Cosmas Magaya

Cosmas Magaya is an internationally recognized master of the mbira dzaVadzimu. As a performer, mbira teacher and leader of the mbira ensemble, Mhuri yekwaMagaya, he has gained international acclaim for his extraordinary talent as a musician and teacher in the Zimbabwean music traditions.

As a performer, he has completed several international tours with mbira ensembles Mhuri yekwa Rwizi and Zimbabwe Group Leaders Mbira Ensemble, including two in Europe and two in the United States. His performances are featured on a number of critically acclaimed CDs. As an mbira master musician and respected teacher, Cosmas has been invited to teach master classes at top universities in the United States including Stanford, Northwestern and Duke University as well as numerous other universities throughout the U.S. and Canada.

In addition to performing and teaching, Cosmas has, since 1971, collaborated with ethnomusicologist Dr. Paul Berliner, doing field research on Shona traditional music that has resulted in a scholarly book, The Soul of Mbira.

Name Sessions Enrollment
Introductory Mbira- Karigamombe
Mbira: Any age; Introductory/Beginner
Session 4 (Sat 9:30 AM) 10/10 students
Intensive: Advanced Beginning Mbira- Mahororo and Nyamaropa
Mbira: Any age; Advanced Beginner
Session 3 (Fri 3:30 PM), Session 6 (Sat 3:30 PM) 9/10 students
Intermediate Mbira- Bangiza 1
Mbira: Any age; Intermediate
Session 5 (Sat 1:00 PM) 7/10 students
Intermediate Mbira- Bangiza 2
Mbira: Teens, Adults; Intermediate
Session 8 (Sun 3:30 PM) 6/10 students
Presentation- Mutupos/Totemism
Presentations: Any age; Any skill level
Session 7 (Sun 1:00 PM) 21/50 students
Intermediate Mbira- Chandasarira
Mbira: Teens, Adults; Intermediate
Session 1 (Fri 9:30 AM) 9/10 students