Jennifer Kyker

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. She has studied and performed with various artists in Zimbabwe and the United States, including Musekiwa Chingodza, Kudana Marimba Ensemble, the Chigamba family, and Chris Berry and Panjea. The many albums she has participated on include "Tsunga" and "Muronda Tsimba," with Musekiwa Chingodza. Jennifer has been teaching at Zimfest since 1995. She is also the founder and director of the non-profit organization, Tariro, that works to educate and empower teenage girls in Zimbabwean communities affected by HIV/AIDS (

Name Sessions Enrollment
Hosho for Marimba Players
Hosho: Teens, Adults; Introductory/Beginner, Advanced Beginner, Intermediate
Session 2 (Fri 1:00 PM) 20/20 students
Singing in Shona
Singing: Teens, Adults; Any skill level
Session 8 (Sun 3:30 PM) 11/20 students
Beginning Drumming- Mbakumba Drumming for Chamutengure
Drumming, Dance: Teens, Adults; Introductory/Beginner, Advanced Beginner
Session 3 (Fri 3:30 PM) 20/20 students
Intermediate Marimba- Dande
Marimba: Teens, Adults; Intermediate, Advanced
Session 4 (Sat 9:30 AM) 12/12 students
Presentation- Tariro's Work with Children in Communities
Presentations: Any age; Any skill level
Session 5 (Sat 1:00 PM) 5/50 students
Music Educators- Cultural and Teaching Context
Presentations: Teens, Adults; Any skill level
Session 1 (Fri 9:30 AM) 7/30 students
Hosho for Marimba Players Encore
Hosho: Teens, Adults; Introductory/Beginner, Advanced Beginner, Intermediate
Session 7 (Sun 1:00 PM) 5/20 students