Zimfest 2010 Teachers

Alphabetical by last name.

Erica Azim (more)

Erica Azim fell in love with Shona mbira music when she first heard it at the age of 16. In 1974, Erica became one of the first Americans to study mbira in Zimbabwe, and her teachers have included many of Zimbabwe's top mbira masters such as Forward Kwenda, Cosmas Magaya, Mondrek Muchena, Ephat Mujuru, Newton "Matemai" Gwara, Tute & Irene Chigamba, Chris Mhlanga, Luken Pasipamire, Fradreck & Fungai Mujuru, Ambuya Beauler Dyoko, Leonard Chiyanike, Patience Chaitezvi ...


Jaiaen Beck (more)

Jaiaen Beck was introduced to a life-transforming path through a lecture on Shona spirituality given by the late Dr. Abraham Dumisani Maraire. Since 1990 she has worked with many teachers studying Shona music, cosmology, and healing traditions. In 1993 she founded Ancient Ways, which is a charitable non-profit organization that encourages preservation of life-giving traditional ways of indigenous peoples and is based in Oregon's mid-Willamette Valley. Since then, Jaiaen has taught music to people ...


Nathan Beck (more)

Nathan Beck has been a percussionist since high school. He was very involved in drum and bugle corps (Argonauts and Santa Clara Vanguard) in the 1980's. After graduating from Lewis & Clark College in 1992, Nathan joined Boka Marimba. Being taken by the sounds of Zimbabwean music, he spent 18 months traveling and learning the mbira tradition in Zimbabwe. Some of his teachers include Tute Chigamba, Garadziva Chigamba, Garikayi Tirikoti, Wiri Chigonga, Cosmas Magaya, Musekiwa ...


Chris Berry (more)

Chris Berry began his study of African music at the age of 15 and later traveled to Zimbabwe where he lived, worked and studied as a musician for a number of years. Most of his training took place at the Mapira ceremonies. In these ceremonies, he apprenticed with and accompanied his teachers. Today Chris leads the internationally-renown band, Panjea, that uses the mbira as the basis for much of the band’s music.


Michael Breez (more)

Michael Breez, teacher, performer, director and composer, has dedicated 32 years to the study of Shona music from Zimbabwe. With the guidance and support of his mentor, the late Dr. Abraham Dumisani Maraire, Michael has toured several areas of the US. Together they performed in Mozambique and Zimbabwe in the early 80's. In 1991, Michael and his wife Osha, founded the Rufaro School of Marimba, and later the professional performing/recording group Musasa Marimba ...


Julia Chigamba (more)

Julia Tsitsi Chigamba is a master dancer, singer, and instrumentalist from Zimbabwe. She grew up in the rich tradition of generations of dancers and musicians specializing in individual and community ceremonies. Julia's father, Tute Chigamba, is a respected Gwenyambira (mbira master) and her mother, Laiza Chigamba, was a traditional dancer and musician. Julia's sister, Irene Chigamba, was a member of the National Dance Company Of Zimbabwe and founder of Young Zimbabweans. In the ...


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 ...


Lora Chiorah-Dye (more)

Lora Lue Chiorah-Dye, a native of Zimbabwe, has resided in the Pacific Northwest since the seventies, and has been instrumental in the development of the Pacific Northwest African cultural scene since then. She has been captivating American audiences with her cultural presentations which include songs, story telling, music and dance from her native culture, the Shona People. Ms. Chiorah-Dye has been an artist-in-residence with the Washington State Arts in Education Program K-12 for the past ...


Ronnie Daliyo (more)

Ronnie Daliyo was a principal dancer and musician with Mhembero Dance Company for 10 years. He is an inspiring and powerful dancer, marimba player, drummer, and teacher. He has toured the US and has been a workshop instructor in Oakland, at the Zimbabwean Music Festival in Olympia, the Mosaic Men's Retreat in Mendocino, and many other schools and studios across the country. He is a guest performer and teacher with the Chinyakare Ensemble of ...


Matt Gordon (more)

Matt Gordon grew up in Eugene, OR, learning Zimbabwean music at the Kutsinhira Cultural Arts Center and taking guitar lessons. These two musical interests soon merged and Matt immersed himself in Zimbabwean pop and chimurenga styles. Eventually touring with Thomas Mapfumo & the Blacks Unlimited as the bass player, he now resides in Portland, OR where he farms organic vegetables and plays guitar with two Zimbabwean music bands: Loveness Wesa & the Bantus and Pachi Pamwe.


