Zimfest 2014

July 24-27 — University of Puget Sound — Tacoma, WA

Zimfest 2014 Teachers

Alphabetical by last name.

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 from North America and Zimbabwe, studying Shona music, cosmology and healing traditions. In 1993 she founded Ancient Ways, which became a charitable non-profit organization encouraging preservation of life-giving traditional ways of indigenous peoples. It is based in Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley. Since then, Jaiaen has ...

Jaiaen Beck

Jeff Brahe (more)

Jeff Brahe got his start on marimba at age 10 in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and has performed with The Ande Marimba Band since 2000. He has been an avid student of different music styles and instruments, including mbira dzavadzimu, hosho, matepe, West African drumming, classical music and hip hop. He also composes and arranges music in most of these styles. Currently based in Tacoma, Washington, he tries to balance his day jobs teaching Taekwondo ...

Jeff Brahe

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 ...

Musekiwa Chingodza

Claire Jones (more)

Claire Jones has been involved with Zimbabwean music since 1976 when she first fell in love with the marimbas 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, and 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 ...

Claire Jones

Mandla Kaunda (more)

Hailing from Bulawayo, Mandla Kaunda was a founding member of the Rainbow Blaze Marimba Band and performed with the band in Zimbabwe from 1998–2005, leading the group to concerts and competitions as far away as Harare. In 2010, he taught marimba at the School of Creative Arts in Pretoria, South Africa, before moving to the U.S. in 2011 to pursue his own education. He currently resides in Tacoma, Washington, while attending University of ...

MyLinda King (more)

MyLinda started playing piano as a toddler and studied classical piano and music history at the Oberlin Conservatory. After moving to Portland she was swept away by the sounds of the marimba band. In 1989 she joined Boka Marimba and eventually became the band’s musical director and manager. After 10 years she retired from Boka. She began teaching marimba in 1995. She enjoys teaching weekly adult classes in her basement studio as well as ...

MyLinda King

Jesse Larson (more)

Jesse Larson fell in love with Zimbabwean marimba music when she first attended Kamp Kutandara in Boulder at the age of 11 in 2005, and has been an avid marimba player ever since. She has performed for many years with Kutandara, and was in the youth group Tamba! until she graduated from high school in 2012. She has also spent time learning from and working with various teachers, including Chris Berry, Paul Mataruse, Zivanai Masango ...

Jesse Larson

Patrick Latimer (more)

Patrick Latimer grew up in Homer, Alaska, around all kinds of music, and was invited to become a member of a local adult marimba band at age 10 in 2007. Soon thereafter he founded a youth marimba band, and he played with both ensembles for five years until they merged into what is now Williwaw Marimba. He has composed and taught many pieces. He plays many other instruments, and sings in the high school choirs ...

Patrick Latimer

Joel Laviolette (more)

Joel Laviolette is based in Austin, Texas. He directs Rattletree Marimba, Kupira Marimba, and Austin’s first women’s marimba group, SeVana Marimba. He is also the Artistic Director of the Rattletree School of Marimba and builds marimbas for his students and schools around Texas and beyond. He teaches classes to students of all ages and abilities—from complete beginners to professional musicians. He balances this with an active touring schedule. Joel began playing mbira ...

Joel Laviolette

Daniel Lockley (more)

Daniel Lockley has been playing marimba and mbira since he was 10 years old, studying with numerous teachers from around the world. Over the years, Daniel has cultivated a deep and unique perspective on the music of Zimbabwe through performing with groups and artists including Jaka, Stella Chiweshe, Boka Marimba, Trillium, Ande Marimba, and Kutandara. Using tricks he’s learned along the way, Daniel has developed a teaching style that is a mix of both ...

Daniel Lockley

Daniel Lockley (more)

Daniel and Jeff have been best friends for the past 27 years, which, if you don’t count their first six and nine months respectively, equals a life-long friendship! When they were just 10 years old, they began studying marimba with Stephen Golovnin, as well as Peter Swing, Dan Pauli and Jesse Garcia soon thereafter. Eventually, Jeff and Daniel both Joined the Ande Marimba band where they honed their marimba and mbira playing and toured ...

