Joyful energetic world dance fusion!

Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

Joyful & energetic original world dance fusion in a range of genres like Latin, Gypsy, Disco, Techno and more. Marimbas are happy and warm sounding instruments and the driving, upbeat rhythms will get you moving. This high energy dance music will make you feel the joy and puts a smile on your face!

Nizami consists of marimba players & percussionists Zaia Kendall, Nikki Berry and Michelle Dörendahl. Nizami combines dance beats with high energy world fusion to create a forest of sounds to feast your ears and move your feet to!

Nizami plays as a trio or as a full band with Gary Ward on Bass, Brian C. on kit and synth and Duncan MacQueen on percussion/drums.

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
Playlist of short video clips from performances by Nizami


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.

Nizami’s 3 marimba players played together in a community marimba band led by Linsey Pollak and by Zaia. Zaia also played in popular marimba dance band Jambezi and is the percussion leader of the Woodford Festival orchestra since 2014, featuring the marimba in the opening and closing ceremonies.

Bass player Gary Ward is an accomplished and established musician on the Sunshine Coast, playing with a number of local bands. Duncan MacQueen is a drummer whose musical career began in Melbourne’s jazz and rock scene, continued in Asia & London and eventually took him to the United States where he performed extensively. Brian C. is a composer, audio engineer and multi instrumentalist, and plays in a number of Australian Funk, Rock and World Music bands.



Upcoming gigs


30 October 10am, 3pm – Buskers by the Lake, Lake Kawana, Bokarina

10 December – Christmas in Cooroy, Cooroy Butter Factory