Zimfest 2016 Teachers

Alphabetical by last name.


Augusten Basa (more)

Augusten Basa grew up in a family of traditional musicians and dancers. He started dancing, playing marimbas and drumming in his aunt Irene Chigamba’s group, the Mhembero Dance Troupe, at a young age, performing traditional Zimbabwean music and dance around Zimbabwe. In 2010 he moved to Oakland, California and started dancing and playing music with his family in the Chinyakare Ensemble. He has performed around the US, as well as accompanying his mother, Julia ...


Jeff Brahe (more)

Jeff Brahe has spent the last 17 years immersing himself in Zimbabwean music, starting with marimba, and gradually adding mbira dzavadzimu, hosho, drumming, matepe mbira, karimba and most recently, dance. Throughout his childhood in Santa Fe, New Mexico, he was exposed regularly to West African, Afro-Haitian, and Congolese music and dance, shaping his tastes and skills through a vibrant pan-African music community. This time culminated in his activities with Ande Marimba, Camp Tumbuka and Chris ...


Julia Chigamba (more)

Julia Tsitsi Chigamba, founder and director or the Chinyakare Ensemble, grew up in the rich cultural traditions of Shona music and dance. She is the daughter of the highly respected gwenyambira, Sekuru Chigamba, and was a longtime member of Mhembero, the Chigamba family dance and mbira ensemble, as well as the National Dance Company of Zimbabwe. Julia came to the US in 1999. Two years later, in Oakland, California, she established the organization Tawanda muChinyakare ...


Kanukai Chigamba (more)

Kanukai Chigamba started dancing at a young age with her family in Harare, Zimbabwe. She learned to dance at biras, all night ceremonies, where she would watch older dancers and learn their moves. Soon, she started dancing with her aunt’s group, the Mhembero Dance Troupe, performing traditional Zimbabwean dance at weddings and local clubs until 2010 when she moved to Oakland, CA. In Oakland, she continued dancing with her family in the group Chinyakare ...


Musekiwa Chingodza (more)

Musekiwa Chingodza was born into a family of great mbira players in Mwangara village, Murewa, Zimbabwe, in 1970. He began playing mbira at the age of five and is self-taught. Through listening to other gwenyambira, or great mbira players, he developed a strong attachment to and love for mbira music. He says, “Our music is both medicine and food, as mbira has the power to heal and to provide for people. Mbira pleases both the ...


Ronnie Daliyo (more)

Ronnie Daliyo is an inspiring and powerful traditional Zimbabwean dancer and musician. He was a principal dancer and musician with Mhembero Dance Troupe in Zimbabwe for 10 years. He has performed and taught around the world, including in Zimbabwe, China, Canada and the United States. Ronnie first came to the San Francisco Bay area in 2005, and returned in 2007 as an artist-in-residence with the Chinyakare Ensemble. He has toured the US and has been ...


Maggie Donahue (more)

Since the early 80s I have been an avid student of Zimbabwean music. In those early days, I studied and performed with Shumba, the first marimba band in Eugene, Oregon. It was my good fortune to learn directly from Dumisani Maraire. His guidance formed the basis of my teaching style and his encouragement led me to found Kutsinhira Cultural Arts Center, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, in Eugene in 1991. Since then, I have ...


Chinyakare Ensemble (more)


Clayton Pasi Gunguwo (more)

Born and raised in Harare, Zimbabwe, Pasi’s marimba music ability started in school when he joined the school marimba band at the age of seven. He has since played marimba professionally around the world, and has directed marimba bands in Zimbabwe, Canada, the United States and Israel. In 1999 he began teaching music to homeless children in Harare where he teamed with the Savannah Arts Centre, a center for music teaching in Harare's ...


Larry Israel (more)

Larry Israel studied and performed with Dumisani Maraire from 1977 to 1982 and was a member of four outstanding Seattle-based marimba ensembles: Dumi and the Maraire Marimba Ensemble (1978-1982), Kutamba (1982-1989), Musango (1990-1995) and Muchadura (1996-1997). He now lives in Santa Cruz, California and plays in Kuzanga Marimba. Larry has taught Zimbabwean marimba since 1986, based primarily on what he learned from Dumi.


Claire Jones (more)

Claire Jones has been involved with Zimbabwean music since 1976 when she first fell in love with the marimbas and started studying with the late Dumisani Maraire. She performed for several years with Dumi and the Maraire Marimba Ensemble both in the U.S. and in Zimbabwe, and was a founding member of the Seattle marimba groups Kutamba and Musango. While living in Zimbabwe from 1985 to 1990 she played mbira with Mhuri Yekwa Muchena ...


