Zimfest 2013

June 27-30 — Pacific Lutheran University — Tacoma, WA

Kurai Blessing Mubaiwa

Kurai Blessing Mubaiwa was born in 1976 in the village of Mutimbanyoka, in Murewa district, Zimbabwe. As a young child he began playing mbira and had exceptional interest for someone only six years old. This keen learner watched while his father, uncles, and other village elders played mbira in traditional ceremonies, and soon he began singing, dancing, playing mbira and drums in ceremonies and other village gatherings. In 1994 Kurai moved to Harare and joined the cultural group Savannah Arts, where he learned to play marimba and trained as an actor. He facilitated and coordinated the Streets Ahead program which focused on teaching street youth to play marimba. In 1995 he participated in The Youth Forum and taught cultural arts in Copenhagen and Arhus, Denmark. Kurai touredWest Africa and Europe with Chiwoniso Maraire in 1998 and opened for Cesaria Evora. In 2000 he joined Theatre Talipot in Reunion Island performing in the production Passage, which also toured South Africa, France, and Scotland. Kurai immigrated to Vancouver in 2002, where he started his Canadian musical journey. He began teaching at the BritanniaWorld Music Program, facilitating and instructing children and youth marimba classes. He continues to instruct mbira and drumming workshops and performs as the lead musician with the group ZimbaMoto, playing mbira, marimba, and other percussion instruments. Kurai recently traveled across Europe with Chiwoniso and performed in various world music festivals including WOMAD in the Grand Canary Islands as well as participating at Zimfest.

Name Sessions Enrollment
Marimba: Teens, Adults; Advanced Beginner
Session 5 (Sat 1:00 PM) 9/9 students
Marimba: Teens, Adults; Introductory/Beginner
Session 2 (Fri 1:00 PM) 8/9 students
Bhuka Tiende
Marimba: Teens, Adults; Advanced Beginner
Session 3 (Fri 3:30 PM) 9/9 students
Shangaani Jive
Marimba: Teens, Adults; Advanced
Session 8 (Sun 3:30 PM) 7/9 students
Marimba: Teens, Adults; Advanced Beginner
Session 7 (Sun 1:00 PM) 7/9 students
Kurai Blessing Mubaiwa