241 SA girls break the Guinness World record for the largest marimba ensemble on Women’s Day

A woman playing the Marimba at the World Record event in Tygervalley Centre
A woman playing the Marimba at the World Record event in Tygervalley Centre

This past Women’s Day, 30 gogos from Khayelitsha and Langa respectively, along with 241 girls all between the ages of eight and 23 all celebrated when they broke the record for the world’s largest marimba ensemble.

The event, which was held at Tygervalley Shopping mall outstrips the previous world record which featured 108 participants from Australia.

Kiara Ramklass, founder of Marimba Jam, who was responsible for organising the event, said that their outreach programme offers “musical education across Cape Town to address inequalities within the education system regarding musical education in underprivileged areas.”

It’s not only a way of doing something good, but also shows just how much we underestimate the power of empowering young girls through music.

Music isn’t just a hobby or something that you listen to in order to feel good, but it’s also a form of entertainment that takes a lot of hard work, skill and technique.

The gogos that took part in the day’s festivities were mainly from Khayelitsha based non-profit Grandmothers Against Poverty and Aids organisation, and incorporating them in the proceedings, Kiara adds, was a great way to provide them with the opportunity to share “anedotes from their lives with our team and all present.

This to me epitomises the spirit of Women's Day, enabling us to celebrate South Africa’s most authentic, strong women.”


We couldn’t agree more! 

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