Zimfest 2013

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

Workshop List

Note: Not all teacher visas have been confirmed. The list below is subject to change.

All of the workshops that are available at the 2013 Zimbabwean Music Festival are listed on this page by topic. You may jump to a particular topic by clicking on the links below:

Workshop Skill Levels

Please do not sign up for workshops that are beyond your skill level; doing so causes difficulties for the teacher and the other students. Please refer to these guidelines:

Introductory/Beginner

For students who have never touched the instrument to those with less than a year experience.

Advanced Beginner

For students that have played the instrument for at least one year. For marimba, students that can play a couple of parts on at least five songs. For mbira, students can play at least two songs.

Intermediate

For students who have played for at least three years. For marimba, students have a basic understanding of African rhythms, can catch musical cues and learn parts fairly easily. For Mbira, students know at least five songs and can play in the Kushaura and Kutsinhira positions.

Advanced

Those students who meet the intermediate criteria PLUS learn parts very quickly, have a strong sense of rhythm, and can play fast.

Symbols

Intro/Beg – Introductory/Beginner, Beginner – Advanced Beginner,

Intermediate – Intermediate, Advanced – Advanced, Any – All skill levels

Topic: Children

Children's Zimbabwean Drumming (more)

Teachers: Jona Masiya

Cost: $14.00

Age Levels: Children

Skill Levels: Introductory/Beginner Intro/Beg

Topics: Children, Drumming

Session Length
Session 2 (Fri 1:00 PM) 1 hours

This workshop is designed for children ages five-12. No drumming experience required. Students will be introduced to basic Zimbabwean drumming, techniques for first-time drummers, hand-body-mind coordination, drumming with movement and children’s games done with drums. This drumming class is loaded with fun drumming activities!

Children's Khalanga Drums, Hosho and Dance (more)

Teachers: Lucky Moyo

Cost: By donation

Age Levels: Children

Skill Levels: Introductory/Beginner Intro/Beg

Topics: Children, Drumming, Hosho, Dance

Session Length
Session 6 (Sat 3:30 PM) 1.5 hours

The Khalanga people live in Southwestern Zimbabwe and Eastern Botswana. Amabhiza dance is done at rain making and pre-harvest ceremonies. This workshop is catered to young children.

Marimba Music for Children (more)

Teachers: Matthew Jenkins

Cost: $21.00

Age Levels: Children

Skill Levels: Introductory/Beginner Intro/Beg

Topics: Children, Marimba

Session Length
Session 8 (Sun 3:30 PM) 1.5 hours

In this workshop, I will teach pre-teens a marimba piece suitable for youngsters with very little, or no experience, playing marimbas.

Topic: Presentations

Healing Approaches from Zimbabwe (more)

Teachers: Jaiaen Beck

Cost: $11.25

Age Levels: Any age

Skill Levels: Any skill level Any

Topics: Presentations

Session Length
Session 5 (Sat 1:00 PM) 1.5 hours

Come ready to explore your ancestral relationships, and the importance of ceremony and ritual. We will explore the historical use of relevant and purposeful "power" plants including the role of tobacco (bute) and home brewed beer. Much of the information to be shared has been passed on to the teacher beginning in 2000 by Joshua Magaya, a renowned traditional healer, and Matilda Magaya, both late and well-respected elders from the Mhondoro region.

Zimbabwean Family Life - Insights and Comparisons (more)

Teachers: Jaiaen Beck, Cosmas Magaya

Cost: $11.25

Age Levels: Any age

Skill Levels: Any skill level Any

Topics: Presentations

Session Length
Session 7 (Sun 1:00 PM) 1.5 hours

Cosmas Magaya and Jaiaen Beck will use this window to see into daily Zimbabwean life. What does it look like to get up in the morning, gather wood, heat water, cook breakfast, bathe children, send the kids to school and tackle the rest of your day? How do you put food on the table with such a high unemployment rate? What is life like for the children during their day and after school? How does evening wind down? Where do you sleep? How does Shona culture hold these pieces, with music, spirituality and social fabric? Hear contrasting stories for a wide variety of families, and see pictures and film that share an array of experiences.

Topic: Marimba

Arranging for Marimba (more)

Teachers: Ric Alviso

Cost: $28.00

Age Levels: Adults

Skill Levels: Intermediate Intermediate

Topics: Marimba

Session Length
Session 2 (Fri 1:00 PM) 2 hours

In this workshop participants will learn some basic techniques on how to take a traditional song or mbira piece and arrange it for Zimbabwean marimba ensemble. I will teach two marimba pieces, while breaking the arrangements down to show how the pieces work. Participants will be provided with handouts and full transcriptions for the pieces discussed. Educators are welcome.

Waka Waka (more)

Teachers: Ric Alviso

Cost: $28.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Advanced Beginner Advanced Beginner

Topics: Marimba, Singing

Session Length
Session 8 (Sun 3:30 PM) 2 hours

This song became very popular during the 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup. It is originally from Cameroon, but has travelled around the globe in numerous incarnations. This arrangement has singing and solos, and several variations depending on the ability of the players. Audiences love this arrangement of this song.

Marenje (more)

Teachers: Ric Alviso

Cost: $28.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Intermediate Intermediate

Topics: Marimba, Singing

Session Length
Session 6 (Sat 3:30 PM) 2 hours

Students will learn all parts and singing for the popular welcome song also known as "Mauya Mauya." The arrangement uses mbira techniques and several sections will be taught as well as ideas on structuring your own arrangement. This is a crowd favorite and excellent singalong song to introduce audiences to ZImbabwean music and language.

Beginner Nhemamusasa (more)

Teachers: Jaiaen Beck

Cost: $35.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Advanced Beginner Advanced Beginner

Topics: Marimba

Session Length
Session 1 (Fri 9:30 AM) 2.5 hours ⊕

Learn an uncomplicated arrangement of this beautiful ancient song. This version is for those who have no experience with mbira songs and want to get their feet wet. It has been simplified for non-mbira players.

Mudiwa Wangu (more)

Teachers: Jaiaen Beck

Cost: $28.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Intermediate Intermediate

Topics: Marimba

Session Length
Session 2 (Fri 1:00 PM) 2 hours

Mudiwa Wangu was inspired by many friends and family in Zimbabwe. This song is a composition by the teacher, and is a type of love song. Using a standard marimba ensemble arrangement, it explores interplay between parts. It is a sweet piece and great fun to play.

Siponono (more)

Teachers: Nathan Beck

Cost: $28.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Advanced Beginner Advanced Beginner

Topics: Marimba

Session Length
Session 2 (Fri 1:00 PM) 2 hours

This marimba arrangement was originally taught to Boka Marimba by Ephat Mujuru. Siponono is a traditional wedding song from the southern part of Zimbabwe. A complete arrangement, including singing, will be taught.