Daniel Lockley

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 national and 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 U ...

Cosmas Magaya

Memory Makuri (more)

Memory Makuri is a Zimbabwean dancer, singer, and hosho player. Memory began her performing career at primary level. She toured around Zimbabwe with a group called Idwala Elikhulu. Upon leaving school, she joined the music scene as a back-up singer and dancer for the legendary Thomas Mapfumo and the Blacks Unlimited. Since coming to Canada, Memory co-founded a band called Masaisai, which is now called Nhapitapi Mbira, in which she sings, dances and plays hosho ...

Memory Makuri

Jimu Makurumbandi (more)

A marimba player and a Shona traditional dancer, Makurumbandi’s professional career started with a grassroots theatre company called Savannah Arts in Mbare. At age 19, Makurumbandi joined Dance Foundation Course, a project created by National Ballet of Zimbabwe. During a one-year apprenticeship with Tumbuka Dance Company, Makurumbandi’s dance training continued under Soukaina Edom Mafundikwa, Julie Knotenbelt and Neville Campbell. Makurumbandi has toured extensively in France and has been performing and holding workshops on ...

Fiaindratovo Manavihare (more)

Fiaindratovo Manavihare (Mimy) was born in Manambaro Sud, a small town in southern Madagascar. In Madagascar, Mimy played with both traditional and modern artists including Tsimihole, Senge, Sairy, Vilon'androy, Ninie Donia, Tata Rahely, Malaza Fahazavana Choir, Full Vao Band and Max Exception. Since moving to the U.S. in 1998, Mimy has performed with a varied group of artists, including: trumpeter Tiger Okoshi; dancer Keith Goodman; conductor Joan Szchimko; the Aurora Chorus; Boka Marimba ...

Fiaindratovo Manavihare

Peter Masundire (more)

Peter grew up in Zimbabwe, lived in London, England for 16 years, and is now settled in Seattle, Washington where he has been giving individual tutorials in chiShona Language since 1998. His lessons are based on the Zezuru dialect of the chiShona Language. Peter is also a chiShona Language Evaluator with the Berlitz Language Center. Peter is very active in the Seattle local Zimbabwean community where he works to promote Zimbabwean culture and music and ...

Peter Masundire

Sheasby Matiure (more)

Dr. Sheasby Matiure is an experienced music teacher who received his initial training at Kwanongoma College of Music. He studied mbira, marimba and classical guitar with Alport Mhlanga and has been teaching these throughout his music career. Dr. Matiure served as an Artist in Residence for the International Vocal Ensemble at Indiana University. He has taught marimba, mbira and makwayera singing at Zimfest numerous times from 1999 to 2008, and has toured the Pacific Northwest ...

Sheasby Matiure

Maria Minnaar-Bailey (more)

Maria Minnaar-Bailey grew up in rural Zimbabwe (then Rhodesia) as a “missionary kid” in the 1960s, and lived in Zimbabwe until she immigrated to the U.S. in 1984. Her Swedish father, Olof Axelsson, was a church musician and teacher who worked along with members of the Ecumenical Arts Association to help bring more African music into Zimbabwean churches. At that time, the country was racially segregated and on the brink of a civil war ...

Maria Minnaar-Bailey

Lucky Moyo (more)

Lucky Moyo is an arts practitioner who has worked in well over 35 countries around the world. Lucky works mostly in schools, community centres, festivals, within the corporate sector as well as in the criminal justice systems using the arts to address various social programs. He teaches mostly Ndebele and Khalanga traditions. Lucky has been to a good number of Zimfests in the past.

Lucky Moyo

Kurai Blessing Mubaiwa (more)

Kurai Blessing Mubaiwa was born in 1976 in the village of Mutimbanyoka, in Murewa district, Zimbabwe. Kurai began playing mbira at the age of six, watching 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 the city of Harare, joining the cultural group Savannah ...

