Workshop List

All of the workshops that are available at the 2011 Zimbabwean Music Festival are listed on this page by topic. You may jump to a particular topic by clicking on the links below:

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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.

Workshops by Topic

Children

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Beginning Dance & Singing for Children - Gumboot Dance (more)

Teachers: Ted Wright

Cost: By donation

Age Levels: Children

Skill Levels: Introductory/Beginner

Topics: Children, Singing, Dance

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

This workshop will introduce Gumboot dancing, including singing while dancing. The students will perform the dance and song with Lucky on the evening concert stage.


Intro/Beg. Marimba for children (ages 9 and up) - Tangira and Chikokoma (more)

Teachers: Jeremy Phillips

Cost: $28.00

Age Levels: Children

Skill Levels: Introductory/Beginner

Topics: Children, Marimba

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

This workshop teaches two original marimba pieces that integrate creative movement activities and games to build mallet technique, rhythmic repertoire common to Zimbabwean marimba and a basic understanding of chord structure. No prior experience required.


Advanced Beginning Marimba for Children & Youth - Gandanga and Pata Pata (more)

Teachers: Jeremy Phillips

Cost: $28.00

Age Levels: Children, Teens

Skill Levels: Advanced Beginner

Topics: Children, Marimba

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

This workshop expands the young student's repertoire by teaching simplified versions of Gandanga, a traditional song, and the joyous Pata Pata, by Miriam Mekeba and Jerry Rogova, as recorded on "Alive" by Zimba Marimba. Students will learn to develop beginning lead solo playing and be introduced to four-five part pieces with multiple sections.


Beginning Drumming - Drumming with Children (more)

Teachers: Peacheson Ngoshi

Cost: $21.00

Age Levels: Children, Adults

Skill Levels: Introductory/Beginner

Topics: Children, Drumming, Music Educator

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

This workshop showcases Peacheson's delightful teaching style with children as he engages them in simple rhythm and movement steps before adding drums. He'll introduce kids to drumming cross rhythms, and the importance of listening to one another. This workshop is also for parents and teachers who wish to teach drumming to their children.


Children's Games - How to Play Nhodo (more)

Teachers: Piwai

Cost: $21.00

Age Levels: Any age

Skill Levels: Any skill level

Topics: Children

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

This workshop will teach a traditional Shona counting game that is played by young girls in Zimbabwe, although boys may play it as well. The game is played on the ground by drawing circles and using stones for tossing. This game is good for dexterity and eye-hand coordination as well as improving the ability to count in multiples. Students will also learn one or two songs that are game related. Adults are welcome.

Presentations

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Presentation - Marimba as Therapy (more)

Teachers: Jaiaen Beck

Cost: $21.00

Age Levels: Any age

Skill Levels: Any skill level

Topics: Presentations

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

This workshop is for anyone excited by the idea that stress, depression, dyslexia, PTSD and other challenges can all be helped with percussive intervention. The discussion will explore the ways that the marimba ensemble as well as individual marimba study can be a catalyst for healing. Ideas for using Shona style songs and pieces on marimbas as an adjunct to other therapeutic approaches to healing will also be discussed.


Presentation - A Social and Acoustic History of the Kwanongoma Marimba in Zimbabwe (more)

Teachers: Claire Jones

Cost: $21.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Any skill level

Topics: Presentations, Music Educator

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

The Kwanongoma marimbas have become part of the cultural landscape in Zimbabwe since being introduced as a potential "national" instrument in the early 1960's. The discussion will provide a brief history of the spread and development of the instruments---how, for what purposes and by whom they were spread---accompanied by numerous musical examples. This presentation is drawn from Claire's doctoral dissertation, "From Schoolboy Stuff to Professional Musicianship: The Modern Tradition of the Zimbabwean Marimbas" (2006).


Presentation - Insight into Ancient Ways Rural Zimbabwe Success (more)

Teachers: Jaiaen Beck

Cost: $21.00

Age Levels: Any age

Skill Levels: Any skill level

Topics: Presentations

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

Learn about Ancient Ways outreach in Zimbabwe through both the Nhimbe for Progress project in Mhondoro and the Jangano project in Dewedzo. Ancient Ways, now in its 12th year in the rural areas of Zimbabwe, shares the work in progress and how the success of every piece has directly hinged on the relationship to those with humanitarian hearts. The pieces of the puzzle are forged with each of our passions.


Presentation - Importance of Ancestral Spirits in Shona Culture (more)

Teachers: Patience Chaitezvi

Cost: $21.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Any skill level

Topics: Presentations

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

This presentation will show why ancestral spirits are so important in Zimbabwean culture. Discussion topics will include the roles that the ancestors play in people’s lives, and how this compares with Christianity in Zimbabwe.


Presentation - Spiritualism as it Relates to Mbira Music (more)

Teachers: Piwai

Cost: $21.00

Age Levels: Any age

Skill Levels: Any skill level

Topics: Presentations

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

The presenter will discuss Shona spiritualism as it relates to music. In addition, religion in Shona culture and the combination of different forms of belief (i.e. Christianity, Islam and Judaism) along with traditional values will be discussed.

Marimba

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Intermediate Marimba - Pamuromo Pa Haruna (more)

Teachers: Mandy Walker-LaFollette

Cost: $28.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Intermediate

Topics: Marimba

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

This workshop teaches Mandy's arrangement of this song, which was inspired by her hearing it on Chiwoniso Maraire's album, "Rebel Woman". The arrangement includes a back-and-forth between two sets of instruments similar to the song's structure on Chiwoniso's album. If there is interest, singing will also be taught. This workshop will be taught on marimbas with no F#s. You may listen to a sound file of this arrangement through a link on this [website](http://www.marimbaworks.com/mandy/).


Advanced Beginning Marimba - Zvibaro (Numbers) (more)

Teachers: Tendai Muparutsa

Cost: By donation

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Advanced Beginner

Topics: Marimba

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

This workshop, an original composition from 2010, is a typical traditional contemporary song.


Intermediate Teens Marimba - Kamba (more)

Teachers: Mandy Walker-LaFollette

Cost: $28.00

Age Levels: Teens

Skill Levels: Intermediate

Topics: Marimba

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

This workshop teaches Kamba, a song Mandy and her mom Wanda wrote when Craig (Mandy's dad) asked them to try out a new tenor he made. It's an upbeat song with a snazzy arrangement, and its name is meant to resemble how Kamba the tortoise thinks of herself with every thoughtful step. This workshop will be taught on marimbas with no F#s. You may listen to a sound file of this arrangement through a link on this [website](http://www.marimbaworks.com/mandy/).


Intermediate Marimba - Chigwaya (more)

Teachers: Jennifer Kyker Bangoura

Cost: $28.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Intermediate

Topics: Marimba

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

Originally a chidzimba hunting song, Chigwaya is often also played on mbira and marimba. The class will learn a fun version for marimba, including ensemble parts, lead lines, and call-and-response singing.


Intermediate Marimba - Malaika (more)

Teachers: John Mambira

Cost: $28.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Intermediate

Topics: Marimba

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

This beautiful love song, arranged by Bongo Love, is a very fun marimba piece. With its Cuban flair, it's great for dancing! Singing will also be taught if there is time.


