Zwai Mbula International Marimba Academy

It´s an initiative by Zwai Mbula to teach and inspire youth through his marimba skills. We teach ma

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We are opening 27th April 2023. Time 12noon. In celebration with Freedom Day.

Come and Learn Marimba. To register [email protected]

All ages welcome. Thank you.


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Zwai Mbula International Marimba Academy is pioneering marimba music educational institution that will inspire you to build the future Marimba musicians. Find out more today! [email protected]


About 26 years ago, I was struggling and not sure if I would be able to break into the entertainment business. I had managed to sneak into (cause I was broke) a play called Seven Guitars, and I got a chance to speak with the great August Wilson at an after party. I didn’t know how he would receive me because the kind of plays I was doing weren't Broadway, but he was so kind, encouraging, and inspiring that I went home and wrote my very first screenplay. I called it A Jazzman’s Blues. I imagined playing a role along with Will Smith, Halle Berry, Sir Ben Kingsley, Cicely Tyson and Diana Ross, with Debbie Allen doing the choreography. Well, after waiting 26 years and realizing that we’ve all aged out of the characters (since they range from 17 to 45) I had to find new talent. And the cast I found is exceptional. The performances they put down gave me chills in every scene (but more about them soon). And I did manage to get Debbie Allen, who was phenomenal. These dance numbers are incredible! Anyway, last night we shot the final scene of Jazzman, and I must say, I have never been happier filming anything in my life. This dream has finally been realized. Thank you to my audience who has always been there for me. Thank you to my cast and crew, and a very special thanks to for giving me every tool I needed to make this film be all that I ever hoped it could be. I can’t wait for you all to see it.

Yes, it took 26 years, but it was so worth the wait. Please don’t give up on your dreams no matter how long they take.

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Background information

Zwai Mbula International Marimba Academy (ZM IMA) is an international music institution for students of stringed marimba instruments of all ages, with the option to add more instruments later.

Zwai Mbula is the founder / director of the Sabela Production House, which was founded in the year 2003 in South Africa. Sabela is a Xhosa word in South African Nguni languages meaning "responding to a call". I am a marimba player, drummer and percussionist, educated from College of Music at The University of Cape Town, South Africa. I have performed and conducted music workshops all around the world. Although originally from South Africa, I now reside in Norway. ZM IM Academy it´s founded with a basic intent to teach, inspire, develop and creation of employment in arts and culture for youth.

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Monday 09:00 - 17:00
18:00 - 21:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
18:00 - 21:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
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Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
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Friday 09:00 - 17:00
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Saturday 09:00 - 17:00
18:00 - 02:00
Sunday 14:00 - 16:00
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