Marimba music is set to gain momentum at numerous schools, following a four-day training session held at Noluthando School for the Deaf. At least eleven schools took part in the training conducted by international music education specialist Pedro Espi-Sanchis. The Spain-born mentor specialises in the field of instrumental African music and the use of African instruments in schools. He works very close with Madosini Latozi, a local indigenous musician. Madosini specialises in playing traditional instruments such as uhadi and umrhube. The pair wants to ensure a lasting legacy for traditional music. The four-day workshop was from Monday 17 February until Thursday 20 February. It was summed up with a free musical concert for the public on Friday 21 February. An ecstatic Noluthando principal Ayanda Ncinane said a first group of teachers attended the training last year. He said sponsors for the workshop advised the school to invite other interested schools to join the training.Ncinane said the schools that took part are special needs schools, schools of skills, early childhood development centres as well as mainstream schools.Each participating school received a marimba and a flute to start training. “Since we were introduced to Marimba last year we included it in our arts and culture classes,” he said.He said since the introduction of marimba to their school they have seen a drop in absenteeism because learners do not want to miss the classes. Ncinane added that part of the school’s outreach programme is to teach other schools Marimba.Siviwe School of Skills principal Yolanda Lupondo said in their school they are practical when it comes to their curriculum. She said they will incorporate what the teachers learnt into their curriculum. He added that their learners will not only learn how to play the instruments but during woodwork classes they will make their own marimbas.Bonga Primary School principal Anele Zita said they already offer music classes at his school but what the teachers learnt at the workshop will assist them in developing their learners. “It is good for the learners because they will get exposure to other types of music,” he said.