The Band

About Kuungana

The best way to find out about the band is to hear us at our next public performance at Zimfest on Sunday, July 28! See Upcoming Performances for details.

Kuungana is a Swahili word that means connect or join.

Our band joins together to play both traditional and contemporary African songs on marimba and mbira. Teenagers and adults join together to play this joyful music.

Our band consists of three former members of the now retired Juba Marimba (Deb, John and Tedd), and three current and former members of The Big Bad Monkeys - a youth marimba band (Adrienne, Maya and Mo) (see link to the left.

Our performances are filled with energy, and our music is upbeat, danceable and fun for all ages! We happily share our music through performances, parties, gatherings, fairs, benefits and school workshops.

For booking or other questions, contact or call Deb 360-756-9230

Band members (left to right) are:
John, Mo, Maya, Adrienne, Julie*, Deb, and Tedd.
* Since Julie's shoulder surgery she sings and plays hosho with us as she is available.
Contact information:

Upcoming Performances

Our busy summer is over, and we don't currently have performances scheduled, so we're gearing up to learn new songs and rework others.

Kuungana is available to perform. Please call or email to inquire about our availability. Public performances will be listed here.

Recent Performances

Bellingham Bay Marathon, Sunday, September 28, 9:30 AM - noon, State Street Round-About, Bellingham

3rd Annual Art in the Park 2014, Saturday, September 13, 3:30 PM, Hovander Park, Ferndale

SkillShare 2014, Sunday, August 24, 2:30 PM, Hovander Park, Ferndale

Community Co-op Picnic, Sunday, August 17, Meritime Heritage Park, Bellingham, noon - 1:30 FREE

Bellwether Arts Festival, August 15, 4:45 - 5:45, FREE

Fairhaven Outdoor Cinema, Saturday, August 9, 7 PM, $5 for music, fun, giveaways and movie

Zimfest 2014, Sunday, July 27, 1:50 PM, University of Puget Sound, Tacoma day stage, FREE

Two Band Marimba Jam , June 7th, 2014, 7:30 - 10 PM, Center for Spiritual Living at 2224 Yew St. Rd, Adults: $10, Families $22, Students & fixed income: $5   Download poster here

Saturday, May 17, 2014, 9:30 PM, Back to WWU, Fairhaven College Auditorium

Sunday, December 22, 2013, 4 - 5:30. 34th Annual Allied Arts Holiday Festival of the Arts, 1825 Cornwall Ave. (at Ohio St.)

Sunday, September 30, 2013, 9:30-12:30. Bellingham Bay Marathon: Squalicum Creek Park (across Squalicum Pkwy from West St.)

Saturday, May 11, 2013, 7 - 11 PM. Three-band marimba jam (DANCE!) with Kuungana, The Big Bad Monkeys Youth Marimba Band, and Ruvara Marimba Ensemble. Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship, 1207 Ellsworth St. Suggested donation $10 ($5 low income students and seniors).

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