Kgopotso Means Remembrance (more)

Teachers: Jaiaen Beck

Cost: $28.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Introductory/Beginner Intro/Beg

Topics: Marimba, Drumming, Hosho

Session Length
Session 6 (Sat 3:30 PM) 2 hours

Kgopotso is a fun piece to learn marimba basics. This piece was written by Godfrey Ntatisi, arranged by Dumi, and taught for many years under the name of Chiradza I. We'll study all the parts, the hosho pattern, and if time allows, drumming. Our goal is to relax and enjoy the ensemble experience while learning many skills.

Valimba (more)

Teachers: Jeff Brahe

Cost: $28.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Intermediate Intermediate

Topics: Marimba, Drumming

Session Length
Session 1 (Fri 9:30 AM) 2 hours

The valimba is the traditional style of marimba played by Shona people in the eastern part of Africa. In this workshop, you'll get to learn new techniques like playing interlocking parts on the same marimba, using one hand to play a drum, and playing really fast! Try it out if you want something fun and different.

Zuva - A Day Yet to Come (more)

Teachers: Jesse Garcia

Cost: $28.00

Age Levels: Any age

Skill Levels: Introductory/Beginner Intro/Beg

Topics: Marimba

Session Length
Session 4 (Sat 9:30 AM) 2 hours

Marimba arrangement of the track one on the album Musik Ye Afrika: United We Stand.

Kolong Kuma (more)

Teachers: Kite Giedraitis

Cost: $28.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Intermediate Intermediate

Topics: Marimba, Drumming

Session Length
Session 1 (Fri 9:30 AM) 2 hours

Traditional Guinean song which Kite arranged for marimba ensemble. This song comes from the part of Africa where the djembe and kora are played. Its sound will remind you of these instruments. It does not require F# but does use B in the bass. You'll also learn a short vocal and a dundun (bass drum) part. A short recording of this song is available <a href="http://www.TallKite.com/misc_files/kolongkumasample.mp3">here</a>.

Sansa Kromah (more)

Teachers: Kite Giedraitis

Cost: $28.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Intermediate Intermediate

Topics: Marimba, Singing

Session Length
Session 2 (Fri 1:00 PM) 2 hours

A song from Ghana with a catchy vocal and a fun beat. A short recording of this song is available from http://www.TallKite.com/misc_files/SansaKromahExcerpt.mp3.

Shona Rhythms 101 - Tsaba (more)

Teachers: Kite Giedraitis

Cost: $28.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Advanced Beginner Advanced Beginner

Topics: Marimba, Drumming, Hosho

Session Length
Session 5 (Sat 1:00 PM) 2 hours

This workshop will open your ears to better hear syncopated rhythms and how they relate to the underlying beat, and includes tools to help you and your band get tighter. Includes a brief hosho workshop. Not a lecture, this workshop is very participatory with lots of fun, mind-expanding exercises. We will focus on duple-time music (songs with tsaba hosho).

Intensive: Mbirimo on Marimba (more)

Teachers: Joel Laviolette

Cost: $56.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Intermediate Intermediate

Topics: Marimba

Session Length
Session 3 (Fri 3:30 PM) 2 hours
Session 5 (Sat 1:00 PM) 2 hours

I will teach my arrangement of mbirimo that we played at Zimfest in Boulder: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aCZKSNQQr-Y. This will be taught as a multiple session intensive workshop.

Intensive: Chikende (more)

Teachers: Joel Laviolette

Cost: $56.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Intermediate Intermediate

Topics: Marimba

Session Length
Session 4 (Sat 9:30 AM) 2 hours
Session 8 (Sun 3:30 PM) 2 hours

This is my own funky version of "Chikende", with lots of cool breaks and changes. You can hear an audio sample of it here: http://www.amazon.com/Chikende/dp/B001BRUMCC. This will be taught as a multiple session intensive workshop.

Nyamaropa Yepasi (more)

Teachers: Daniel Lockley

Cost: $28.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Advanced Advanced

Topics: Marimba

Session Length
Session 8 (Sun 3:30 PM) 2 hours

Nyamaropa Yepasi is a contemporary take on a traditional mbira song. It was arranged by Chris Berry, but has since been augmented by members of the Ande Marimba Band. People who know the piece "Nyamaropa" will enjoy hearing the familiar tune in a new mode with some funky rhythms.

Nyuchi Dzinoruma (more)

Teachers: Jacob Mafuleni

Cost: $21.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Introductory/Beginner Intro/Beg

Topics: Marimba

Session Length
Session 7 (Sun 1:00 PM) 1.5 hours

This is a traditional Mhande rhythm song about being courageous enough to fight for what one believes--despite any harm that may come. Pick up your bow and arrows and let's go fight, even though the bees may sting!

Chachimurenga (more)

Teachers: Paul Mataruse

Cost: $28.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Introductory/Beginner Intro/Beg

Topics: Marimba, Singing

Session Length
Session 8 (Sun 3:30 PM) 2 hours

In this workshop, Peter and Paul Mataruse will co-teach a popular song from the liberation struggle in Zimbabwe. Chachimurenga is one of the most popular songs from Ambuya Stella Chiweshe, a very influential mbira player from Zimbabwe.

Intensive: Ndangariro (more)

Teachers: Paul Mataruse

Cost: $56.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Intermediate Intermediate

Topics: Marimba, Mbira, Singing

Session Length
Session 3 (Fri 3:30 PM) 2 hours
Session 6 (Sat 3:30 PM) 2 hours

In this workshop, participants will learn Paul's original composition that features kushaura and kutsinhira lines on the soprano and tenor parts. We will also work on the mbira and singing lines for those interested in combining different facets of the song. This will be taught as a multiple session intensive workshop.

Zvichapera (more)

Teachers: Eric Miller

Cost: $28.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Intermediate Intermediate

Topics: Marimba

Session Length
Session 7 (Sun 1:00 PM) 2 hours

Originally a vocal song, played on mbira by many, and now on marimba, this arrangement has a driving energy that makes it fun to play. It also has unique harmonic movement that takes it into a second section that will probably blow your mind. Singing will be heard and taught if time permits.

Dindingwe (more)

Teachers: Kurai Blessing Mubaiwa

Cost: By donation

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Advanced Beginner Advanced Beginner

Topics: Marimba

Session Length
Session 5 (Sat 1:00 PM) 2 hours

Dindingwe translates as Leopard. This song is Kurai's arrangement of the traditional drumming song that talks about someone who has invited a leopard into the village. The drumming rhythm of this song is Madandanda and is frequently played in Murewa.

Chikende (more)

Teachers: Kurai Blessing Mubaiwa

Cost: By donation

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Introductory/Beginner Intro/Beg

Topics: Marimba

Session Length
Session 2 (Fri 1:00 PM) 2 hours

The version of this song came from the Jerusarema dance done in Kurai's village in Murewa. The drumming parts are put on marimba and the baritone marimba follows the dancers.