Advanced Teens Marimba - Bad Romance (more)

Teachers: Eric Miller

Cost: $28.00

Age Levels: Teens

Skill Levels: Advanced

Topics: Marimba

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

This workshop is for students who want to expand their playing beyond music composed by Zimbabweans and played in Zimbabwe. The teacher arranged this song from Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance"; it's a pretty cool song to put to the wood.


Advanced Marimba Teachers - Two or Three Beginning Marimba Songs for Music Teachers (more)

Teachers: Kite Giedraitis

Cost: $28.00

Age Levels: Adults

Skill Levels: Advanced

Topics: Marimba, Music Educator

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

This workshop will teach two or three beginning songs for marimba instructors to share with their students. The songs will be chosen at the workshop so that everyone will learn something new. This workshop will be taught on marimbas with no F#s.


Intro/Beginning Marimba - Nyungwe (more)

Teachers: Jaiaen Beck

Cost: $28.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Introductory/Beginner

Topics: Marimba

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

This workshop will teach a basic call-and-response piece written by Dumisani Maraire. All the parts of the song, how they fit together and the hosho pattern will be taught, as well as how to be in a marimba ensemble. If time allows, the drumming to this song will also be taught. This workshop will be taught on marimbas with no F#s.


Advanced Marimba - Chipindura (more)

Teachers: Nathan Beck

Cost: $35.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Advanced

Topics: Marimba

Session Length
Session 5 (Sat 1:00 PM) 2.5 hours

This arrangement of the traditional mbira piece, Chipindura, was inspired by Forward Kwenda and Ambuya Dyoko and will challenge marimba players with its interlocking parts and breaks. The workshop will explore the part relationships in depth and focus on groove first, then variation if time permits. Basic singing lines will also be taught.


Advanced Marimba - Mhondoro (more)

Teachers: John Mambira

Cost: $28.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Advanced

Topics: Marimba

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

This is a Bongo Love arrangement of a popular marimba song that is about the Lion Spirit. The Shona people possess the lion spirit when they pray for rain in traditional ceremonies. Singing will also be taught if there is time.


Marimba Teachers - Learning Marimba from the Wee World of Six-year-olds (more)

Teachers: Jaiaen Beck

Cost: $21.00

Age Levels: Adults

Skill Levels: Any skill level

Topics: Marimba, Music Educator

Session Length
Session 1 (Fri 9:30 AM) 1.5 hours

This workshop is for teachers interested in working with smaller children. The six-year-old population provides another vantage point for exploring Zimbabwe and marimba music. The approach is based on classes taught in Albany and Corvallis, and inspired by experiences with the Nhimbe for Progress preschool in Zimbabwe. This workshop is appropriate for music educators, community marimba teachers and parents.


Intermediate Teens Marimba - Sekuru Joe (more)

Teachers: Hokoyo

Cost: $28.00

Age Levels: Teens

Skill Levels: Intermediate

Topics: Marimba

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

This workshop is a Dumisani Maraire composition about the town drunk, who just happens to be your uncle Joe. The song has many rhythmic variations and is played fast!


Intro/Beginning Marimba - Kgopotso (more)

Teachers: Jaiaen Beck

Cost: $28.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Introductory/Beginner

Topics: Marimba

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

This workshop will teach a fun beginning marimba song, written by Godfrey Ntatisi, arranged by Dumisani Maraire and taught for many years under the name "Chiradza 1". All the song parts and the hosho pattern will be taught, as well as drumming if time allows. The goal of the workshop is to relax and enjoy the ensemble experience while learning many skills.


Intensive: Intermediate Marimba (Intensive) - Pipoca - The Popcorn song (more)

Teachers: Claire Jones

Cost: $56.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Intermediate

Topics: Marimba

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

This song is a composition by the teacher that was inspired by a Mozambican nyunga nyunga panpipe song. Parts for seven marimbas will be taught. Each part is relatively simple; the challenge is to fit them together!


Advanced Beginning Marimba - Nhemamusasa for Orchestra (more)

Teachers: Chiroto

Cost: $28.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Advanced Beginner

Topics: Marimba

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

This workshop is Chiroto's version of Nhemamusasa that was arranged by Tendai Muparutsa for marimba, mbira, flute, trumpet, harp, banjo and other instruments. The mbira tunings used in the workshop are dzavadzimu G tuning mbira and nyunga nyunga F tuning.


Advanced Beginning Marimba - Zendakaiwa (more)

Teachers: The Sissons

Cost: $28.00

Age Levels: Any age

Skill Levels: Advanced Beginner

Topics: Marimba

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

Zendakaiwa is an upbeat song about a groom who is unhappy with the wedding preparations. Students will learn the bouncy high and low soprano parts, running tenor bass and baritone. This arrangement was originally learned from Carl Heller.


Intermediate Marimba for Teachers - Marimbas Just for Fun (more)

Teachers: Maria Minnaar-Bailey

Cost: $28.00

Age Levels: Adults

Skill Levels: Intermediate

Topics: Marimba, Music Educator

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

This workshop will explore another Zimbabwean marimba tradition, which is as old as the instrument itself: picking out popular tunes from the radio and arranging them for marimbas. Songs taught in this workshop will be "Jamaica Farewell" and also a jazzy version of "When the Saints". Techniques will be taught for how to arrange popular songs on marimba. If there is time, "Under African Skies" by Paul Simon will be taught.


Intensive: Advanced Marimba (Intensive) - Taireva (more)

Teachers: Randy McIntosh

Cost: $56.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Advanced

Topics: Marimba

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

Taireva is a "must-know" for any serious Zimbabwean music enthusiast. This version of Taireva was inspired by both the mbira and the teacher's study of the song over many years with various Zimbabwean teachers. This typical McIntosh arrangement will stretch even the most competent marimba players with challenging parts, complex arrangement and syncopated breaks.


Intensive: Advanced Beginning Marimba (Intensive) - Buka Tiende (more)

Teachers: Kurai Blessing Mubaiwa

Cost: By donation

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Advanced Beginner

Topics: Marimba

Session Length
Session 6 (Sat 3:30 PM) 2 hours
Session 7 (Sun 1:00 PM) 2 hours

This song, also known as mukai tiende, is a deep, trance-like mbira song. The teacher arranged this for marimba and developed a series of variations for the tenor, soprano, baritone and bass.


Intermediate Marimba & Singing - Shosholoza (more)

Teachers: Maria Minnaar-Bailey

Cost: $28.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Intermediate

Topics: Marimba, Singing

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

This workshop is both marimba and four-part choral singing, and is a traditional South African song that the teacher learned as a teenager in Zimbabwe. The marimba arrangement is from Peter Swing, and the choral arrangement is from the teacher's late father. The workshop teaches marimba and singing so that half the students will play while the other half sings---then both will swap.


Intermediate Marimba - Kuyaura Kwangu (more)

Teachers: Jeff Brahe

Cost: $28.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Intermediate

Topics: Marimba

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

This workshop will teach a cool version of Shumba that is played by the teachers’s band in Zimbabwe. All parts will be taught.


