Julia Tsitsi Chigamba and friends, Zimfest, 2010

Kutsinhira Fall 2010 Newsletter

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BEYOND ZIMFEST: Zimfest was the culmination of our 2010 Zimba-bwean guest season, and a tremendous success! We love to visit and study with the wide array of Zimbabwean, US and Canadian teachers there, and to see them enjoying one another’s company as well.
We have now bid a fond farewell to our good friends Cosmas Magaya and Musekiwa Chingodza, with Nel Applegate and Tim Mueller hosting a fine party for the occasion in their beautiful backyard. The next day, we put Musekiwa on the plane back to Zimba-bwe, and Cosmas, a day later, left for his three month residency at Williams College in western Massachusetts.
With money earned on this tour, Musekiwa was able to purchase a corn grinding mill which he will set up in the large town of Murewa. He thus intends to earn steady income to continue sending his children to school and meet other expenses – which have increased considerably in Zimbabwe
since dollarization. Cosmas is putting his money towards family expenses, and also looks forward to improving his well-situated new stand, on former national reserve lands near Beatrice. He hopes eventually to create there a residential school for Zi-mbabwean music and cultural arts, one which will embrace all cultures in Zimba-bwe and will welcome students and visitors! His dream is to welcome many Kutsi-nhira members there someday, as well as to support an mbira program and mbira makers, along with dance, marimba, drumming, etc.
It is good to see that the financial opportunities that Kutsi-nhira extends to these great musicians are being used to benefit many people in Zimba-bwe.
On the horizon, we have two new visiting teacher residencies planned: Kurai Blessing Mubaiwa in February/March 2011, and Patience Chaitezvi later in the year (the dates have not yet been set due to uncertainty about Zimfest 2011).
Kurai, whose lively solo mbira plus dancing act wowed us at Zimfest, also has a lot to offer in the way of teaching marimba and singing. He will arrive in time to attend our Annual Membership Meeting at the end of February, and stay to teach at Kutsinhira classes and private lessons through the following two weeks. We’ll arrange for some sort of performance too.
Patience Chaitezvi impressed us all during her last visit to Kutsinhira in 2009. She is such a knowledgeable and hard-working teacher, eloquent in her accounts of Zimbabwean culture, expert in mbira, dance, drumming, that we knew we would want to bring her back for a longer stay! We will keep you posted on the dates of her residency as soon as we can work them out.
Please contact Marilyn Kolodziejczyk at mkolo@q.com for further information about any of our past and future Zi-mbabwean guests.

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