Bhuka Tiende (more)

Teachers: Kurai Blessing Mubaiwa

Cost: By donation

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Advanced Beginner Advanced Beginner

Topics: Marimba

Session Length
Session 3 (Fri 3:30 PM) 2 hours

This is a classical Zimbabwean mbira piece that has been arranged by Kurai for marimba.

Shangaani Jive (more)

Teachers: Kurai Blessing Mubaiwa

Cost: By donation

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Advanced Advanced

Topics: Marimba

Session Length
Session 8 (Sun 3:30 PM) 2 hours

This song is an original composition from Kurai. He was influenced by South African shangaan electronic music. The rhythm is different and will be challenging to learn.

Shumba (more)

Teachers: Kurai Blessing Mubaiwa

Cost: By donation

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Advanced Beginner Advanced Beginner

Topics: Marimba

Session Length
Session 7 (Sun 1:00 PM) 2 hours

Kurai learned the arrangement of this traditional mbira song from Garikayi Tirikoti. The goal of this workshop is for students to be able to easily learn all the parts.

Babamudiki (more)

Teachers: Paul Mataruse

Cost: $28.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Intermediate Intermediate

Topics: Marimba

Session Length
Session 4 (Sat 9:30 AM) 2 hours

This is one of the most popular compositions from Paul. In this workshop, you will learn the basic 7-piece arrangement that Paul has shared with various marimba bands across the country.

Maimbo (more)

Teachers: Michael Sibanda

Cost: By donation

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Introductory/Beginner Intro/Beg

Topics: Marimba

Session Length
Session 1 (Fri 9:30 AM) 2 hours

A marimba piece by Alport Mhlanga excellent for teaching beginning technique.

Intensive: Zuva Ravira (more)

Teachers: Michael Sibanda

Cost: By donation

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Intermediate Intermediate

Topics: Marimba

Session Length
Session 4 (Sat 9:30 AM) 2 hours
Session 7 (Sun 1:00 PM) 2 hours

This marimba arrangement of "Zuva Ravira" is a popular song by Oliver Mtukudzi which translates: "Take the child home now, the sun has set and it is getting dark." This will be taught as a multiple session intensive workshop.

Botsotsi (more)

Teachers: Michael Sibanda

Cost: By donation

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Advanced Advanced

Topics: Marimba

Session Length
Session 3 (Fri 3:30 PM) 2 hours

Experience the marimba playing styles of Bulawayo in this highly rhythmic and melodious piece composed by Michael Sibanda. "Botsotsi" is Setswana for crooks; in Ndebele, "Otsotsi"; in Shona, "Matsotsi".

Dande (more)

Teachers: Sheree Seretse

Cost: $28.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Intermediate Intermediate

Topics: Marimba

Session Length
Session 5 (Sat 1:00 PM) 2 hours

A contemporary arrangement of the mbira song "Dande", this class will provide an intermediate marimba student with the interlocking relationships found on the mbira. Dande is one of the early mbira pieces taught to beginning students.

Nhimutimu: Introduction to Mbira-Style Marimba (more)

Teachers: Mandy Walker-LaFollette

Cost: $28.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Advanced Beginner Advanced Beginner

Topics: Marimba

Session Length
Session 4 (Sat 9:30 AM) 2 hours

Based on mbira parts to Nhimutimu, a traditional Shona song, this workshop offers a solid introduction to mbira-style marimba, playing parts in the kushaura and kutsinhira positions, and how to be comfortable with the beat in either position. We will develop the ability to play the same part a pulse behind, as well as playing two parts in a three-against-two relationship.

Intro to Matepe Mbira Style on Marimba (more)

Teachers: Jeff Brahe, Daniel Lockley

Cost: $28.00

Age Levels: Teens

Skill Levels: Advanced Advanced

Topics: Marimba

Session Length
Session 2 (Fri 1:00 PM) 2 hours

The matepe is a complex, 26-key mbira from eastern Zimbabwe and the surrounding areas, which has its own unique repertoire and playing style. Featuring beautiful melodies and fast rhythms, it offers much new and interesting material. To date, the song Siti has been the only matepe song commonly played on marimba...until now! This workshop will be team taught by Jeff Brahe and Daniel Lockley.

Kamba (more)

Teachers: Mandy Walker-LaFollette

Cost: $28.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Introductory/Beginner Intro/Beg

Topics: Marimba

Session Length
Session 3 (Fri 3:30 PM) 2 hours

Kamba was written and arranged by instructor Mandy Walker-LaFollette and Wanda Walker. This is a simpler version than the original; an mp3 of the full arrangement can be found at marimbaworks.com/mandy. In the Shona language of Zimbabwe, Kamba means Tortoise. The name is meant to resemble how Kamba the tortoise thinks of herself with every thoughtful step.

Nhimutimu - Full Arrangement (more)

Teachers: Wanda Walker

Cost: $28.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Intermediate Intermediate

Topics: Marimba

Session Length
Session 7 (Sun 1:00 PM) 2 hours

You've taken the Introduction to Mbira-style Marimba with my daughter, Mandy, or me and learned some of the basic parts to Nhimutimu, and now you want to learn the full arrangement? Awesome! Let's put this rocking song together. This arrangement is for seven marimbas plus hosho based on mbira parts taught by Cosmas Magaya, and some recordings of John Kunaka on the CD, “Zimbabwe.” People love to dance to this arrangement! Students need to be able to distinguish where the beat falls in their part, and apply that to kushaura and kutsinhira positions. (If you want to take this workshop and have not taken the Intro workshop, sign up for the Intro class being offered this year in Session 4, or schedule a private lesson with me on Thursday, unless you are a very quick learner. ) You may listen to a sound file of this arrangement through a link on this web page: http://www.marimbaworks.com/WWalker/

Marimba Music for Children (more)

Teachers: Matthew Jenkins

Cost: $21.00

Age Levels: Children

Skill Levels: Introductory/Beginner Intro/Beg

Topics: Children, Marimba

Session Length
Session 8 (Sun 3:30 PM) 1.5 hours

In this workshop, I will teach pre-teens a marimba piece suitable for youngsters with very little, or no experience, playing marimbas.

Nhemamusasa Ye Kutanga Level 2 (more)

Teachers: Wanda Walker

Cost: $28.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Intermediate Intermediate

Topics: Marimba

Session Length
Session 6 (Sat 3:30 PM) 2 hours

*Prerequisite:* Having learned the parts to this song in one of my previous workshops (see Level One offered earlier in this festival), being able to learn parts very quickly or schedule a private lesson with me on Thursday. In Level Two I will teach parts never taught before, and plan to delve deeper into hooking the parts and arranging the song. Wanda based this marimba arrangement on mbira parts taught by Cosmas Magaya. This song has a different chord progression from the well-known Nhemamusasa. The arrangement starts with a call and response from one side of the ensemble to the other. Two sopranos and a tenor provide a trio on each side which speak back and forth. Wanda says that for her, the swirling of the song evokes a feeling of being "inside the head" of a mbira player during a bira (ceremony). Four sopranos enable symmetry in the arrangement; however, a slight modification allows it to be played with three sopranos. Key of G (mixolydian mode; does not use F#s). You may listen to a sound file of this arrangement through a link on this Web page: [[http://www.marimbaworks.com/WWalker/]]

Waka Waka (more)

Teachers: Ric Alviso

Cost: $28.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Advanced Beginner Advanced Beginner

Topics: Marimba, Singing

Session Length
Session 5 (Sat 1:00 PM) 2 hours

This song became very popular during the 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup. It is originally from Cameroon, but has travelled around the globe in numerous incarnations. This arrangement has singing and solos, and several variations depending on the ability of the players. Audiences love this arrangement of this song.

