ma·​rim·​ba | \ mə-ˈrim-bə How to pronounce marimba (audio) \

Definition of marimba

: a xylophone of southern Africa and Central America with resonators beneath each bar also : a modern form of this instrument

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Other Words from marimba

marimbist \ mə-​ˈrim-​bist How to pronounce marimbist (audio) \ noun

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Five musicians kneeled behind the marimba, an instrument made of flat wooden keys and hollowed out cabaca fruit. USA Today, "Were Wanda Tucker’s ancestors America’s first slaves? A difficult search for answers in far-away Angola," 22 Aug. 2019 Prized for its durability, rich color, and fragrant scent, rosewood is a dense tropical hardwood used to make musical instruments, from guitars and marimbas to violins, as well as high-end, furniture, mainly in China. Carlos Duarte, National Geographic, "The fight to protect the world’s most trafficked wild commodity," 16 Aug. 2019 The new album features more textures and flavors, including African, Middle Eastern and Indian influences, more keyboards and a wider array of instrument such as calabash, gourd banjo, four-mallet marimba, bowed vibraphone and more. Gary Graff, Billboard, "The Steel Wheels 'Keep On' Keeping On: Video Premiere," 11 June 2019 The album was an arduous process, with Ms. Takada composing, producing, arranging the microphones and playing everything on it, from marimba to drums, harmonium to Coke bottle. New York Times, "How a Digital Rabbit Hole Gave Midori Takada’s 1983 Album a Second Life," 21 May 2018 Video of recent solo performance indicates that her current performance practice features deftly programmed, bracing and meditative drum and marimba music. Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader, "Japanese percussionist Midori Takada basks in rediscovery with hypnotic and pummeling music," 3 May 2018 During a time when too many rock bands aped Nirvana’s and Pearl Jam’s styles, whining through their bad Eddie Vedder impressions to land a lucrative hit, the sound of marimba echoing under soft, breezy symphonies offered a welcome counterpoint. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "Finding the Soundtrack to My Desert Life," 25 Apr. 2018 Giant Sand’s drummer, John Convertino, was a multi-instrumentalist who played xylophone, accordion, guitar, marimba, and piano. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "Finding the Soundtrack to My Desert Life," 25 Apr. 2018 For such an electronic deluge, the music often found its tension mixing more organic elements – booming tribal percussion, a space-age marimba and, briefly, Jarre's old trademark, the laser harp. Andrew Dansby, Houston Chronicle, "Back to the future: Jean-Michel Jarre brings a feast of sound and light," 11 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of marimba

1704, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for marimba

of Bantu origin; akin to Kimbundu marimba xylophone

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The first known use of marimba was in 1704

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English Language Learners Definition of marimba

: a wooden musical instrument that is similar to a xylophone

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