Zimfest 2013

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

Moyo Rainos Mutamba

Moyo Rainos Mutamba is a multi-disciplinary artist, community learning facilitator, speaker, researcher and PhD student at the University of Toronto. He is a musician, dancer and storyteller. His music is centered around Mbira, an instrument that has been played in Zimbabwe for hundreds of years. Mbira's dream sound is played in syncopated rhythmic patterns for fun secular occasions, as well as for spiritual ceremonies and rituals. Mbira music is trance inducing, lending itself to contemplative and meditative moments. He tells Zimbabwean-based historical stories and folk tales. Storytelling and song have been a part of Mutamba's life since he was a child in a small village in Zimbabwe where he grew up. His love for storytelling was deepened by his large family for whom telling stories was a ritual every night – gathered around a burning fire under the watching eye of the moon. To this day he draws upon stories that his grandmother, sisters, mother and other relatives inherited from his ancestors. He has told stories in schools, community centres, festivals, healing circles and around fires. Moyo performs with the band Nhapitapi Mbira, but can also be seen performing solo, weaving mbira tunes with ancestrally inspired vocal chants and lyrics. He has performed at major festivals in Canada such as Afro-fest in Toronto among others. He has also performed in Canada, the US and Zimbabwe. Moyo Mutamba is comfortable teaching Nyamaropa and Gandanga, as well as cross for ensembles.

Name Sessions Enrollment
Kashiri Kamambo
Mbira: Teens, Adults; Intermediate
Session 2 (Fri 1:00 PM) 2/10 students
Karimugomba on Gandanga with Singing
Mbira, Singing: Teens, Adults; Advanced
Session 4 (Sat 9:30 AM) 7/10 students
Kari Mudande with Singing
Mbira, Singing: Teens, Adults; Intermediate
Session 7 (Sun 1:00 PM) 8/10 students
Moyo Rainos Mutamba