Kutambarara (more)

Teachers: Jake Roberts

Cost: $28.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Advanced Beginner Advanced Beginner

Topics: Marimba

Session Length
Session 7 (Sun 1:00 PM) 2 hours

Kutambarara ("to spread out") is a joyous and reflective song composed by Dumisani Maraire. It celebrates, in Dumi's words, the "spreading out of African concepts, perspectives, philosophies, traditions and cultures through African music." This workshop will focus on Dumi's marimba arrangement, featuring a beautiful lead based on singing melodies, as well as other parts in the style of Nyunga Nyunga mbira.

Nhemamusasa Ye Kutanga Level 1 (more)

Teachers: Wanda Walker

Cost: $28.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Intermediate Intermediate

Topics: Marimba

Session Length
Session 2 (Fri 1:00 PM) 2 hours

Wanda based this marimba arrangement on mbira parts taught by Cosmas Magaya. This song has a different chord progression from the well-known Nhemamusasa. The arrangement starts with a call and response from one side of the ensemble to the other. Two sopranos and a tenor provide a trio on each side which speak back and forth. Wanda says that for her, the swirling of the song evokes a feeling of being "inside the head" of a mbira player during a bira (ceremony). Four sopranos enable symmetry in the arrangement; however, a slight modification allows it to be played with three sopranos. Key of G (mixolydian mode; does not use F#s). You may listen to a sound file of a somewhat more advanced version of this arrangement through a link on this Web page: [[http://www.marimbaworks.com/WWalker/]]

Umlatheni (more)

Teachers: Nathan Beck

Cost: $28.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Advanced Beginner Advanced Beginner

Topics: Marimba

Session Length
Session 5 (Sat 1:00 PM) 2 hours

This is a song I learned from Bongo Love in 2008. It’s a sweet tune that is not very complicated, but lots of fun to play. A great advanced beginning song. Umlatheni is the name of a girl.

Chigwindiri (more)

Teachers: Eric Miller

Cost: $28.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Advanced Beginner Advanced Beginner

Topics: Marimba

Session Length
Session 6 (Sat 3:30 PM) 2 hours

This song (recorded by by Thomas Mapfumo) means a "very strong person" and is about someone who has no relatives and no support. One has to be very strong to carry on. This song welcomes this strong person and says "Come dance and show us your stuff". It was sung during the liberation struggle in Zimbabwe to welcome rebels who had come out of the bush to a changed reality. Fun marimba parts.

Wai Bamba (more)

Teachers: MyLinda King

Cost: $28.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Advanced Beginner Advanced Beginner

Topics: Marimba

Session Length
Session 6 (Sat 3:30 PM) 2 hours

This is a Venda wedding song that Dumi Maraire arranged for marimbas in the early 1990's. All parts, including the lead, are easy to learn and execute but can be "dressed up" later as skills improve. If there is time we will sing too! The singing style is a marriage of Western 4-part harmony and the indigenous singing style of southern Africa. There is also some fun drum and percussion accompaniment.

Qongqothwane (The "Click Song") (more)

Teachers: Nathan Beck

Cost: $28.00

Age Levels: Any age

Skill Levels: Advanced Beginner Advanced Beginner

Topics: Marimba

Session Length
Session 7 (Sun 1:00 PM) 2 hours

A traditional Xhosa song made famous by the late Miriam Makeba, this song is a real crowd pleaser and a great dance tune. The lead on this one is open to lots of improvisation!

Butsu Mutandari (more)

Teachers: Claire Jones

Cost: $28.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Intermediate Intermediate

Topics: Marimba

Session Length
Session 6 (Sat 3:30 PM) 2 hours

Butsu is a type of Zimbabwean dance, and the song is played on mbira, guitars and marimba. This is a very danceable marimba arrangement with parts from various Zimbabwean sources including the karimba mbira. This song is taught in G.

Ruva Rangu (more)

Teachers: Jacob Mafuleni

Cost: $28.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Advanced Advanced

Topics: Marimba

Session Length
Session 4 (Sat 9:30 AM) 2 hours

Ruva Rangu is a love song composed by Jacob in the Congolese Soukous and Rhumba styles of Central Africa. Participants will learn challenging rhythmic patterns on the marimba in this very lively song.

Wenge Mambo (more)

Teachers: Michael Sibanda

Cost: By donation

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Intermediate Intermediate

Topics: Marimba

Session Length
Session 5 (Sat 1:00 PM) 2 hours

The title of this song means "You behave like a Chief". This is a marimba arrangement of a spiritual and polyrhythmic piece by Oliver Mtukudzi that has exciting interlocking rhythms and melodies. Hosho and drumming accompaniment will be included.

Anansi (more)

Teachers: Kite Giedraitis

Cost: $28.00

Age Levels: Any age

Skill Levels: Introductory/Beginner Intro/Beg

Topics: Marimba

Session Length
Session 3 (Fri 3:30 PM) 2 hours

This is an original composition and Anansi, the West African spider god who is a bit of a trickster. The parts have both easy and advanced versions, so you will never get tired of it. The song has a hidden meaning that will be revealed at the workshop. A short excerpt is available at: www.TallKite.com/misc_files/anansisample.mp3. (Copy paste into your search window)

Topic: Mbira

Mahororo (more)

Teachers: Erica Azim

Cost: $28.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Introductory/Beginner Intro/Beg

Topics: Mbira

Session Length
Session 7 (Sun 1:00 PM) 2 hours

Mahororo is one of the oldest and most important Shona mbira pieces. This Intro/Beginner version, learned from Caution Shonhai, can be played together with more common or complex versions of the same piece. You can learn it even if you have never played mbira before! (tuning: Nyamaropa in MBIRA workshop pitch around B)

Chigwaya (more)

Teachers: Erica Azim

Cost: $28.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Introductory/Beginner Intro/Beg

Topics: Mbira

Session Length
Session 4 (Sat 9:30 AM) 2 hours

Chigwaya is the traditional Shona mbira piece required to call mermaid spirits, which bring health, wealth and protection. The piece will be taught in the style learned from Endiby Makope (late brother of Patience Chaitezvi). It can also be sung either with or without mbira, as taught in a separate Zimfest workshop. (tuning: Nyamaropa in MBIRA workshop pitch around B)

Most Magical Mbavarira (more)

Teachers: Erica Azim

Cost: $28.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Advanced Advanced

Topics: Mbira

Session Length
Session 1 (Fri 9:30 AM) 2 hours

This is a very very special version of Mbavarira, as played by "Samaita" Vitalis Botsa on mavembe (gandanga) tuning. It uses the very highest high keys on the mbira. Warning: this may be addictive, and you may neglect your other pieces after learning it.

