‘Bahuru, directed by Mr. Walt Hampton, is a 15 member Zimbabwean marimba band, comprised of middle and high school students. If you’re unfamiliar african marimba, you will be amazed by the big, rich, earthy sound of ‘Bahuru’s music. ‘Bahuru is beginning to establish a reputation for their wonderful, energetic performances in the Mid-Columbia region.
The name ‘Bahuru came about in the following manner. Wanting to distinguish this band from his marimba band at Sunset View Elementary, Mr. Hampton began by referring to the band simply as Big Marimba. Not finding that name sufficiently catchy, he turned to the Zimbabwean translation for big marimba, marimba huru, finally contracting it to simply ‘Bahuru.