Kurai Blessing Mubaiwa

Evelyn Mukwedeya (more)

Evelyn Mukwedeya is a talented Zimbabwean mbira musician, singer/songwriter and teacher based in Toronto, Canada. From a young age, Evelyn pursued studies in classical piano, clarinet and music theory at the Mutare School of Music. With the encouragement and support of her mother, she added mbira dzavadzimu (mbira of the ancestors) to her musical studies when traditional Zimbabwean instruments were introduced to the school in 2003. After relocating to Toronto with her family in ...

Evelyn Mukwedeya

Samuel Mukwedeya (more)

Samuel Mukwedeya is young Zimbabwean guitarist, born in the city of Mutare and currently living in Toronto, Canada. As a teenager with a great passion for integrating various musical genres together, he picked up the guitar in hopes of emulating the blues-rock and jazz stylings of his musical heroes. However, over the last few years, Samuel has also been returning to his musical roots through learning different styles of African guitar playing, in particular the ...

Samuel Mukwedeya

Patience Musandirire (more)

Patience Musandirire is an active member of Pan African Society for Musical Arts Education (PASMAE), a researcher and conference paper presenter of African Musical Arts Education. His interests include African marimba playing techniques, the nature and scope of African music, African drumming, mbira and musical arts education based on the elements and fundamental aspects of ethnomusicology and intercultural musical arts education. He has presented workshops at different African musical arts education forums organized by PASMAE ...

Patience Musandirire

Moyo Rainos Mutamba (more)

Moyo Rainos Mutamba is a multi-disciplinary artist, community learning facilitator, speaker, researcher and PhD student at the University of Toronto. He is a musician, dancer and storyteller. His music is centered around mbira, an instrument that has been played in Zimbabwe for hundreds of years. He tells Zimbabwean-based historical stories and folk tales. Storytelling and song have been a part of Mutamba’s life since he was a child in a small village in Zimbabwe ...

Moyo Rainos Mutamba

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 now teaches at world music camps, festivals and workshops on the west coast of the U.S. Val toured professionally in 2007 with the vocal ensemble Northern Harmony, performing and teaching South African and other world vocal music for 10 weeks in Europe. She completed two choral study/performance tours in ...

Val Rogers

Sheree Seretse (more)

Sheree Seretse began studying with Dumisani Maraire in 1970. In 1973, she began teaching classes with Dumi and Lora Chiorah. Hired in 1978 by Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute to teach and coordinate programs for the Seattle community, Sheree is currently teaching at Spruce Street School and community classes at Life Enrichment Bookstore, Jaam Rek and Garfield Community Center. Sheree has taught in many academic settings including the Jewish Day School of Bellevue, Giddens School ...

Sheree Seretse

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 marimba ensemble Jenaguru Full Moon Marimba as well as Mudzidzi Mbira. Wanda has studied marimba, mbira, singing, dance, hosho and drum with many Zimbabwean musicians including Cosmas Magaya, Musekiwa Chingodza, Ambuya Beauler Dyoko, Chartwell Dutiro, Sheasby Matiure, Patience Chaitezvi and Paul Mataruse. Wanda has arranged several traditional mbira songs for marimba, and ...

Wanda Walker

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 ...

Mandy Walker-LaFollette

Loveness Wesa (more)

Loveness Wesa is a singer, dancer, actor and choreographer. She was first exposed to the traditional music and dance of her country as a small child watching her mother, aunt and grandmother who were Sangomas, the traditional spirit mediums who use song and dance to channel ancestral spirits. While still in secondary school, she joined the Amakhosi Theatre in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, where she studied and performed for 13 years. In 1998 Loveness founded the Kgotso ...

Loveness Wesa

Ted Wright (more)

Ted Wright’s love for Shona music began with Marimba Muzuva in 1993. He has been a teacher of marimba, mbira, chipendani and gumboot dancing for many years, and has travelled to Zimbabwe several times, studying and performing with many of Zimbabwe’s top traditional musicians. In addition to Muzuva, his musical projects have included the world beat improvisational ensemble Spirit Gate, mbira quartet Choto, and Zimbabwean roots dance bands Zimfusion and Jambanja. Ted organizes ...

Ted Wright