Forward Kwenda

Forward Kwenda

Master musician Forward Kwenda is known as a musical phenomenon in Zimbabwe and as "the Coltrane of mbira" in international circles. A musical prodigy, he began recording shortly after teaching himself to play mbira in his early teens. As a young boy, Forward excelled in traditional dance and recitation of ancient poetry. At the age of 8, he began to play ngoma (drums) and hosho (gourd rattles) for his mother's rain-making spirit. His soulful, virtuoso performances include amazing improvisation, considered a "more ancient" style in Zimbabwe, and he is known for performing solo at ceremonies where two or three musicians are normally required. Kwenda's 1997, 2000, and 2001 U.S. tours were enthusiastically received, and his "Svikiro: Meditation of an Mbira Master" CD on the Shanachie label has been hailed as the best mbira CD to date (NPR - All Things Considered)


Name Sessions Enrollment
Intermediate Mbira - Nhemamusasa Variations
Mbira: Teens, Adults; Intermediate
Session 5 (Sat 1:00 PM) 10/10 students
Advanced Mbira - Taireva Variations
Mbira: Adults; Advanced
Session 4 (Sat 9:30 AM) 10/10 students