Anyone Can Sing With Mbira (or Marimba) (more)

Teachers: Erica Azim

Cost: $21.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Introductory/Beginner Intro/Beg

Topics: Mbira, Singing

Session Length
Session 3 (Fri 3:30 PM) 1.5 hours

Anyone can sing with mbira by learning to listen to simple lines in the music and singing them with vocables. We'll try this out with several pieces, and you can make requests.

Intensive: Chawasarira (more)

Teachers: Marian Grebanier

Cost: $56.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Advanced Beginner Advanced Beginner

Topics: Mbira

Session Length
Session 3 (Fri 3:30 PM) 2 hours
Session 6 (Sat 3:30 PM) 2 hours

Learn both the kushaura and kutsinhira to this lovely song--taught to me by Luken Pasipamire--then learn how to put the two parts together and play, play. If he is available, Nathan Beck will play with me at the beginning of each session to show you how this piece sounds with both parts played together. This will be taught as a multiple session intensive workshop.

Taireva Gore Kore (more)

Teachers: Marian Grebanier

Cost: $28.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Intermediate Intermediate

Topics: Mbira

Session Length
Session 2 (Fri 1:00 PM) 2 hours

Taireva of long back. Learn both kushaura and kutsinhira of a favorite song of mine.

Tondori for karimba/nyunga nyunga (more)

Teachers: Claire Jones

Cost: $28.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Advanced Beginner Advanced Beginner

Topics: Mbira

Session Length
Session 8 (Sun 3:30 PM) 2 hours

This is a traditional Shona song about a man nicknamed “Tondori” who used to be a champion drinker. I will teach the mbira parts and lyrics as I learned them from Dumi Maraire in the late 1970s. Bring a karimba in the Kwanongoma tuning (F) if you have one.

Beginning Matepe (more)

Teachers: Joel Laviolette

Cost: $28.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Introductory/Beginner Intro/Beg

Topics: Mbira

Session Length
Session 6 (Sat 3:30 PM) 2 hours

Students will learn the basics of how to hold the instrument correctly, and how to play it. We will then move on to a basic version of the song "Marume".

Nhemamusasa - Kunaka Variation (more)

Teachers: Cosmas Magaya

Cost: $28.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Advanced Advanced

Topics: Mbira

Session Length
Session 3 (Fri 3:30 PM) 2 hours

Nhemamusasa means "to build a temporary shelter." Cosmas will teach kushaura, high line, and kutsinhira as time permits. He will provide cultural perspectives and coach students on their playing techniques, playing well together and with the hosho beat.

Nhimutimu (more)

Teachers: Cosmas Magaya

Cost: $28.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Intermediate Intermediate

Topics: Mbira

Session Length
Session 8 (Sun 3:30 PM) 2 hours

The full name of this song is Nhimutimu yaNyamaropa, which means "shortcut to Nyamaropa." Cosmas will teach kushaura, high line, and kutsinhira as time permits. He will provide cultural perspectives and coach students on their playing techniques, playing well together and with the hosho beat.

Karigamombe (more)

Teachers: Cosmas Magaya

Cost: $28.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Introductory/Beginner Intro/Beg

Topics: Mbira

Session Length
Session 1 (Fri 9:30 AM) 2 hours

Karigamombe was one of the great ancient Zimbabwean chiefs. His name means "one who can take down a bull." It is one of the most important songs to play when starting a bira because it is used to inform the Spirits about the important occasion happening. We will begin with kushaura, and add high lines or kutsinhira as time permits. Cultural background and techniques will also be covered

Mukatiende (more)

Teachers: Cosmas Magaya

Cost: $28.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Introductory/Beginner Intro/Beg

Topics: Mbira

Session Length
Session 5 (Sat 1:00 PM) 2 hours

Mukatiende - "Wake up, let's go," is one of the songs played in the early stages of the bira ceremony. We will begin with the Kushaura part. Cultural background and basic mbira technique will also be covered.

Taireva on nyunga nyunga mbira (more)

Teachers: Paul Mataruse

Cost: $28.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Intermediate Intermediate

Topics: Mbira

Session Length
Session 5 (Sat 1:00 PM) 2 hours

Come and learn this fun arrangement of Taireva on the Nyunga Nyunga. Paul will teach the basic phrasing for Taireva and then show you how you can improvise on other songs using similar patterns.

Intensive: Ndangariro (more)

Teachers: Paul Mataruse

Cost: $56.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Intermediate Intermediate

Topics: Marimba, Mbira, Singing

Session Length
Session 3 (Fri 3:30 PM) 2 hours
Session 6 (Sat 3:30 PM) 2 hours

In this workshop, participants will learn Paul's original composition that features kushaura and kutsinhira lines on the soprano and tenor parts. We will also work on the mbira and singing lines for those interested in combining different facets of the song. This will be taught as a multiple session intensive workshop.

Kashiri Kamambo (more)

Teachers: Moyo Rainos Mutamba

Cost: By donation

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Intermediate Intermediate

Topics: Mbira

Session Length
Session 2 (Fri 1:00 PM) 2 hours

The workshop will focus on the call for Kashiri Kamambo. We will be able to get the basic kushaura and kutsinhira parts, a few variations, together with call and response vocals.

Karimugomba on Gandanga with Singing (more)

Teachers: Moyo Rainos Mutamba

Cost: By donation

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Advanced Advanced

Topics: Mbira, Singing

Session Length
Session 4 (Sat 9:30 AM) 2 hours

This workshop is appropriate for intermediate to advanced players who enjoy playing Gandanga/Vembe tuning. At the end of the workshop, one will be able to play KariMugomba on mbira, sing a few lines, or both.

Kari Mudande with Singing (more)

Teachers: Moyo Rainos Mutamba

Cost: By donation

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Intermediate Intermediate

Topics: Mbira, Singing

Session Length
Session 7 (Sun 1:00 PM) 2 hours

For beginner and intermediate mbira players and singers, Kari Mudande is a highly accessible song--especially for beginners--and is fun to play. This workshop will focus on the call for Kari Mudande on mbira, and call and response for vocals that accompany it. By the workshops's conclusion, the goal is to develop the ability to either to play one variation, sing the call or response, or play one variation on mbira while singing. Having witnessed the success of learners at various levels, the latter is quite possible!

Nhemamusasa (more)

Teachers: Evelyn Mukwedeya

Cost: By donation

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Introductory/Beginner Intro/Beg

Topics: Mbira

Session Length
Session 6 (Sat 3:30 PM) 2 hours

Nhemamusasa refers to the construction of a temporary shelter in the forest during hunting or times of war. It is one of the oldest songs in the mbira repertoire. Nhemamusasa is one of the first songs which mbira players learn and has many variations.