Marian Grebanier (more)

Marian Grebanier has been actively involved with Shona music since 1986 when, with the help of Dumi Maraire, she started the Boka Marimba project in Portland. Studying mbira since 1992, she feels very fortunate and grateful this music has come into her life. Through the years, she has studied with many mbira masters. She lived and studied in Zimbabwe for 6 months in 2001. In 1998, she and Nathan Beck formed Njuzu Mbira which has ...


Pasi Gunguwo (more)

Clayton Pasi Gunguwo is a Zimbabwean marimba player and teacher who has a passion to share traditions and explore contemporary fusions on marimba. Pasi has performed marimba with Feso Music, an afro-beat band that rocked major festivals across Canada. Pasi currently lives in Toronto, teaching and performing marimba.


Claire Jones (more)

Claire Jones has been involved with Zimbabwean music since 1976 when she first fell in love with the marimba 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. She 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 ...


MyLinda King (more)

MyLinda King played with Boka Marimba for 10 years, starting in 1989. During that time she studied with Dumi Maraire, Ephat Mujuru, MaiChi Nemarundwe and Chris Berry. In 1995, she started teaching group marimba classes for adults in her home studio. She now divides her time between this and teaching children in various Portland area schools. She is the founder of Mhembero, A Celebration of Youth Marimba, which is an annual festival bringing together all ...


Jennifer Kyker (more)

Jennifer W. Kyker is a PhD candidate in ethnomusicology at the University of Pennsylvania. Her dissertation explores politics and popular music in post-colonial Zimbabwe through the lens of guitarist and vocalist, Oliver Mtukudzi, whose music touches upon various social issues including diaspora, HIV/AIDS and public health, and gender and women's rights. Jennifer began to play marimba in 1990 and mbira in 1992, and has lived and studied in Zimbabwe for over five years ...


Russ Landers (more)

Russ Landers plays and teaches Zimbabwean traditional music for mbira, chipendani (mouth bow), marimba and ngoma. He grew up in a musical family that sang and played a lot of music together. Introduced to Zimbabwean traditional music in 1983, he has been inspired by many artists both in the US and on extended visits to Zimbabwe. Through these experiences he became passionate about celebrating, strengthening and cultivating the many beautiful cultural traditions around the world ...


Joel Lindstrom (more)

Joel's interest in Zimbabwean music was sparked by hearing Dumi Maraire perform at the WOW Hall in Eugene, Oregon in the late 1980's. It was an evening of amazing energy, with everyone singing together. He started seriously studying marimba in 1991 and then nyunga-nyunga. Joel started teaching marimba in 1994. In early 1993, he was blessed with a then-difficult-to-obtain mbira dzvadzimu when Zimbabwean ethnomusicologist, Keith Goddard, passed through town. He has been studying ...


Cosmas Magaya (more)

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 ...


Paul Mataruse (more)

Paul Mataruse is originally from Bikita, in the southeastern province of Masvingo, Zimbabwe. Paul has been playing marimba since he was a young boy and is known for his complex, beautiful compositions and arrangements. He has taught in schools in and around the Mashonaland, West Province of Zimbabwe, as well as in primary schools in Harare. He is currently living, working and playing marimba in the Seattle area with his band Ruvizo


Amy McIntosh (more)

Amy McIntosh is Kutandara Center's program director in Boulder, Colorado. She teaches marimba, hosho, singing, children’s games and songs and does band management. Amy began studying African music in 1994 with master instructors both from Zimbabwe and the United States. Amy is adept at many African instruments but especially loves marimba and hosho, playing both with style and grace.

Amy comes from a management background, having coordinated many environmental and educational projects for ...


Randy McIntosh (more)

Randy is Kutandara Center's music director. Randy graduated from Colorado State University in 1992 with a bachelor's degree in music, and from the University of Colorado in 1996 with a master's degree in music composition. Randy's love of Zimbabwean music inspired him to write and arrange his own Shona-style compositions. Randy is the Center's composer and musical visionary.

Randy has taught at the University of Colorado, Metropolitan State University, New ...


Eric Miller (more)

Eric Miller became interested in Zimbabwean Music when he moved to Portland, Oregon and first heard Boka Marimba in 1996. At first, he just danced away the night but after a year, he auditioned and started playing in the band. In Boka, Nathan Beck introduced him to mbira and Marian Grebanier gave him a solid foundation in the traditional Shona mbira repertoire. Julia Chigamba, a Zimbabwean singer and dancer moved to Portland in '98 and ...