Intermediate Marimba - Chigwaya (more)

Teachers: Randy McIntosh

Cost: $28.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Intermediate

Topics: Marimba

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

Chigwaya is a fun, upbeat, two-phrase mbira song. This arrangement is based on Sheasby Matiure's nyunga nyunga mbira parts and singing. It includes a funky rhythmic timeline that students will find challenging!


Intensive: Advanced Marimba (Intensive) - Marenje (more)

Teachers: Zivanai Masango

Cost: $56.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Advanced

Topics: Marimba

Session Length
Session 5 (Sat 1:00 PM) 2 hours
Session 7 (Sun 1:00 PM) 2 hours

This workshop will teach an adaptation of the mbira song, "Marenje", onto marimbas. Emphasis will be on understanding the subtleties of the counter rhythms, which make everything flow into a cohesive unit of sound.


Intensive: Intermediate Marimba (Intensive) - Mhondoro (more)

Teachers: Randy McIntosh

Cost: $56.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Intermediate

Topics: Marimba

Session Length
Session 1 (Fri 9:30 AM) 2 hours
Session 2 (Fri 1:00 PM) 2 hours

This version of Mhondoro was inspired by many of the Zimbabwean marimba teachers who have taught at Kutandara Center in Boulder over the last few years: Bongo Love; Mawungira Enharira; Sheasby Matiure; Tendai Muparutsa and Zivanai Masango. The arrangement carries the signature McIntosh style!


Intensive: Advanced Beginning Marimba & Singing (Intensive) - Mabvuku Tafara (more)

Teachers: Kurai Blessing Mubaiwa

Cost: By donation

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Advanced Beginner

Topics: Marimba, Singing

Session Length
Session 1 (Fri 9:30 AM) 2 hours
Session 3 (Fri 3:30 PM) 2 hours

Mabvuku Tafara is named after two old, high-density suburbs of Harare. The teacher wrote and played this song on mbira for many years before arranging it for marimba. The song was inspired by East African guitar music being played in the 1970's, and has a young and funky sound. Students will have a chance to groove on a rhumba type beat on marimba.


Intermediate Marimba - Taireva (more)

Teachers: Kurai Blessing Mubaiwa

Cost: By donation

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Intermediate

Topics: Marimba

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

The teacher's arrangement of this traditional mbira song on marimba splits and weaves parts into an evocative, timeless song. The piece may be played differently---depending on the background of the students---but the emphasis will be from the teacher's Murehwa background.


Intermediate Marimba - Jocho (more)

Teachers: Sheree Seretse

Cost: $28.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Intermediate

Topics: Marimba

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

Jocho is a female's name, and this lively song was arranged and adapted from a 70's Zimbabwean contemporary song by Dumisani Maraire Sr. It is a multi-part piece that starts slowly and progressively picks up speed.


Advanced beginning Marimba - Nedondo (In the Forest) (more)

Teachers: Ruzivo

Cost: $28.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Advanced Beginner

Topics: Marimba

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

This workshop is Paul Mataruse's arrangement of a traditional Mhande-rhythm song involving a man who feels forsaken by his family, and consequently wanders the forest, singing this song.


Intermediate Marimba - Yeukai (Remember) (more)

Teachers: Ruzivo

Cost: $28.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Intermediate

Topics: Marimba

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

The message of this intricate song is to remember who we are, and not compromise our beliefs to please other people.


Intermediate Marimba - Vatorwa (Strangers in a Dream) (more)

Teachers: Ruzivo

Cost: $28.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Intermediate

Topics: Marimba

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

This song is a heartbreaking story of two people who meet in their dreams, but come to realize that in real life, their love is not as strong.


Intermediate Marimba - Shauri Yako (It's your problem) (more)

Teachers: Ruzivo

Cost: $28.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Intermediate

Topics: Marimba

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

This fun and lively song, arranged by Paul Mataruse and composed by Nguashi Ntimbo of the famed Orchestra Super Mazembe, tells the story of a young man who---when met with disapproval by his girlfriend's father---tells him it's his problem if he doesn't like him dating his daughter.


Advanced Beginning Marimba - Sarura Wako (more)

Teachers: Amy Stewart McIntosh

Cost: $28.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Advanced Beginner

Topics: Marimba

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

This workshop is based on Sheasby Matiure's nyunga nyunga mbira version of the song, and is a great piece for students who have already learned a few songs. Clapping patterns, running lines and singing will also be taught, time permitting.


Intro/Beg. Marimba for children (ages 9 and up) - Tangira and Chikokoma (more)

Teachers: Jeremy Phillips

Cost: $28.00

Age Levels: Children

Skill Levels: Introductory/Beginner

Topics: Children, Marimba

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

This workshop teaches two original marimba pieces that integrate creative movement activities and games to build mallet technique, rhythmic repertoire common to Zimbabwean marimba and a basic understanding of chord structure. No prior experience required.


Advanced Beginning Marimba for Children & Youth - Gandanga and Pata Pata (more)

Teachers: Jeremy Phillips

Cost: $28.00

Age Levels: Children, Teens

Skill Levels: Advanced Beginner

Topics: Children, Marimba

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

This workshop expands the young student's repertoire by teaching simplified versions of Gandanga, a traditional song, and the joyous Pata Pata, by Miriam Mekeba and Jerry Rogova, as recorded on "Alive" by Zimba Marimba. Students will learn to develop beginning lead solo playing and be introduced to four-five part pieces with multiple sections.


Advanced Marimba - Mbavarira (more)

Teachers: Peter Swing

Cost: $35.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Advanced

Topics: Marimba

Session Length
Session 8 (Sun 3:30 PM) 2.5 hours

Students will plunge into this sweet, spellbinding song, arranged for marimba by Peter Swing from the traditional mbira piece.


Advanced Teens Marimba - Kuyaura (more)

Teachers: West Ave Crew

Cost: $28.00

Age Levels: Teens

Skill Levels: Advanced

Topics: Marimba

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

An original piece first sung by Thomas Mapfumo in 1974, this song means "suffering", and speaks of the hardships experienced by local Rhodesians before the Second Chimurenga War. Both the arrangement and the accompanying lyrics are dark and forceful. Students will learn a variety of mbira style parts.


Advanced Beginning Marimba - Beginning Improvisation (more)

Teachers: West Ave Crew

Cost: $28.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Advanced Beginner

Topics: Marimba

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

This workshop will explore improvisation at the group level, which requires several individuals playing steady foundational parts and other individuals improvising over that foundation. Students will have the opportunity to do both. The goal of the workshop is to learn how to create new music as a community.


Singing - Singing for Marimba Players (more)

Teachers: Karin Tauscher

Cost: $21.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Any skill level

Topics: Marimba, Singing

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

Learn how to add to the variety and texture of your marimba repertoire by including singing! Students will learn vocals for several commonly played tunes. Specific song choices will be determined according to class needs, but could include Isu Tauya Pano, Chemwanyera, Taireva, Chemutengure, Nhemamusasa or Mhondoro.


