Jambo is a piece for beginners, however two of the parts are a little more rhythmically challenging (the wood block and cowbell).
It is minimalist in structure, building to a climax at the point where all members of the ensemble can have some fun in shouting Swahili!
‘Jambo’ means ‘hi’, and is used as a friendly greeting in Africa (and Jambo was also the name of a celebrated gorilla in Jersey Zoo, who notably protected a young boy who fell into his enclosure).
The ‘Table-Top’ is as described – the top of a table.
“When I wrote this, I was short of instruments for my ensemble! But it makes for an interesting tableau…!” Colin Shaw
3: Table Top
4: Low toms
5: Snare Drum
7: Wood Block
8: Suspended Cymbal