Tedd Judd (more)

I learned marimba, nyunga nyunga and a lot about Shona music and culture from Dumisani Maraire. Since then I've played in three bands over 20 years and taught my own bands and others. I've learned from many Zimbabwean teachers at eight Zimfests, from hosting them in our home and also from a trip to Zimbabwe in 1999. Prior to that I have a background in Western classical and folk music and gamelan. I ...


Simba Kamuriwo (more)

Simbarashe Kamuriwo, a native of Zimbabwe, is a graduate student at Houghton College and also serves as the instructor of Simba Marimba, an African marimba ensemble at the Eastman School of Music under the supervision of Dr. Jennifer Kyker. He has obtained a Bachelor of Music degree and a concentration in Spanish at Houghton College. Mr. Kamuriwo is currently in his first year studying choral conducting in the graduate music program at the Greatbatch School ...


Tapiwa Kapurura (more)

Tapiwa and Victoria Kapurura have been married for 18 years. They grew up together in Zimbabwe as great friends before they got married. They have a son, now 17, and twin girls, now 15. In the year 2000, they relocated to the US and settled in Dallas, Texas before they moved to Salem, Oregon. Tapiwa works in the legal field and Victoria is a nurse. As a couple, they treasure family time, music, travel and ...


Victoria Kapurura (more)

Tapiwa and Victoria Kapurura have been married for 18 years. They grew up together in Zimbabwe as great friends before they got married. They have a son, now 17, and twin girls, now 15. In the year 2000, they relocated to the US and settled in Dallas, Texas before they moved to Salem, Oregon. Tapiwa works in the legal field and Victoria is a nurse. As a couple, they treasure family time, music, travel and ...


Mandla Kaunda (more)

I started playing marimba in primary (elementary) school when I was six years old, in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. Being from Bulawayo, the influences on my marimba music extend beyond Shona heritage to include Ndebele music and Western genres like reggae, jazz and pop. I was the captain of my high school marimba band, which I led to the Prince Edward School Invitational in 2001. My school, Founders High School, came out ranked first (professional grade) for ...


MyLinda King (more)

MyLinda started playing piano as a toddler and studied classical piano and music history at the Oberlin Conservatory. After moving to Portland she was swept away by the sounds of the marimba band. In 1989 she joined Boka Marimba and eventually became the band’s musical director and manager. After 10 years she retired from Boka, but has rejoined the band recently. She began teaching marimba in 1995 and enjoys teaching weekly classes in her ...


Patrick Latimer (more)

Patrick grew up in Homer, Alaska and has played Zimbabwean music since he was ten. He joined a local band and subsequently started a youth band that would eventually merge with the first to form Williwaw Marimba, for which he composed, arranged and taught. He's a multi-instrumentalist and enjoys many styles of music, but marimba and Zimbabwean music in general is his main groove. Last year he moved to Albuquerque to study astrophysics and ...


Daniel Lockley (more)

Daniel began playing Zimbabwean music at the age of ten, learning first from his local teachers Steven Golovnin, Peter Swing and Dan Pauli, and later from other visiting artists including Chris Berry, Mike Cox, Cosmas Magaya, Zivanai Masango and Musekiwa Chingodza. After several years of learning, Daniel was ready to perform, playing with every group he could find and eventually touring the country with Jaka Marimba, Stella Chiweshe and the Ande Marimba Band. Finally, having ...


Zivanai Masango (more)

Zivanai Masango is a “musician’s musician.” Although he is primarily one of the most exciting Southern African guitarists, his work as a songwriter, arranger, producer/engineer, music educator and multi-instrumentalist has garnered for him a lot of respect even amongst some of the world’s leading musicians. He has played on some of the world’s most prestigious stages from the Hollywood Bowl to the Blue Note and everything in between, playing with a ...


Clayton Master (more)

My name is Clayton Tendai Master and I was born in Mbare (Harare) Zimbabwe in a family of seven. All of us have something to do with our lovely arts of Zimbabwe. My first experience of teaching came when I was 16 years old, when I taught dancing to schoolchildren between the ages of 10 and 14. Around the same time in 2000 I joined a group called Lions of Zimbabwe. I worked with them ...


Chakaipa Mhembere (more)

I was born in Chegutu, Mhondoro, Zimbabwe, in 1964. My totem is “Shumba.” I started playing mbira when I was four years old. No one taught me how to play; I learned by listening to other mbira players in Mhondoro. When I met Thomas Mapfumo he was living in Zimbabwe and had already gained fame with his albums. It was 1994 and I was working in the industrial areas of Harare and listened to Thomas ...


