Kurai Mubaiwa

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 he joined the cultural group Savannah Arts where he learned to play marimba and trained as an actor. Here he facilitated and coordinated the Streets Ahead programme which focused on teaching street youth to play marimba. In 1998 Kurai toured West Africa and Europe with Chiwoniso Maraire and opened for Cesaria Evora.

Kurai began his Canadian musical journey in 2002 when he immigrated to Vancouver. After getting his Canadian citizenship, Kurai was able to go back on the road, traveling across Europe with Chiwoniso Maraire, performing in various world music festivals including WOMAD as well as participating in Zimfest. Currently, he teachers in Canada's Britannia World Music Program, teaching youth marimba classes. Kurai conducts mbira and drumming workshops and performs as the lead musician with the group ZimbaMoto.

Name Sessions Enrollment
Intermediate Mbira - Dzoka Kumusha
Mbira: Teens, Adults; Intermediate, Advanced
Session 6 (Sat 3:30 PM) 4/10 students
Intermediate Mbira- Pendekere
Mbira: Teens, Adults; Intermediate, Advanced
Session 1 (Fri 9:30 AM) 5/10 students
Intermediate Marimba- Dzoka Kumusha
Marimba: Teens, Adults; Intermediate
Session 2 (Fri 1:00 PM) 10/10 students
Intermediate Hosho
Hosho: Teens, Adults; Intermediate
Session 3 (Fri 3:30 PM) 3/20 students
Advanced Marimba- Shangaani Jive
Marimba: Teens, Adults; Advanced
Session 8 (Sun 3:30 PM) 5/10 students