Caution Shonhai

Renold and Caution Shonhai are brothers from the Nyamweda region of Mhondoro Communal Area who play mbira in traditional Shona ceremonies. Older brother Caution is the medium of their great-grandfather's spirit, who was a great mbira player. When this spirit comes to Caution, he plays mbira in this ancestor's wonderful style, and younger brother Renold learns it. When the ancestor leaves, Caution does not know what he has played, and Caution now learns it from Renold. The beauty of this mbira style has led their MBIRA CDs to among the most popular.

The Shonhai brothers respect and follow the Shona traditions that their family has followed, generation after generation. They are also fluent in English, and enjoy sharing their music (mbira, singing, drumming, hosho), dance and culture with foreigners as well as Zimbabweans.

Name Sessions Enrollment
Presentation- Our Life Stories: Growing Up With Shona Traditions
Presentations: Any age; Any skill level
Session 6 (Sat 3:30 PM) 20/50 students
Advanced Drumming- Chidzimba
Drumming: Teens, Adults; Advanced
Session 1 (Fri 9:30 AM) 4/20 students
Singing - Chidzimba and Mhemberwa Songs
Singing: Teens, Adults; Intermediate
Session 5 (Sat 1:00 PM) 6/20 students
Advanced Mbira- Nhai Mambo
Mbira: Teens, Adults; Advanced
Session 2 (Fri 1:00 PM) 6/10 students
Advanced Mbira- Dangurangu
Mbira: Teens, Adults; Advanced
Session 7 (Sun 1:00 PM) 10/10 students
Advanced Dance- Chidzimba
Dance: Teens, Adults; Advanced
Session 3 (Fri 3:30 PM) 4/30 students
Advanced Beginning Mbira- Imbwa Yangu Machena
Mbira: Teens, Adults; Advanced Beginner
Session 4 (Sat 9:30 AM) 8/10 students