Intro/Beg. Marimba - Kamba (more)

Teachers: Mandy Walker-LaFollette

Cost: $28.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Introductory/Beginner

Topics: Marimba

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

This workshop is a slightly less complicated version of Mandy's original Kamba arrangement. You may listen to a sound file of this arrangement through a link on this [website](http://www.marimbaworks.com/mandy/).


Advanced Beginning Marimba - Nzwisiso (more)

Teachers: Zivanai Masango

Cost: $28.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Advanced Beginner

Topics: Marimba

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

This workshop will teach how to dissect components of various typical Zimbabwean and Southern African songs in order to understand, internalize and "feel" how the rhythms work with the harmonies of the music. The goal is for players to be able to play "in the pocket", improvise and generally sound better, while being able to move freely and confidently in the music.


Intro/Beg. Marimba - Kukaiwa (more)

Teachers: The Sissons

Cost: $28.00

Age Levels: Any age

Skill Levels: Introductory/Beginner

Topics: Marimba

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

This song, composed by Dumisani Maraire, is often the first piece learned on marimba. The name means "to be bothered". Students will learn basic chords, baritone and bass lines, plus variations if time permits.


Intermediate Marimba - Kumusha (more)

Teachers: Peter Swing

Cost: $35.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Intermediate

Topics: Marimba

Session Length
Session 3 (Fri 3:30 PM) 2.5 hours

Peter learned this enchanting song from Chartwell Dutiro, and arranged it for marimba. Chanting---which celebrates the return to one's home village---will be taught and combined with marimba.


Intro./Beg. Marimba - Muchongoyo 1 (more)

Teachers: Peter Swing

Cost: $28.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Introductory/Beginner

Topics: Marimba

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

This upbeat, original composition explores the muchongoyo beat and fundamentals of the marimba keyboard. Basic musical concepts necessary for understanding southern African marimba music will be covered.


Intermediate Marimba - Nhemamusasa Ye Kutanga (more)

Teachers: Wanda Walker

Cost: $28.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Intermediate

Topics: Marimba

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

This workshop teaches a marimba arrangement based on mbira parts taught by Cosmas Magaya. The arrangement begins with a call and response from one side of the ensemble to the other, with two sopranos and a tenor providing a trio on each side speaking back and forth to one another. Wanda feels the swirling of the song is like being "inside the head" of a mbira player during a bira (ceremony). This arrangement is in the key of C. This workshop will be taught on marimbas without F#s. You may listen to a sound file of a somewhat more advanced version of the arrangement through a link on this [webpage](http://www.marimbaworks.com/WWalker/).


Intro/Beginning Marimba - Tondori (more)

Teachers: Amy Stewart McIntosh

Cost: $28.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Introductory/Beginner

Topics: Marimba

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

This workshop is based on Sheasby Matiure's nyunga nyunga mbira version of the song. The arrangement is by the teacher, and is a great beginner piece to add to your repertoire.


Intermediate Marimba - Qongqothwane (The Cockroach-Click Song) (more)

Teachers: Nathan Beck

Cost: $28.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Intermediate

Topics: Marimba

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

This song was made famous by the great Miriam Makeba, and this version is a great marimba piece that gets people groovin' and dancing. The arrangement, inspired by the work of Miriam Makeba and Amapondo, will be taught in its entirety.


Beginning Marimba - Hwahwa (more)

Teachers: Tendai Muparutsa

Cost: By donation

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Introductory/Beginner

Topics: Marimba

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

This is a township music style arrangement of a song by the now defunct Epworth Theatrical Strutters of the 1960's. The song was learned from Pepukai Mudzingwa at the Zimbabwean College of Music; the arrangement will be taught for marimba players at the beginning level.

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Intermediate Mbira - Taireva yekare (more)

Teachers: Caution Shonhai

Cost: $28.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Intermediate

Topics: Mbira

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

This workshop teaches Taireva yekare, a traditional mbira piece called by many names: "the old Taireva", Taireva Yekare, Taireva yepasi, Taireva Gorekore and Taireva yaasiya mwana kumakura.


Advanced Mbira - Chakwi (more)

Teachers: Caution Shonhai

Cost: $28.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Advanced

Topics: Mbira

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

This workshop teaches the unique Shonhai version of this beautiful traditional mbira piece. This version is for advanced players only because neither the kushaura or kutsinhira bass line is on the beat! Chakwi means "duck", and "the sound of walking through a marsh" (as a duck does).


Intermediate Mbira - Nhemamusasa Variations (more)

Teachers: Forward Kwenda

Cost: By donation

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Intermediate

Topics: Mbira

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

This workshop will introduce special variations on Nhemamusasa to those who already know the basic kushaura and kutsinhira parts. The workshop will be taught on Standard (Cosmas) tuning.


Advanced Mbira - Taireva Variations (more)

Teachers: Forward Kwenda

Cost: By donation

Age Levels: Adults

Skill Levels: Advanced

Topics: Mbira

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

Learn kushaura and kutsinhira variations to Taireva ("We used to tell you"). Forward has many unique styles of playing this piece, so you will learn something new, no matter how many versions you know. The workshop will be taught in Standard (Cosmas) tuning.


Intro/Beginning Mbira - Karigamombe (more)

Teachers: Patience Chaitezvi

Cost: $28.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Introductory/Beginner

Topics: Mbira

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

Karigamombe, a victory song, is a song taught to beginning mbira students, and it is also very powerful in Zimbabwean culture. The literal meaning is “one who overpowers a bull”. In Zimbabwe, it is usually played for ancient spirits, and everyone joins in the singing, which shows the significance of the song. The workshop will be taught in Standard (Cosmas) Nyamaropa tuning.


TLC for your Mbira - Tuning and Maintenance (more)

Teachers: Claire Jones

Cost: $21.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Any skill level

Topics: Mbira

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

This workshop is for mbira owners who want guidance in taking loving care of their instruments. The teacher---who formerly tuned mbiras for Mhuri Yekwa Muchena in Zimbabwe---will give pointers on tuning, improving the sound of the mbira keys and maintaining the appearance and functionality of the buzzers and gwariva (soundboard). There will be a discussion and demonstration of all the tools necessary for tuning mbiras. Bring your questions and your mbiras that need tweaking.


Advanced Mbira - Kambiri Kaenda (more)

Teachers: Patience Chaitezvi

Cost: $28.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Advanced

Topics: Mbira

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

The name of this song means someone who is popular and famous for something. The workshop will be taught in Standard (Cosmas) Nyamaropa tuning.


Intermediate Mbira - Karinga Hore (more)

Teachers: Jacob Mafuleni

Cost: $28.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Intermediate

Topics: Mbira

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

Karinga is to look, and hore is a cloud. When people in Zimbabwe are looking forward to better times, they look towards the clouds, hoping for rain. This song is played in many parts of Zimbabwe, including Mhondoro and Chihota. Both kushaura and kutsinhira parts will be taught in Cosmas (Standard) tuning.


Beginning Mbira - Chigwaya (more)

Teachers: Jacob Mafuleni

Cost: $28.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Introductory/Beginner

Topics: Mbira

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

This powerful song is played in all parts of Zimbabwe. The belief is that the water spirits, through possession, help to guide and give answers to the people. The workshop will teach the basic call and response mbira parts and---time permitting---the singing lines. Cosmas (Standard) mbira tuning will be used.


