Playing the marimba

Marimba or marímbula is a commonly used musical instrument in many musical groups, especially in Boanire and Aruba. It was also known on Curaçao, but later practically disappeared. The musical instrument appeared on Bonaire around 1930-1935. On Aruba it was around 1920. Workers from these islands who went to work on the sugarcane plantations in Cuba brought the marimba with them. On Bonaie both the name marimba and marímbula are known. The instrument originally comes from Africa, through slavery it arrived in the Caribbean. It is a box of about 4 cm high, 32 cm wide and 20 cm deep with five to seven steel tongues that produce the tones that our Bonaire will forever be called.