Lucky Moyo (more)

Lucky Moyo is an arts practitioner, arts lobbyist, event manager, producer, director, singer, songwriter, voice coach and workshop leader. In the past 18 years, Lucky has visited 30 countries and performed for audiences of all sizes. He has shared stages with many mainstream artists and has performed for dignitaries such as Nelson Mandela and Queen Elizabeth II. He has appeared on television programs including Blue Peter and City TV-Toronto and has performed in venues including ...


Kurai Mubaiwa (more)

Kurai Blessing Mubaiwa was born in 1976 in the village of Mutimbanyoka, in Murewa district, Zimbabwe. With an exceptional interest 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. Soon he began his journey as a young child singing, dancing, playing mbira and drums in traditional ceremonies and other village gatherings. In 1994 Kurai moved to Harare where ...


Tendai Muparutsa (more)

Tendai Muparutsa has a National Certificate in Music, a Bachelor of Education degree, a Masters degree in Music Education and is currently working on a PhD in Ethnomusicology. Tendai has taught music in elementary, secondary and univeristy school systems in Zimbabwe. His duties included designing and implementing curriculum for classes in choral work, marimba, music theory, mbira, dance and percussion. Tendai has taught similar content here in North America with the primary focus being skills ...


Val Rogers (more)

Val Rogers is a teacher and passionate organizer, working to expand and enrich the community singing experience. After 15 years leading community choirs, Val recently began teaching at world music camps, festivals, and workshops on the west coast and in Europe. In 2007, Val toured professionally with the vocal ensemble, Northern Harmony, performing and teaching South African and other world vocal music in France, Italy, England, Germany, and the Netherlands. Intensely drawn to southern African ...


Ruzivo (more)

Ruzivo includes Paul Mataruse, Rose Orskog, Dana Moffett, Lonnie Welsh, and Nick Robinson. Various members of this group will team teach several marimba workshops during Zimfest using the approach that they developed at Camp Ruzivo on Whidbey Island. Ruzivo explores traditional and contemporary arrangements of Zimbabwean music and infuses them with Paul's musical sensibilities borne out of all-night jam sessions in Harare, Zimbabwe. What emerges is a spirit that honors the individual talents of ...


Caution Shonhai (more)

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 ...


Renold Shonhai (more)

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 ...


Bob Sisson (more)

Bob began playing Zimbabwean marimba music in Seattle in1992 under the instruction of Carl Heller, a former student of Dumisani Maraire. In 1998, he helped form a group in Olympia, Washington, currently known as Mukana Marimba. He attended his first Zimfest in 1999 and has attended seven subsequent Zimfests from Bellingham to Oregon. He was a member of the organizing committee for Zimfest 2007, in Olympia. Bob has extensive workshop experience with many local and ...


Micah Sisson (more)

Micah has been playing with Mukana Marimba since 1999 and teaches parts to current players. He has attended more than five Zimfests in addition to being on the organizing committee for Zimfest 2007 in Olympia, Washington. Micah has attended many workshops with teachers including Farai Geze, Michael Breez, Stephen Golovnin, Sheree Seretse, Michael Sibanda, Randy MacIntosh, Amy Stewart and more.


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 ensembles Jenaguru and Zambuko, as well as Mudzidzi mbira group. Wanda has studied mbira, singing and marimba with Zimbabwean musicians Cosmas Magaya, Musekiwa Chingodza, Ambuya Beauler Dyoko, Chartwell Dutiro, Sheasby Matiure, Irene Chigamba, and Paul Mataruse, among others. Wanda has arranged several traditional mbira songs for marimba, and has developed a fondness ...


Mandy Walker-LaFollette (more)

Mandy Walker-LaFollette was introduced to Zimbabwean music as a toddler when her parents began taking classes at Kutsinhira Cultural Arts Center in Eugene, Oregon. She played marimba intermittently and began seriously studying mbira in 1998 and marimba in 2000. Her teachers include Musekiwa Chingodza, Cosmas Magaya, Ambuya Beauler Dyoko, and Sheasby Matiure. She performs with Hokoyo, Jenaguru, and Zambuko Marimba. Mandy has arranged and co-arranged several mbira songs for marimba, including Nyuchi, Mukatiende, Unozofa, Dangurangu ...


Ted Wright (more)

Ted Wright's love for Shona music started with Marimba Muzuva in 1993. He has taught marimba, mbira, chipendani and gumboot dancing for many years, and has studied and performed with many of Zimbabwe's top traditional musicians. Besides Muzuva, Ted's musical projects have included the world beat improvisational ensemble Spirit Gate, mbira quartet Choto, and Zimbabwean roots dance bands Zimfusion and Jambanja. Ted teaches workshops, school groups, and ongoing classes, and is director ...