Advanced Mbira - Nyamaropa yevana vamushonga (more)

Teachers: James Mujuru

Cost: By donation

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Advanced

Topics: Mbira

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

This song is a nyamaropa version from the Mujuru family. It means the song of Mushonga's children, and was played by Muchatera Mujuru on the Soul of Mbira CD. The song will be taught in Dambatsoko tuning.


Intermediate Mbira - Madzinza (more)

Teachers: Tonderai Ndava

Cost: $28.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Intermediate

Topics: Mbira

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

This workshop explores a song that honors all totems and spirits across Zimbabwe, and is meant to evoke a sense of pride in Zimbabwe's immensely diverse cultural tapestry. The workshop will focus on kushaura parts and---time permitting---transition to kutsinhira parts.


Advanced Beginning Mbira (nyunga nyunga) - Explorations Level 2 (more)

Teachers: Tendai Muparutsa

Cost: By donation

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Advanced Beginner

Topics: Mbira

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

This workshop is for students who have learned several nyunga nyunga songs. Taireva will be taught with three parts: nheketo/kushaura, kutsinhira and mazembera (bass). Time permitting, the singing will also be taught.


Advanced Beginning Mbira - Nhema Musasa Third Part (more)

Teachers: Erica Azim

Cost: $28.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Advanced Beginner

Topics: Mbira

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

This workshop will teach a third part that students can play when others are playing kushaura and kutsinhira. The song will be taught as it was learned from Friday Chamunorwa of Mhondoro, Zimbabwe.


Beginning Mbira (Nyunga nyunga) - Explorations Level 1 (more)

Teachers: Tendai Muparutsa

Cost: By donation

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Introductory/Beginner

Topics: Mbira

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

This workshop is for beginning and advanced beginning nyunga nyunga mbira players. The song for the workshop is Unga Utete, and the teacher learned it at the Zimbabwe School of Music. This is a perfect song for delving into the Shona chordal sequence and progressions.


Advanced Beginning Mbira - Bangidza (Katakata) (more)

Teachers: James Mujuru

Cost: By donation

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Advanced Beginner

Topics: Mbira

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

This song is a version of Bangidza that is from the Chiota area of Zimbabwe. The name Katakata means "climbing". A kushaura part will be taught and, time permitting, a kutsinhira part as well. The song will be taught on Standard (Cosmas) tuning.


Adv Beg. Mbira - Mahororo (more)

Teachers: Caution Shonhai

Cost: $28.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Advanced Beginner

Topics: Mbira

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

This workshop teaches one of the most important and ancient Shona traditional mbira pieces.


Intermediate Mbira - Shumba yangwasha/Shumba yemukuwasha (more)

Teachers: Caution Shonhai

Cost: $28.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Intermediate

Topics: Mbira

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

This gorgeous traditional Shona mbira piece references a son-in-law who is strong like a lion, and works very hard.


Adv. Beg. Mbira - Muzoriwa (more)

Teachers: Caution Shonhai

Cost: $28.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Advanced Beginner

Topics: Mbira

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

Enjoy learning Caution's version of Muzoriwa, a traditional mbira piece known by many as "Chigamba".


Advanced Beginning Mbira - Taireva (more)

Teachers: Ted Wright

Cost: By donation

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Advanced Beginner

Topics: Mbira

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

Taireva, or Taiserewa ("We have told you") is another of the 'big' songs at the heart of the mbira dzavadzimu repertoire. A kushaura part will be taught and, time permitting, a kutsinhira part as well. The song will be taught on Standard (Cosmas) tuning.


Beginning Mbira - Machena (more)

Teachers: Erica Azim

Cost: $28.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Introductory/Beginner

Topics: Mbira

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

This workshop will teach the kushaura part to machena (full name, Imbwa Yangu Machena), a song that calls the hunting spirits that help us to get what we need in life. The mbira version of this song was learned from the Shonhai family.


Advanced Beginning Mbira - PaBhasikoro (more)

Teachers: Kurai Blessing Mubaiwa

Cost: By donation

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Advanced Beginner

Topics: Mbira

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

This is a jiti song, usually done with drumming, singing and hosho. The teacher has captured the jiti vibrancy in this original mbira arrangement, which teaches both kushaura and kutsinhira parts, as well as singing. The workshop will be taught in G tuning mbira.


Intro/Beginning Mbira - Mukai tiende (more)

Teachers: Erica Azim

Cost: $28.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Introductory/Beginner

Topics: Mbira

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

This workshop is an introduction into holding and playing mbira. Students will learn the traditional piece, Mukai tiende, which means "Wake up, let's go!" The version of this piece that will be taught is played all over Zimbabwe.


Intermediate Mbira - Mandarendare (more)

Teachers: Patience Chaitezvi

Cost: $28.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Intermediate

Topics: Mbira

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

This song is important to play when there are difficult moments in life. In Zimbabwe, the song is played to ask for help from the ancestors. The workshop will be taught in Mavembe (Gandanga) tuning.


Intermediate Mbira - Mhare (more)

Teachers: Patience Chaitezvi

Cost: $28.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Intermediate

Topics: Mbira

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

The name of this song refers to anyone who excels in a certain discipline---a champion. This version of the song is about an old lady who excels in farming and manages to take care of her family on her own. The workshop will be taught in Mavembe (Gandanga) tuning.


Beginning Mbira (Mavembe/Gandanga) - Ngozi yemuroora (more)

Teachers: Erica Azim

Cost: $28.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Introductory/Beginner

Topics: Mbira

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

This song will be taught on Mavembe/Gandanga tuning mbiras. The name of the piece means "the aggrieved spirit of the daughter-in-law". This version was learned from Tute and Irene Chigamba 20 years ago.


Intermediate Mbira - Karingahore (more)

Teachers: James Mujuru

Cost: By donation

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Intermediate

Topics: Mbira

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

This song was originally learned from Sydney Musarurwa from Mhondoro, who was a friend of the teacher's father. It will be taught in Gandanga (Mavembe) tuning.


Advanced Beginning Mbira - Mukai tiende (more)

Teachers: Ted Wright

Cost: By donation

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Advanced Beginner

Topics: Mbira

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

This song, also known as Bukatiende, means "wake up and let's go" and is one of the "big" songs at the core of traditional mbira dzavadzimu repertoire. Students will learn a running kushaura part and, time permitting, a kutsinhira part as well. The workshop will be taught in Standard (Cosmas) tuning.


Intro/Beginning Mbira - Kariga mombe (more)

Teachers: Erica Azim

Cost: $28.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Introductory/Beginner

Topics: Mbira

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

This workshop is an introduction to holding and playing mbira. Students will learn the traditional first piece, Kariga mombe, which means "undefeatable---one who can throw a bull to the ground".


Intermediate Mbira - Tomutenda Mambo (more)

Teachers: James Mujuru

Cost: By donation

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Intermediate

Topics: Mbira

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

The name of this song means "We thank the chief" and it was originally learned from Musekiwa Chingodza. Both kushaura and kutsinhira parts will be taught as well as additional "kushaura goodies", time permitting. The workshop will be taught in G tuning.

