Marimba Book

Blessing Chimanga received a OneBeat Accelerator grant to support the publishing and distribution of a comprehensive educational and historical teaching guide for the marimba, an instrument central to the cultural heritage of Zimbabwe, in the form of a book, album, and series of videos.

Read Found Sound Nation’s Nyokabi Kariuki’s interview with Blessing about his project here.


Blessing Chimanga is a percussionist and singer from Zimbabwe. A self-taught multi-instrumentalist, he has toured internationally performing in Italy, Norway, Sweden, Austria, Argentina, Mozambique, and South Africa. Blessing has played with numerous ensembles, including Zimboita, a collaboration between Zimbabwean and Italian musicians that features Blessing on marimba and vocals. He also co-founded the Let the Drums Speak Festival in 2010, to engage his local community and showcase developing talent in Zimbabwe.