Madhunamatuna (more)

Teachers: Evelyn Mukwedeya

Cost: By donation

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Intermediate Intermediate

Topics: Mbira

Session Length
Session 4 (Sat 9:30 AM) 2 hours

Madhunamatuna (translated as thorns) refers to the troubles of the world. Evelyn will teach the kushaura and kutsinhira parts for this song.

Chemtengure (more)

Teachers: Evelyn Mukwedeya

Cost: By donation

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Introductory/Beginner Intro/Beg

Topics: Mbira

Session Length
Session 2 (Fri 1:00 PM) 2 hours

Chemutengure is typically one of the first mbira pieces which mbira players learn. It tells the story of a wagon driver. This traditional piece also forms the basis of many popular contemporary Zimbabwean songs. It is easy to learn and has many variations which can be learned over time.

Mbira Singing: Chigwaya (more)

Teachers: Erica Azim

Cost: $21.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Introductory/Beginner Intro/Beg

Topics: Mbira, Singing

Session Length
Session 8 (Sun 3:30 PM) 1.5 hours

Chigwaya is the traditional Shona mbira song used to call mermaid spirits, which bring health, wealth and protection. The song will be taught in the style learned from Endiby Makope (and also taught by Patience Chaitezvi). It can be sung a capella or with mbira (see separate Zimfest mbira workshop). Audio sample of this version: http://www.mbira.org/audio/tracks/mbira.org-3474-1.mp3

Rwakaenda naMambo/Chaminuka We (more)

Teachers: Cosmas Magaya

Cost: $28.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Advanced Advanced

Topics: Mbira

Session Length
Session 6 (Sat 3:30 PM) 2 hours

This was one of the songs Chaminuka asked his mbira players to play before he was killed. Cosmas will teach kushaura, high line, and kutsinhira as time permits. He will provide cultural perspectives and coach students on their playing techniques, playing well together and with the hosho beat.

Topic: Singing

Waka Waka (more)

Teachers: Ric Alviso

Cost: $28.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Advanced Beginner Advanced Beginner

Topics: Marimba, Singing

Session Length
Session 8 (Sun 3:30 PM) 2 hours

This song became very popular during the 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup. It is originally from Cameroon, but has travelled around the globe in numerous incarnations. This arrangement has singing and solos, and several variations depending on the ability of the players. Audiences love this arrangement of this song.

Marenje (more)

Teachers: Ric Alviso

Cost: $28.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Intermediate Intermediate

Topics: Marimba, Singing

Session Length
Session 6 (Sat 3:30 PM) 2 hours

Students will learn all parts and singing for the popular welcome song also known as "Mauya Mauya." The arrangement uses mbira techniques and several sections will be taught as well as ideas on structuring your own arrangement. This is a crowd favorite and excellent singalong song to introduce audiences to ZImbabwean music and language.

Anyone Can Sing With Mbira (or Marimba) (more)

Teachers: Erica Azim

Cost: $21.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Introductory/Beginner Intro/Beg

Topics: Mbira, Singing

Session Length
Session 3 (Fri 3:30 PM) 1.5 hours

Anyone can sing with mbira by learning to listen to simple lines in the music and singing them with vocables. We'll try this out with several pieces, and you can make requests.

Taireva Singing (more)

Teachers: Ashley Crutchfield

Cost: $21.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Intermediate Intermediate

Topics: Singing

Session Length
Session 2 (Fri 1:00 PM) 1.5 hours

Learn Ambuya Beauler Dyoko's lead singing to Taireva, including her distinct yodeling style! Beauler is one of the few female master mbira/vocalists living in Harare, and has been Cosmas Magaya's mbira partner for many years. Both Nyamaropa mbira and marimba tunings will be covered.

Sansa Kromah (more)

Teachers: Kite Giedraitis

Cost: $28.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Intermediate Intermediate

Topics: Marimba, Singing

Session Length
Session 2 (Fri 1:00 PM) 2 hours

A song from Ghana with a catchy vocal and a fun beat. A short recording of this song is available from http://www.TallKite.com/misc_files/SansaKromahExcerpt.mp3.

Shona Song: Mbira (more)

Teachers: Jacob Mafuleni

Cost: $28.00

Age Levels: Any age

Skill Levels: Any skill level Any

Topics: Singing

Session Length
Session 6 (Sat 3:30 PM) 2 hours

This song praises the mbira instrument and calls people to come and play. We use mbira music to communicate with the creator, and it's also fun to play. This song comes from the choral traditions during the liberation struggle, and is in four-part harmony.

Chachimurenga (more)

Teachers: Paul Mataruse

Cost: $28.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Introductory/Beginner Intro/Beg

Topics: Marimba, Singing

Session Length
Session 8 (Sun 3:30 PM) 2 hours

In this workshop, Peter and Paul Mataruse will co-teach a popular song from the liberation struggle in Zimbabwe. Chachimurenga is one of the most popular songs from Ambuya Stella Chiweshe, a very influential mbira player from Zimbabwe.

Intensive: Ndangariro (more)

Teachers: Paul Mataruse

Cost: $56.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Intermediate Intermediate

Topics: Marimba, Mbira, Singing

Session Length
Session 3 (Fri 3:30 PM) 2 hours
Session 6 (Sat 3:30 PM) 2 hours

In this workshop, participants will learn Paul's original composition that features kushaura and kutsinhira lines on the soprano and tenor parts. We will also work on the mbira and singing lines for those interested in combining different facets of the song. This will be taught as a multiple session intensive workshop.

Ndebele Singing (more)

Teachers: Lucky Moyo

Cost: By donation

Age Levels: Any age

Skill Levels: Any skill level Any

Topics: Singing

Session Length
Session 4 (Sat 9:30 AM) 1.5 hours

We will learn Thula sizwe, a song that talks about hope and keeping focused. Noma Kukude is another song of hope (even if it's a long way, we are going to Jerusalem, the promised land destination).

Karimugomba on Gandanga with Singing (more)

Teachers: Moyo Rainos Mutamba

Cost: By donation

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Advanced Advanced

Topics: Mbira, Singing

Session Length
Session 4 (Sat 9:30 AM) 2 hours

This workshop is appropriate for intermediate to advanced players who enjoy playing Gandanga/Vembe tuning. At the end of the workshop, one will be able to play KariMugomba on mbira, sing a few lines, or both.

Kari Mudande with Singing (more)

Teachers: Moyo Rainos Mutamba

Cost: By donation

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Intermediate Intermediate

Topics: Mbira, Singing

Session Length
Session 7 (Sun 1:00 PM) 2 hours

For beginner and intermediate mbira players and singers, Kari Mudande is a highly accessible song--especially for beginners--and is fun to play. This workshop will focus on the call for Kari Mudande on mbira, and call and response for vocals that accompany it. By the workshops's conclusion, the goal is to develop the ability to either to play one variation, sing the call or response, or play one variation on mbira while singing. Having witnessed the success of learners at various levels, the latter is quite possible!

