Renold 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 made their CD's among the most popular MBIRA offerings.

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

Name Sessions Enrollment
Intermediate Mbira- Nehondo/Tadzungaira
Mbira: Teens, Adults; Intermediate
Session 7 (Sun 1:00 PM) 10/10 students
Beginning Dance - Mbira Dance
Dance: Any age; Any skill level
Session 2 (Fri 1:00 PM) 12/30 students
Mbira Style Hosho
Hosho: Teens, Adults; Any skill level
Session 5 (Sat 1:00 PM) 9/15 students
Introductory Mbira- Mahororo
Mbira: Teens, Adults; Introductory/Beginner
Session 1 (Fri 9:30 AM) 9/10 students
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 Beginning Mbira- Bangidza "Dandiro"
Mbira: Teens, Adults; Advanced Beginner
Session 3 (Fri 3:30 PM) 10/10 students
Singing- Shona Traditional Songs
Singing: Any age; Any skill level
Session 4 (Sat 9:30 AM) 25/30 students