Singing

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Singing & Dancing - South African Choral Dance songs (more)

Teachers: Val Rogers

Cost: $28.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Any skill level

Topics: Singing, Dance, Music Educator

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

This workshop will teach the exciting rhythms, interplay of parts, and languages that make up South African choral music. Movements that go along with the singing will also be taught. Students will learn several songs and also be provided with notation and solfege maps to aid in recreating the songs for teaching at home.


Singing - Ishe Komborera Africa (more)

Teachers: Jennifer Kyker Bangoura

Cost: $28.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Any skill level

Topics: Singing

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

Come learn a classic song from Southern Africa! Zimbabwe's first national anthem, this fun, four-part song can be sung in many languages. We'll work on the Shona version, using Ishe Komborera Africa to improve our pronunciation, vocal tone, sense of rhythmic timing, and ability to sing together as a group. We'll also listen to what other artists have done with this son, exploring possibilities for incorporating marimba, guitar, and other instruments into the mix.


Singing - Mancube (more)

Teachers: John Mambira

Cost: $28.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Any skill level

Topics: Singing

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

This song is about an Ndebele Totem and is a traditional song from the Matabeleland Province of Zimbabwe.


Singing - Bangidza (more)

Teachers: James Mujuru

Cost: $28.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Any skill level

Topics: Singing

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

This song is a popular mbira song played all over Zimbabwe. The workshop will teach lyrics and interlocking vocal parts that mimic the mbira parts.


Singing - Mafuwe Singing (more)

Teachers: Patience Chaitezvi

Cost: $21.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Any skill level

Topics: Singing

Session Length
Session 1 (Fri 9:30 AM) 1.5 hours

Mafuwe songs are rain-making songs which are sung at ceremonies to ask for rain. They are not common in Zimbabwe and it’s a rare opportunity to experience one, as the ceremony is only attended by those who have passed child bearing age. The ceremony is held outside of the village.


Singing - Singing in Shona and Other Languages (more)

Teachers: Piwai

Cost: $28.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Any skill level

Topics: Singing, Language

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

This workshop will teach several songs from the Shona, Ndebele, Swahili and Zulu traditions. Correct pronunciation for each song will be stressed as well as learning some game songs that will help with remembering language and Shona singability.


Singing - Nyarara Kuchema (more)

Teachers: Kurai Blessing Mubaiwa

Cost: By donation

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Any skill level

Topics: Singing

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

Nyarara means "stop crying" or "do not worry". This song is usually sung along with mhande drumming and dance. The workshop will teach various harmonies; hosho and clapping will be used to help establish the rhythm.


Intermediate Singing - Tamba Zumba Nashe - Ndava Kuenda (more)

Teachers: Zivanai Masango

Cost: $28.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Intermediate

Topics: Singing

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

This workshop will teach a medley of songs in the Mhande and Katekwe rhythms. Students will learn the lyrics and singing lines, as well as an understanding of the complex rhythms and how they work together.


Intermediate Marimba & Singing - Shosholoza (more)

Teachers: Maria Minnaar-Bailey

Cost: $28.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Intermediate

Topics: Marimba, Singing

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

This workshop is both marimba and four-part choral singing, and is a traditional South African song that the teacher learned as a teenager in Zimbabwe. The marimba arrangement is from Peter Swing, and the choral arrangement is from the teacher's late father. The workshop teaches marimba and singing so that half the students will play while the other half sings---then both will swap.


Beginning Dance & Singing for Children - Gumboot Dance (more)

Teachers: Ted Wright

Cost: By donation

Age Levels: Children

Skill Levels: Introductory/Beginner

Topics: Children, Singing, Dance

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

This workshop will introduce Gumboot dancing, including singing while dancing. The students will perform the dance and song with Lucky on the evening concert stage.


Intensive: Advanced Beginning Marimba & Singing (Intensive) - Mabvuku Tafara (more)

Teachers: Kurai Blessing Mubaiwa

Cost: By donation

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Advanced Beginner

Topics: Marimba, Singing

Session Length
Session 1 (Fri 9:30 AM) 2 hours
Session 3 (Fri 3:30 PM) 2 hours

Mabvuku Tafara is named after two old, high-density suburbs of Harare. The teacher wrote and played this song on mbira for many years before arranging it for marimba. The song was inspired by East African guitar music being played in the 1970's, and has a young and funky sound. Students will have a chance to groove on a rhumba type beat on marimba.


Drumming & Singing - Vana Vangu Vakura (more)

Teachers: Tonderai Ndava, Peacheson Ngoshi

Cost: $28.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Any skill level

Topics: Singing, Drumming

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

This workshop covers drumming in Mhande style, singing and harmonies taught by Peacheson Ngoshi and Tonderai Ndava. The song is about the challenge of raising a child from birth, and how rewarding it is when the grown child honors the parent.


Singing - Tewera Gweru (more)

Teachers: Tonderai Ndava, Peacheson Ngoshi, Jacob Mafuleni

Cost: $21.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Any skill level

Topics: Singing

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

This song means "Follow me to Gweru"; harmonies will be taught by three of the members of Mbira dzeMuninga (Jacob Mafuleni, Peacheson Ngoshi and Tonderai Ndava). The song is a mbakumba rhythm.


Drumming & Singing - Magora Panyama (Mbakumba genre) (more)

Teachers: Tendai Muparutsa

Cost: By donation

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Any skill level

Topics: Singing, Drumming

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

In this workshop, students will learn the singing and drumming mbakumba style from Southern and Central Zimbabwe. The teacher learned this style from working with community dance groups in Harare.


Drumming/Singing - Kuendambire (more)

Teachers: Peacheson Ngoshi

Cost: $28.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Any skill level

Topics: Singing, Drumming

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

This workshop---sung in harmonies---is based on a traditional song about conquering. Whatever you do and wherever you go, you'll find strength. The traditional Madandanda-rhythm drumming is from Murewa.


Singing - Zumba Ramambo and Tanda Shiri We (more)

Teachers: Caution Shonhai

Cost: $21.00

Age Levels: Any age

Skill Levels: Any skill level

Topics: Singing

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

This workshop teaches joyous traditional songs in Mhemberwa rhythm popular in Mhondoro. Zumba Ramambo means sacred house for spirit ceremonies; Tanda Shiri We tells birds---like eagles---not to steal from us!


Singing - Singing for Marimba Players (more)

Teachers: Karin Tauscher

Cost: $21.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Any skill level

Topics: Marimba, Singing

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

Learn how to add to the variety and texture of your marimba repertoire by including singing! Students will learn vocals for several commonly played tunes. Specific song choices will be determined according to class needs, but could include Isu Tauya Pano, Chemwanyera, Taireva, Chemutengure, Nhemamusasa or Mhondoro.

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Drumming - dzeChinyakare (more)

Teachers: Godfrey Mambira

Cost: $28.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Any skill level

Topics: Drumming

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

This workshop will teach basic Mhande rhythm drumming.


Drumming - Drumming for Mafuwe (more)

Teachers: Patience Chaitezvi

Cost: $28.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Any skill level

Topics: Drumming

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

The name of this song refers to songs that are played and sung when asking for rain. This drumming workshop will teach the rhythms of this particular song; the drums are played with sticks.