Mbira Singing: Chigwaya (more)

Teachers: Erica Azim

Cost: $21.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Introductory/Beginner Intro/Beg

Topics: Mbira, Singing

Session Length
Session 8 (Sun 3:30 PM) 1.5 hours

Chigwaya is the traditional Shona mbira song used to call mermaid spirits, which bring health, wealth and protection. The song will be taught in the style learned from Endiby Makope (and also taught by Patience Chaitezvi). It can be sung a capella or with mbira (see separate Zimfest mbira workshop). Audio sample of this version: http://www.mbira.org/audio/tracks/mbira.org-3474-1.mp3

Waka Waka (more)

Teachers: Ric Alviso

Cost: $28.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Advanced Beginner Advanced Beginner

Topics: Marimba, Singing

Session Length
Session 5 (Sat 1:00 PM) 2 hours

This song became very popular during the 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup. It is originally from Cameroon, but has travelled around the globe in numerous incarnations. This arrangement has singing and solos, and several variations depending on the ability of the players. Audiences love this arrangement of this song.

Topic: Drumming

Kgopotso Means Remembrance (more)

Teachers: Jaiaen Beck

Cost: $28.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Introductory/Beginner Intro/Beg

Topics: Marimba, Drumming, Hosho

Session Length
Session 6 (Sat 3:30 PM) 2 hours

Kgopotso is a fun piece to learn marimba basics. This piece was written by Godfrey Ntatisi, arranged by Dumi, and taught for many years under the name of Chiradza I. We'll study all the parts, the hosho pattern, and if time allows, drumming. Our goal is to relax and enjoy the ensemble experience while learning many skills.

Valimba (more)

Teachers: Jeff Brahe

Cost: $28.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Intermediate Intermediate

Topics: Marimba, Drumming

Session Length
Session 1 (Fri 9:30 AM) 2 hours

The valimba is the traditional style of marimba played by Shona people in the eastern part of Africa. In this workshop, you'll get to learn new techniques like playing interlocking parts on the same marimba, using one hand to play a drum, and playing really fast! Try it out if you want something fun and different.

Kolong Kuma (more)

Teachers: Kite Giedraitis

Cost: $28.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Intermediate Intermediate

Topics: Marimba, Drumming

Session Length
Session 1 (Fri 9:30 AM) 2 hours

Traditional Guinean song which Kite arranged for marimba ensemble. This song comes from the part of Africa where the djembe and kora are played. Its sound will remind you of these instruments. It does not require F# but does use B in the bass. You'll also learn a short vocal and a dundun (bass drum) part. A short recording of this song is available <a href="http://www.TallKite.com/misc_files/kolongkumasample.mp3">here</a>.

Shona Rhythms 101 - Tsaba (more)

Teachers: Kite Giedraitis

Cost: $28.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Advanced Beginner Advanced Beginner

Topics: Marimba, Drumming, Hosho

Session Length
Session 5 (Sat 1:00 PM) 2 hours

This workshop will open your ears to better hear syncopated rhythms and how they relate to the underlying beat, and includes tools to help you and your band get tighter. Includes a brief hosho workshop. Not a lecture, this workshop is very participatory with lots of fun, mind-expanding exercises. We will focus on duple-time music (songs with tsaba hosho).

Madanhi Drumming (more)

Teachers: Jacob Mafuleni

Cost: $28.00

Age Levels: Any age

Skill Levels: Any skill level Any

Topics: Drumming

Session Length
Session 5 (Sat 1:00 PM) 2 hours

Participants will learn the complex four-part drum rhythms of the Kore Kore people from Northern Zimbabwe. Madanhi comes from a harvest celebration.

Children's Zimbabwean Drumming (more)

Teachers: Jona Masiya

Cost: $14.00

Age Levels: Children

Skill Levels: Introductory/Beginner Intro/Beg

Topics: Children, Drumming

Session Length
Session 2 (Fri 1:00 PM) 1 hours

This workshop is designed for children ages five-12. No drumming experience required. Students will be introduced to basic Zimbabwean drumming, techniques for first-time drummers, hand-body-mind coordination, drumming with movement and children’s games done with drums. This drumming class is loaded with fun drumming activities!

Khalanga Drums, Hosho and Dance (more)

Teachers: Lucky Moyo

Cost: By donation

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Any skill level Any

Topics: Drumming, Hosho, Dance

Session Length
Session 7 (Sun 1:00 PM) 1.5 hours

The Khalanga people live in Southwestern Zimbabwe and Eastern Botswana. Amabhiza dance is done at rain making and pre-harvest ceremonies.

Children's Khalanga Drums, Hosho and Dance (more)

Teachers: Lucky Moyo

Cost: By donation

Age Levels: Children

Skill Levels: Introductory/Beginner Intro/Beg

Topics: Children, Drumming, Hosho, Dance

Session Length
Session 6 (Sat 3:30 PM) 1.5 hours

The Khalanga people live in Southwestern Zimbabwe and Eastern Botswana. Amabhiza dance is done at rain making and pre-harvest ceremonies. This workshop is catered to young children.

Intro to Zimbabwean Drumming (more)

Teachers: Jona Masiya

Cost: $14.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Introductory/Beginner Intro/Beg

Topics: Drumming

Session Length
Session 8 (Sun 3:30 PM) 1 hours

This workshop will introduce students to the Mbakumba and Mhande drumming rhythms from Zimbabwe. If there is time, Jona will teach an additional West African drumming song.

Beginning Drumming (more)

Teachers: Sheree Seretse

Cost: $21.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Introductory/Beginner Intro/Beg

Topics: Drumming

Session Length
Session 3 (Fri 3:30 PM) 1.5 hours

Learn some traditional rhythms from Zimbabwe. The class will teach hand techniques, tones, basic and cross patterns. Discussions about the context of the rhythms will discussed.

Topic: Hosho

Hosho 101 (more)

Teachers: Jaiaen Beck

Cost: $21.00

Age Levels: Any age

Skill Levels: Introductory/Beginner Intro/Beg

Topics: Hosho

Session Length
Session 3 (Fri 3:30 PM) 1.5 hours

Explore working with these special gourds as a key part of any ensemble, and feeling free to express yourself. We will play the basic rhythms, which are found in the many songs that you may be studying including tsaba, muchangoyo, shangara and mbira hosho. Great basics with technique tips for experienced players as well!

Kgopotso Means Remembrance (more)

Teachers: Jaiaen Beck

Cost: $28.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Introductory/Beginner Intro/Beg

Topics: Marimba, Drumming, Hosho

Session Length
Session 6 (Sat 3:30 PM) 2 hours

Kgopotso is a fun piece to learn marimba basics. This piece was written by Godfrey Ntatisi, arranged by Dumi, and taught for many years under the name of Chiradza I. We'll study all the parts, the hosho pattern, and if time allows, drumming. Our goal is to relax and enjoy the ensemble experience while learning many skills.

