Marimba Dance Band

Sunshine Coast, Queensland

Joyful dance music in genres ranging from Latin to Gypsy, Disco to Techno, Funk to House with a bit of Jazz and Swing thrown in… This 5 piece gets your boody movin’! 

Nizami consists of marimba players Zaia Kendall, Nikki Berry and Michelle Dorendahl, with Gary Ward on Bass and Duncan MacQueen on kit.

Marimbas are happy and warm sounding instruments and the driving, upbeat rhythms cannot help but get your feet moving. This original, high energy, joyful music will make you dance and smile for hours! Come and be Nizami with us!

nizami is used to describe all the awesomeness ppl in the world… people with the brains and the beauty… people who are different… in other words unique… people who stand up for whats right… people who don’t care what other people think… people who are just… awesome…

Urban Dictionary
Post lockdown rehearsal snippets from the (unfinished) straw bale studio in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland


Nizami plays original music and due to their love of all things dance, they mix up the genres to include Latin, Gypsy, House, Techno, Disco, Funk, Swing, African, Trance and more.

Our 3 marimba players played together in Kkarimba, a community marimba band led by Linsey Pollak and later by Zaia. Zaia also played in marimba dance band Jambezi and has been the percussion leader of the Woodford Festival orchestra since 2014, featuring the marimba in the opening and closing ceremonies of the festival. Nizami’s music is primarily written by Zaia, with some pieces by Linsey Pollak also included. Bass player Gary Ward is an accomplished and established musician on the Sunshine Coast, playing with bands such as Dave Flower Band and other local artists, and teaching music at local schools. Duncan MacQueen is a life long drummer whose musical career began in Melbourne’s jazz and rock scene continued in Asia, London and eventually took him to the United States. He performed extensively in San Francisco, Los Angeles and Austin before relocating to the Sunshine Coast.




30 August 2020
Debut performance
Kendall Permaculture Farm, Kin Kin
5.00pm for afternoon tea
5.30pm start
By donation, pay what you can afford
Dinner, tea/coffee and afternoon tea available

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