Lucky Moyo (more)

Singer, song writer who works through the arts to address social issues varying from race relations, cultural awareness, development issues, animation the curriculum and also arts based training.


Kurai Blessing Mubaiwa (more)

Kurai Blessing Mubaiwa was born in 1976 in the village of Mutimbanyoka, in Murewa district, Zimbabwe. With an exceptional interest as a young child he began playing mbira at the age of six. This keen learner watched while his father, uncles and other village elders played mbira in traditional ceremonies, and soon he began his journey as a young child singing, dancing and playing mbira and drums in traditional ceremonies and other village gatherings. In ...


Samuel Mukwedeya (more)

Samuel Mukwedeya is a young guitarist born in the city of Mutare, Zimbabwe who currently lives in Toronto, Canada. As a teenager with a great passion for integrating various musical genres, he picked up the guitar in hopes of emulating the blues-rock and jazz stylings of his musical heroes. However, over the last few years, Samuel has been returning to his musical roots through learning different styles of African guitar playing, in particular the lead ...


Moyo Rainos Mutamba (more)

Moyo Mutamba grew up mostly in the Ndau/Karanga-speaking areas of Zimbabwe, immersed in muchongoyo, maduda and ngororombe drumming and dance. He fell in love with mbira from hearing his great-uncle play at family gatherings and from recordings of Sekuru Gora, Mbuya Chiweshe, Mushawapara and Master Chivero, among others, on ZBC Radio 2. Moyo counts among his teachers internationally celebrated mbira players Mbuya Chiweshe, Forward Kwenda, Garikayi Tirikoti and Alois Mutinhiri. Moyo has just returned ...


Jake Roberts (more)

Jake Roberts first started playing marimba eighteen years ago in a class at Kutsinhira Cultural Arts Center. Several years later, Jake and his classmates founded Hokoyo Marimba, which has performed in Oregon and elsewhere since 2006. Jake has also studied mbira with Cosmas Magaya, Ambuya Beauler Dyoko and Musekiwa Chingodza, and has taught classes at Kutsinhira for several years. Aside from marimba and mbira, he enjoys playing and writing music in a variety of genres.


Joseph Saine (more)

Joseph Saine has been playing Shona mbira music constantly since he began in 2003 as a teenager. His journey of learning, teaching and healing with this music has been incredibly rich and multifaceted. He has been lucky to learn from many masterful mbira players in the United States and Zimbabwe. Some of his teachers have included Caution Shonhai, Fungai Mujuru, Fradreck Mujuru, Patience Chaitezvi Munjeri, Leonard Chiyanike, Petra Siemion, Erica Azim and Claire Jones. He ...


Sheree Seretse (more)

Sheree Seretse began studying with Dumisani Maraire in 1970. In 1973, she began teaching classes with Dumi and Lora Chiorah. Hired in 1978 by Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute to teach and coordinate programs for the Seattle community, Sheree is currently teaching at the Spruce Street School and community classes at Life Enrichment Bookstore, Jaam Rek and Garfield Community Center. Sheree has taught in many academic settings including the Jewish Day School of Bellevue, Giddens ...


Michael Sibanda (more)

Michael Sibanda is a world-touring African marimba composer, arranger, performer and music educator based at St Stithians College in Johannesburg, South Africa. He holds a Music teaching diploma from Kwanongoma College of Music, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe and an Honors Degree (Music Education) from the University of Pretoria, South Africa. Michael is currently the Director of the Marimba Programme at St Stithians College. Michael has more than 28 years of professional experience in training and mentoring marimba ...


Wanda Walker (more)

Wanda Walker has taught marimba at Kutsinhira Cultural Arts Center in Eugene, Oregon since 1999 and privately since 2002. She performs with Kutsinhira marimba ensemble Jenaguru Full Moon Marimba as well as Mudzidzi Mbira. Wanda has studied marimba, mbira, singing, dance, hosho and drum with many Zimbabwean musicians including Cosmas Magaya, Musekiwa Chingodza, Ambuya Beauler Dyoko, Chartwell Dutiro, Sheasby Matiure, Patience Chaitezvi Munjeri and Paul Mataruse. Wanda has arranged several traditional mbira songs for marimba ...


Ted Wright (more)

Ted Wright’s love for Shona music began with Marimba Muzuva in 1993. He has been a teacher of marimba, mbira, chipendani and gumboot dancing for many years, and has travelled to Zimbabwe several times, studying and performing with many of Zimbabwe’s top traditional musicians. In addition to Muzuva, his musical projects have included the world beat improvisational ensemble Spirit Gate, mbira quartet Choto and Zimbabwean roots dance bands Zimfusion and Jambanja. Ted organizes ...