Intermediate Drumming - Jiti Drumming (more)

Teachers: Godfrey Mambira

Cost: $28.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Intermediate

Topics: Drumming

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

Jiti is a popular rhythm played all over Zimbabwe. The workshop will teach the drumming techniques of this fun rhythm that is played very fast.


Drumming & Singing - Vana Vangu Vakura (more)

Teachers: Tonderai Ndava, Peacheson Ngoshi

Cost: $28.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Any skill level

Topics: Singing, Drumming

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

This workshop covers drumming in Mhande style, singing and harmonies taught by Peacheson Ngoshi and Tonderai Ndava. The song is about the challenge of raising a child from birth, and how rewarding it is when the grown child honors the parent.


Drumming & Singing - Magora Panyama (Mbakumba genre) (more)

Teachers: Tendai Muparutsa

Cost: By donation

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Any skill level

Topics: Singing, Drumming

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

In this workshop, students will learn the singing and drumming mbakumba style from Southern and Central Zimbabwe. The teacher learned this style from working with community dance groups in Harare.


Drumming/Singing - Kuendambire (more)

Teachers: Peacheson Ngoshi

Cost: $28.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Any skill level

Topics: Singing, Drumming

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

This workshop---sung in harmonies---is based on a traditional song about conquering. Whatever you do and wherever you go, you'll find strength. The traditional Madandanda-rhythm drumming is from Murewa.


Intermediate Drumming - Mhemberwa (more)

Teachers: Caution Shonhai

Cost: $28.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Intermediate

Topics: Drumming

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

This workshop teaches an interesting, traditional drum rhythm that is from Caution's village in Nyamweda, Mhondoro, Zimbabwe.


Intro/Beginning Drumming - Basic Shona drumming (more)

Teachers: Sheree Seretse

Cost: $28.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Introductory/Beginner

Topics: Drumming

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

This workshop explores a number of traditional drumming patterns and techniques, covering basic and cross rhythms such as Shangara, Tsaba, Muchongoyo and Mbakumba. Improvisational techniques will be explored if time permits.


Beginning Drumming - Drumming with Children (more)

Teachers: Peacheson Ngoshi

Cost: $21.00

Age Levels: Children, Adults

Skill Levels: Introductory/Beginner

Topics: Children, Drumming, Music Educator

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

This workshop showcases Peacheson's delightful teaching style with children as he engages them in simple rhythm and movement steps before adding drums. He'll introduce kids to drumming cross rhythms, and the importance of listening to one another. This workshop is also for parents and teachers who wish to teach drumming to their children.

Hosho

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Beginning Hosho - Do Not Fear the Hosho II (they are your friends) (more)

Teachers: MyLinda King

Cost: $21.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Introductory/Beginner, Advanced Beginner

Topics: Hosho

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

This workshop will add to what was learned in Beginning Hosho I. A few tasty variations will be added, as well as learning beginning improvisation.


Beginning Hosho - Do Not Fear the Hosho I (they are your friends) (more)

Teachers: MyLinda King

Cost: $21.00

Age Levels: Any age

Skill Levels: Introductory/Beginner

Topics: Hosho

Session Length
Session 1 (Fri 9:30 AM) 1.5 hours

This workshop will be taught in two separate sessions, teaching the three basic hosho patterns that are played with most marimba and/or mbira songs.


Beginning Hosho - Learning Hosho Basics (more)

Teachers: Jaiaen Beck

Cost: $21.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Introductory/Beginner

Topics: Hosho

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

This workshop teaches basic hosho (gourd shakers) rhythms as a key part of any ensemble, while learning to feel free to express yourself. The basic rhythms of many Zimbabwean songs will be taught including tsaba, muchangoyo, shangara and mbira hosho. Basic techniques and tips for experienced players will also be taught.


Beginning Hosho - Mbira Style Hosho (more)

Teachers: Peacheson Ngoshi

Cost: $28.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Introductory/Beginner

Topics: Hosho

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

This workshop focuses on mbira-style basics for hosho novices, taught by Mbira dzeMuninga's amazing hosho player.


Hosho - Mbira Hosho (more)

Teachers: Jennifer Kyker Bangoura

Cost: $21.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Any skill level

Topics: Hosho

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

This workshop will focus on playing hosho to accompany songs from the mbira repertoire. While designed for beginners, the workshop is also a good opportunity for intermediate players to go back to basics and refresh their hosho techniques. In addition to working on the physical techniques of this hosho rhythm, the role of mbira hosho within an mbira ensemble will be discussed.


Beginning Hosho for Marimba Players (more)

Teachers: Karin Tauscher

Cost: $21.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Introductory/Beginner

Topics: Hosho

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

This workshop will concentrate on helping marimba players gain fluency in Tsaba, Muchongoyo and Mbira hosho, the three styles that are most commonly played with marimbas in the U.S. Students will work on developing technique and a comfortable playing style.


Intermediate Hosho - Variations (more)

Teachers: Peacheson Ngoshi

Cost: $21.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Intermediate

Topics: Hosho

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

This workshop will cover variations to mbira-style hosho as played in Mbira dzeMuninga. Peacheson will show students how to improvise with their hosho, emphasizing both the downbeat and the swoosh.


Intermediate - Dancing with your Hosho (more)

Teachers: Tonderai Ndava

Cost: $21.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Intermediate

Topics: Hosho

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

This fun workshop teaches both basic dance movements that can be done while playing hosho, and some hosho variations.

Language

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Language - Beginning Shona (more)

Teachers: Piwai

Cost: $28.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Any skill level

Topics: Language

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

This workshop will teach how to sight read Shona, build words and learn basic day to day words and phrases. Words relevant to music in Zimbabwe, particularly for mbira and marimba music, will be taught.


Language - More Shona (more)

Teachers: Piwai

Cost: $28.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Any skill level

Topics: Language

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

This workshop will expand beyond simple phrases and words, teach how to fetch words from the Duramazwi (dictionary) and how to make sense of the ambiguous nature of the Shona language.


Singing - Singing in Shona and Other Languages (more)

Teachers: Piwai

Cost: $28.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Any skill level

Topics: Singing, Language

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

This workshop will teach several songs from the Shona, Ndebele, Swahili and Zulu traditions. Correct pronunciation for each song will be stressed as well as learning some game songs that will help with remembering language and Shona singability.

Dance

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Singing & Dancing - South African Choral Dance songs (more)

Teachers: Val Rogers

Cost: $28.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Any skill level

Topics: Singing, Dance, Music Educator

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

This workshop will teach the exciting rhythms, interplay of parts, and languages that make up South African choral music. Movements that go along with the singing will also be taught. Students will learn several songs and also be provided with notation and solfege maps to aid in recreating the songs for teaching at home.


Dance - Isistshikitsha Dance (more)

Teachers: Godfrey Mambira

Cost: $28.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Any skill level

Topics: Dance

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

This workshop will teach a traditional Ndebele Dance.


