to George Hamilton Green's style of playing which was mostly on the xylophone.
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