Shona Rhythms 101 - Tsaba (more)

Teachers: Kite Giedraitis

Cost: $28.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Advanced Beginner Advanced Beginner

Topics: Marimba, Drumming, Hosho

Session Length
Session 5 (Sat 1:00 PM) 2 hours

This workshop will open your ears to better hear syncopated rhythms and how they relate to the underlying beat, and includes tools to help you and your band get tighter. Includes a brief hosho workshop. Not a lecture, this workshop is very participatory with lots of fun, mind-expanding exercises. We will focus on duple-time music (songs with tsaba hosho).

Do Not Fear the Hosho (They are your Friends) (more)

Teachers: MyLinda King

Cost: $21.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Introductory/Beginner Intro/Beg

Topics: Hosho

Session Length
Session 5 (Sat 1:00 PM) 1.5 hours

Do you have hosho phobia? Even if you have never held a pair of hosho in your hands, you can take this workshop. We will learn two--and possibly three--basic patterns that will allow you to play with almost any song. The focus will be on staying relaxed. Hosho will be provided to all participants, and will also be available for puchase after the workshop.

Khalanga Drums, Hosho and Dance (more)

Teachers: Lucky Moyo

Cost: By donation

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Any skill level Any

Topics: Drumming, Hosho, Dance

Session Length
Session 7 (Sun 1:00 PM) 1.5 hours

The Khalanga people live in Southwestern Zimbabwe and Eastern Botswana. Amabhiza dance is done at rain making and pre-harvest ceremonies.

Children's Khalanga Drums, Hosho and Dance (more)

Teachers: Lucky Moyo

Cost: By donation

Age Levels: Children

Skill Levels: Introductory/Beginner Intro/Beg

Topics: Children, Drumming, Hosho, Dance

Session Length
Session 6 (Sat 3:30 PM) 1.5 hours

The Khalanga people live in Southwestern Zimbabwe and Eastern Botswana. Amabhiza dance is done at rain making and pre-harvest ceremonies. This workshop is catered to young children.

Intermediate Hosho Patterns (more)

Teachers: Will Piepenbrink

Cost: $28.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Advanced Beginner Advanced Beginner

Topics: Hosho

Session Length
Session 6 (Sat 3:30 PM) 2 hours

Begin to develop new variations on basic hosho patterns by looking at them in new ways.

Hosho for Mbira Music (more)

Teachers: Martha Thom

Cost: $21.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Introductory/Beginner Intro/Beg

Topics: Hosho

Session Length
Session 8 (Sun 3:30 PM) 1.5 hours

In this workshop, Martha will teach the basic movements for playing the hosho for mbira music. We will cover how to find a strong downbeat, and then add the characteristic swoosh sound associated with traditional mbira music.

Topic: Language

Topic: Dance

Khalanga Drums, Hosho and Dance (more)

Teachers: Lucky Moyo

Cost: By donation

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Any skill level Any

Topics: Drumming, Hosho, Dance

Session Length
Session 7 (Sun 1:00 PM) 1.5 hours

The Khalanga people live in Southwestern Zimbabwe and Eastern Botswana. Amabhiza dance is done at rain making and pre-harvest ceremonies.

Children's Khalanga Drums, Hosho and Dance (more)

Teachers: Lucky Moyo

Cost: By donation

Age Levels: Children

Skill Levels: Introductory/Beginner Intro/Beg

Topics: Children, Drumming, Hosho, Dance

Session Length
Session 6 (Sat 3:30 PM) 1.5 hours

The Khalanga people live in Southwestern Zimbabwe and Eastern Botswana. Amabhiza dance is done at rain making and pre-harvest ceremonies. This workshop is catered to young children.

Jeruserema Dance (more)

Teachers: Memory Makuri

Cost: By donation

Age Levels: Any age

Skill Levels: Any skill level Any

Topics: Dance

Session Length
Session 4 (Sat 9:30 AM) 1.5 hours

Jerusarema is a popular dance style from the Zezuru people in the Eastern districts of Zimbabwe. This dance is mostly performed by men and women together, although it can also be performed by women or men separately. It is driven by a single polyrhythmic drummer accompanied by men and women playing woodblock clappers and women clapping, ululating and/or using whistles.

Mhande Dance (more)

Teachers: Memory Makuri

Cost: By donation

Age Levels: Any age

Skill Levels: Any skill level Any

Topics: Dance

Session Length
Session 3 (Fri 3:30 PM) 1.5 hours

Mhande is a ceremonial dance which, in the past, was used to call upon the spirits to induce the rains. Today it is performed at parties and social gatherings.

Gumboot Dance (more)

Teachers: Lucky Moyo

Cost: By donation

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Any skill level Any

Topics: Dance

Session Length
Session 2 (Fri 1:00 PM) 1.5 hours

A dance from the mines of South Africa, Gumboot Dance involves stamping, clapping, and body percussion.

Dancing with Mbira (more)

Teachers: Martha Thom

Cost: $21.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Any skill level Any

Topics: Dance

Session Length
Session 5 (Sat 1:00 PM) 1.5 hours

Have you ever seen all those people who seem to know how to dance in unison at the Zimfest Concerts? This class will show you some of the basic traditional dances for mbira music as they are done in the villages in Zimbabwe. Martha will teach a choreographed sequence of moves that will have you dancing like the pros at those concerts!

Muchongoyo Dance (more)

Teachers: Martha Thom

Cost: $21.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Introductory/Beginner Intro/Beg

Topics: Dance

Session Length
Session 7 (Sun 1:00 PM) 1.5 hours

The Muchongoyo dance is traditionally performed in preparation for war and after war, especially when the warriors are victorious. It is also a social and recreational dance, and does not have a religious feature; instead, it highlights the events of the society. Martha will teach the signature stomping movements and dramatic gestures associated with this dance.

Dancing with Marimba (more)

Teachers: Martha Thom

Cost: $21.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Any skill level Any

Topics: Dance

Session Length
Session 6 (Sat 3:30 PM) 1.5 hours

Participants will learn contemporary Zimbabwean dances to combine with marimba music. Martha will share some of the hottest dance moves in Harare, and show you how you can incorporate them into your marimba repertoire.

Topic: Chipendani

Topic: Guitar

Fingering Patterns for Mbira Guitar (more)

Teachers: Joel Laviolette

Cost: $21.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Advanced Beginner Advanced Beginner

Topics: Guitar

Session Length
Session 7 (Sun 1:00 PM) 1.5 hours

This is an introductory class to mbira-style guitar music; students should have at least two years of guitar experience. We will work on how to find the chords in mbira music when on guitar. Students are highly encouraged to begin practicing in advance by watching my youtube videos here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hxMxkQx52xY