On Youth Day, 16 June 2016, joyous sounds flowed out of Sacred Heart College (SHC) in Observatory in Johannesburg. Energetic marimba players and passionate soccer teams came together in remembrance of a significant day in South African history.
On the appointed day, over 500 marimba players and 180 soccer players from surrounding schools, both public and private, competed against each other in these festivals. Marimba bands from as far afield as East London and Kuruman travelled to Johannesburg for the ninth National Marimba Festival.
There was an exciting and diverse line-up of bands from primary and high schools, community groups and various cultural music projects from across the country. The Marimba Festival was a musical explosion, with enthusiastic marimba playing accompanied by dancing and singing. Included in the line-up of participating bands were: Access Music Project, Aqua Vista Primary School, Ditawana Primary School, Dominican Convent School, Friendly Drummers, Gaabo Ngwao Cultural Group, Hillbrow Music Centre, Holy Rosary School, John Wesley Community Centre, Kingsway Primary School, Loyiso High School, Lukholweni Primary School, Makeba Marimba Band, Masakhane Arts & Culture, Masibambane College, Mmanare Secondary School, Mondeor Primary School, Motheong Primary School, Parktown Girls’ School, SHC, Sakhisizwe High School, St Dominic’s Catholic School for Girls, St Dunstan’s College, Sterkspruit Community Arts, Thembalihle Primary School, Tom Newby School, Vuleka SSB High School, Women Unite and Zwide Marimba Band.
The festivals honour the day, 40 years ago, when young South African school children took a stand against the brutality of an apartheid regime. SHC has always been actively involved in championing the fight against apartheid. The festivals represent a unification of youth through music and sport — a tribute to the youth who lost their lives in the struggle.
Category: Spring 2016