marimba marimba  /mə ˈrɪm bə/


  • (n) a percussion instrument with wooden bars tuned to produce a chromatic scale and with resonators; played with small mallets


  1. First of all, the marimba is not a dance, like the mambo.
  2. Born in Hiroshima, Samuragoch was so precocious that, at age 5, as his mother tells him, he was creating compositions for the marimba.
  3. That neurosis still shrouds Guatemala City, a gloomy capital that no amount of marimba music can brighten.


  • Indie band turns iPhone 'Marimba' ringtone into pop song

    Indie LA-based band Mars Argo have prominently used the iPhone's distinctive "Marimba" ringtone -- the default one that relatively few owners ever change -- as the basis of an entire song for their latest single, ironically titled "Don't Call Me." While many will find the gimmick catchy in the effervescent pop song, iPhone owners who are Pavlovian in their response to a ringing iPhone should ...
    on June 22, 2013     Source: MacNN

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  1. "There was a time 25 years ago when the marimba and the xylophone were different but not that different," said Mackey. "Both had a kind of brittle sound. Now the marimba has really evolved a voice of its own."
    on Jul 1, 2008 By: Steven Mackey Source: International Herald Tribune

  2. "You hear the melody, you hear the lyrics, you hear the basic part of the song," Payne says. "For instance, 'Under My Thumb,' (by The Rolling Stones). That had a certain sound to it that attracted you first, a kind of marimba sound, and the...
    on Jan 2, 2009 By: Bill Payne Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

  3. "The biggest library of pieces for chamber music involving marimba is probably for marimba and violin," Zeltsman said, "because of how actively we went at that."
    on Jul 4, 2008 By: Nancy Zeltsman Source: Los Angeles Times

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