African Music and Arts Village


Join Baba Shibambo for an interactive, high-energy performance that takes you on a journey back into the heart of ancient Africa through music and story!

  • Experience playing music on traditional African instruments
  • Hear an authentic ZULU folktale set to music!
  • Learn traditional African dance moves!
  • Be prepared to have FUN!
Baba Shibambo brings diversity to your library offering interactive performances and workshops exploring the age-old music and traditions of his Zulu homeland. For over 20 years, Shibambo, a South African master drummer and multi-instrumentalist, has traveled the world introducing ancient African rhythms to captivated audiences. He brings authentic African instruments to your venue and instructs students in African djembe, marimba, mbira (kalimba), shakers, and other indigenous instruments while incorporating traditional Zulu folktales and theatrics into his program. Shibambo’s unique, “African Music and Arts Village” project has been successful in a variety of educational settings such as libraries, summer camps, and schools. He is warmly received and is always rewarded by the participant’s interest in cultural diversity and their eagerness to learn. Join our African Music and Arts Village and experience the Rhythm and Culture of Africa! The program opens with a high-energy musical celebration to introduce the audience to Shibambo’s background and culture and welcome them into this unique musical village. He explains the instruments and provides a short demonstration on each followed by an authentic Zulu folktale set to music. The attendees are then invited to come to the stage for instruction on the various instruments. They will play traditional rhythms together as an African village celebrating the joys of an abundant harvest. This is a rare opportunity to experience indigenous African instruments and play music as an ensemble.
  • All instruments and instruction will be provided by the artist. Stories are authentic South African folktales handed down through the ages and shared with the children in the village where Shibambo grew up.
  • The program can be adapted for a small group or one as large as 50 or more. The more participants, the less hands-on time they will have with the instruments, but everyone will be provided an opportunity to play.
  • This family-friendly performance, appropriate for all ages, typically runs 45 – 75 minutes. Longer workshop formats / concerts are also available.

Additional Information

Contact Person

Baba Shibambo

Email Address

Work Phone Number



31 Woodland Circle



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Travel Range

Willing to perform in the following counties:

  • Apache
  • Cochise
  • Coconino
  • Gila
  • Graham
  • Greenlee
  • La Paz
  • Maricopa
  • Mohave
  • Navajo
  • Pima
  • Pinal
  • Santa Cruz
  • Yavapai
  • Yuma

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Library References

Ivy Jarvis – Community Services Librarian – Glendale Public Library, Glendale, AZ; email:; 623-930-3573
Mary-Kuzell-Babbitt – Librarian, Clarkdale Memorial Library, Clarkdale, AZ. email:; 928-634-5423.
Maryann Green – Former head teacher/owner, Verde Valley Montessori School, Cottonwood, AZ. email:; 928-300-4030.
Allison Kaikala – Children’s Program Mgr. Summer Camp, Anthem Community Center, Anthem, AZ. email:; 623-879-3014.

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Special Notes

Please check with the artist as discounts may be available for multiple bookings.

About the artist: During apartheid South Africa, Baba Shibambo’s music became a vehicle for cultural awareness. His band, AZUMAH, performed for Nelson Mandela’s historic prison release and subsequently toured with the stage production Ipitombi bringing his rich South African heritage to a worldwide audience for over 10 years. Shibambo came to the United States in 1993 as a cultural ambassador and subsequently penned, choreographed and directed his own stage productions commissioned by the South African Arts Council, the Arizona Commission for the Arts, and the Arts Endowment. He has taught drumming and the Zulu culture in the schools throughout Arizona and California for over two decades.

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