Zimfest 2014

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

New For Zimfest 2014

Introducing the ZIMFEST PASS

New this year: the ZIMFEST PASS, a single all-inclusive price for the Zimbabwean Music Festival! In order to encourage those attending Zimfest to participate in the entire festival at an affordable price, we offer the ZIMFEST PASS, which includes room and board Thursday night July 24th through Monday morning July 28th. Your registration is waived and your evening ticketed concerts are covered, including this year’s special Opening Night with Mokoomba. Workshops are also covered, although PASS holders must register along with regular participants in order to secure places in the workshops they want.^ $450 pays for your Zimbabwean musical immersion weekend for a double occupancy room ($475 single occupancy). To encourage families to come, we offer a special rate for youth 15 and younger: $420 (double room with roommate only). We are sorry, but the PASS is not available for those staying in the Trimble Hall suites. No more fumbling for separate meal cards and concert tickets, as the ZIMFEST PASS covers it all! So mark your calendars, get your ZIMFEST PASS and prepare yourself to go deep into the beloved music of Zimbabwe!

^PASS holders, please do not enroll in any workshops you are not sure you will actually participate in, as others would be unable to participate. You will be charged for any class you sign up for but do not attend.

Please note: Registration for individual concerts, meals and workshops is still available to Zimfest attendees as in past years.

Thursday Opening Night with Mokoomba

Mokoomba - Rising Tide

Zimfest 2014 breaks new ground with an opening night concert featuring Zimbabwe’s hottest band on the international world music circuit, Mokoomba! The Zimfest Organizing Committee is proud to present this terrific Afro-fusion group who have been making a name for themselves in Europe and Australia. The band of six young men hails from Victoria Falls, home to the Tonga people, and combines traditional and modern instruments with a rich blend of rhythms. Their vibrant sound, largely originating from spectacular lead vocalist Mathias Muzaza, draws on traditional Tonga music, and also embraces the diverse music cultures of southern Africa.

Mokoomba will perform 9:00 - 10:30 PM on Thursday night, July 24th, following the free Zimfest Opening Ceremony in Schneebeck Hall in the University of Puget Sound Music Building. Unlike the free Thursday evening outdoor concerts of previous years, Opening Night with Mokoomba will be a ticketed concert, with an advance purchase price of $20 for adults (click here) for ticket prices and online purchase). We think you will find the $20 ticket a bargain price to pay for one of the premier African dance bands on the global stage!

Enjoy this video clip of Mokoomba in performance in Belgium:

Panel Discussion on Saturday

This year, at Zimfest 2014, we are very pleased to announce a special session occurring on Saturday, July 26th, from 9:30 - 11:30 AM in Schneebeck Hall. We are offering a community-wide panel discussion free to all Zimfest attendees. The panel topic, “Implications and Ethics of an Online Zimbabwean Music Database,” is an offshoot of a rich exchange that took place in November 2013 on the Dandemutande.org email list. We encourage all members of the Zimfest community to attend this special session, as it represents a unique opportunity to discuss some important issues together with our panelists in real time.

Attendees to the panel session will have the opportunity to hear from qualified panelists with diverse perspectives, knowledge and experiences, in discussion on a range of ethical questions relating to the panel topic. Ideas to be discussed include (but are not limited to) the transmission of cultural knowledge in the digital age, and issues of control/access, appropriation, remuneration, and spiritual respect. Confirmed panelists include: Lucky Moyo, Moyo Mutamba, Cosmas Magaya, Joel Laviolette and Peter Swing. Moderator: Claire Jones. We are happy for the opportunity to bring the community together for this formal exchange of ideas during the 2014 Zimfest weekend!

Featured Lunchtime Concerts - FREE!

The Zimfest organizers have been brainstorming ways to tweak the concert lineups and scheduling so that the concerts are as positive an experience as possible for both performers and listeners. This year we will have some of your favorite groups performing for free during the lunch break when there are no workshops taking place. That way you can eat your lunch quickly—or better, take your lunch outside—in order to enjoy a full hour of free music from one of the featured lunchtime groups! Check the Concerts Schedule to see who is performing in the 11:45am to 12:45pm time slot Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

New Teacher Membership and Opportunities for Teachers Bringing Student Groups

Visiting groups of children are welcome at Zimfest! If you are a classroom teacher, or summer school or camp leader wanting instruction in Zimbabwean music or dance and a fun time for your class, bring them to the festival to enjoy the music and marketplace and take a workshop or two. We are offering a one-time Teacher Membership ($60) that allows a waiver on registration fees ($12 each) for groups of up to 20, ages K-12. The Teacher Membership is intended to encourage newcomers to the festival, so at least 50% of your group should be first-time Zimfest attendees to qualify for the registration fee waiver; specific workshop fees will still apply. Contact teachers@zimfest.org for information and assistance. Festival staff can also help with group enrollments and setting up private workshop sessions.