Intermediate Dance - Sungura Dance (more)

Teachers: Trymore Jombo

Cost: $28.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Intermediate

Topics: Dance

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

Trymore will teach dance moves that go with Sungura music. This style of fast-paced guitar music is very popular in Zimbabwe and is played all over the country.


Dance - Dancing with Leg Rattles (Magavhu) (more)

Teachers: Patience Chaitezvi

Cost: $28.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Any skill level

Topics: Dance

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

This workshop is for any skill level, although not everyone dances with leg rattles. In Zimbabwe, the most talented dancers wear leg rattles. When the music is exciting, those with leg rattles don’t miss an opportunity to jump in and add the rhythmic sound of magavhu to the whole experience.


Dance - Mbira Dance (more)

Teachers: Martha Thom

Cost: $28.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Any skill level

Topics: Dance

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

This workshop will teach the traditional way that both men and women dance when mbira is played in Zimbabwe. The dancers become part of the music and ceremony, and sometimes become possessed by the spirits of their ancestors. Students will get a chance to practice this dance at the evening concerts.


Dance - Jerusalema (more)

Teachers: Jacob Mafuleni, Martha Thom

Cost: $28.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Any skill level

Topics: Dance

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

This joyful dance from the Murehwa district involves men and women dancing together in a ring. The song is accompanied by two drums, singing, and clapping, and is often danced all night long in the moon light.


Beginning Dance & Singing for Children - Gumboot Dance (more)

Teachers: Ted Wright

Cost: By donation

Age Levels: Children

Skill Levels: Introductory/Beginner

Topics: Children, Singing, Dance

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

This workshop will introduce Gumboot dancing, including singing while dancing. The students will perform the dance and song with Lucky on the evening concert stage.


Dance - Gumboot Dance (more)

Teachers: Ted Wright

Cost: By donation

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Any skill level

Topics: Dance

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

This well-known dancing style comes from the mines of Zimbabwe and South Africa. There is no musical accompaniment, but rather the sound of wellington (rubber) boots stomping out the rhythm.


Dance - Mhemberwa Dance (more)

Teachers: Caution Shonhai

Cost: $21.00

Age Levels: Any age

Skill Levels: Any skill level

Topics: Dance

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

Caution loves teaching and dancing this dance in the traditional rhythm of his village in Mhondoro!

Chipendani

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Intro Chipendani - Introduction to Chipendani (more)

Teachers: Ted Wright

Cost: By donation

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Introductory/Beginner

Topics: Chipendani

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

This workshop will teach the basics of playing the Chipendani, a one-string mouth bow from Zimbabwe. Basic techniques in plucking, singing and overtones will be taught for a song from the traditional chipendani repertoire. Some instruments will be provided.

Guitar

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Advanced Beginning Guitar - Traditional Zimbabwean Guitar (more)

Teachers: James Buzuzi

Cost: $28.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Advanced Beginner

Topics: Guitar

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

Learn a traditional Zimbabwean song that has been put to guitar. The song will be chosen from several styles including mbira-based songs.


Intermediate Guitar - Sungura Style (more)

Teachers: James Buzuzi

Cost: $28.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Intermediate

Topics: Guitar

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

An offshoot of Zimbabwean rhumba and jit, sungura is an extremely popular genre of music in Zimbabwe. The rapid-fire guitar features a reggae-style beat. Some vocals will be taught if there is time.


Advanced Guitar - Mbira/Marimba Style Lead Guitar (more)

Teachers: Zivanai Masango

Cost: $21.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Advanced

Topics: Guitar

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

This workshop will teach how to play "singing" lead guitar parts that compliment mbira and marimba music. Students will learn tools for adding to this type of music rather than just playing along.


Intermediate Guitar - Marenje (more)

Teachers: Peter Swing

Cost: $28.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Intermediate

Topics: Guitar

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

Learn a full, finger-picking version of the kushaura portion of this lovely mbira piece. If time allows, students will learn the kutsinhira part and put them together.

Music Educator

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Singing & Dancing - South African Choral Dance songs (more)

Teachers: Val Rogers

Cost: $28.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Any skill level

Topics: Singing, Dance, Music Educator

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

This workshop will teach the exciting rhythms, interplay of parts, and languages that make up South African choral music. Movements that go along with the singing will also be taught. Students will learn several songs and also be provided with notation and solfege maps to aid in recreating the songs for teaching at home.


Presentation - A Social and Acoustic History of the Kwanongoma Marimba in Zimbabwe (more)

Teachers: Claire Jones

Cost: $21.00

Age Levels: Teens, Adults

Skill Levels: Any skill level

Topics: Presentations, Music Educator

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

The Kwanongoma marimbas have become part of the cultural landscape in Zimbabwe since being introduced as a potential "national" instrument in the early 1960's. The discussion will provide a brief history of the spread and development of the instruments---how, for what purposes and by whom they were spread---accompanied by numerous musical examples. This presentation is drawn from Claire's doctoral dissertation, "From Schoolboy Stuff to Professional Musicianship: The Modern Tradition of the Zimbabwean Marimbas" (2006).


Advanced Marimba Teachers - Two or Three Beginning Marimba Songs for Music Teachers (more)

Teachers: Kite Giedraitis

Cost: $28.00

Age Levels: Adults

Skill Levels: Advanced

Topics: Marimba, Music Educator

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

This workshop will teach two or three beginning songs for marimba instructors to share with their students. The songs will be chosen at the workshop so that everyone will learn something new. This workshop will be taught on marimbas with no F#s.


Marimba Teachers - Learning Marimba from the Wee World of Six-year-olds (more)

Teachers: Jaiaen Beck

Cost: $21.00

Age Levels: Adults

Skill Levels: Any skill level

Topics: Marimba, Music Educator

Session Length
Session 1 (Fri 9:30 AM) 1.5 hours

This workshop is for teachers interested in working with smaller children. The six-year-old population provides another vantage point for exploring Zimbabwe and marimba music. The approach is based on classes taught in Albany and Corvallis, and inspired by experiences with the Nhimbe for Progress preschool in Zimbabwe. This workshop is appropriate for music educators, community marimba teachers and parents.


Intermediate Marimba for Teachers - Marimbas Just for Fun (more)

Teachers: Maria Minnaar-Bailey

Cost: $28.00

Age Levels: Adults

Skill Levels: Intermediate

Topics: Marimba, Music Educator

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

This workshop will explore another Zimbabwean marimba tradition, which is as old as the instrument itself: picking out popular tunes from the radio and arranging them for marimbas. Songs taught in this workshop will be "Jamaica Farewell" and also a jazzy version of "When the Saints". Techniques will be taught for how to arrange popular songs on marimba. If there is time, "Under African Skies" by Paul Simon will be taught.


Beginning Drumming - Drumming with Children (more)

Teachers: Peacheson Ngoshi

Cost: $21.00

Age Levels: Children, Adults

Skill Levels: Introductory/Beginner

Topics: Children, Drumming, Music Educator

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

This workshop showcases Peacheson's delightful teaching style with children as he engages them in simple rhythm and movement steps before adding drums. He'll introduce kids to drumming cross rhythms, and the importance of listening to one another. This workshop is also for parents and teachers who wish to teach drumming to their children.