Zimfest 2010

by Alex Weeks

The Zimbabwean Music Festival is an annual celebration of Zimbabwean music and culture. A fun-filled three-day weekend of concerts, workshops, community conversations, a marketplace and more, Zimfest is the largest annual gathering in North America of students, teachers, performers, and fans of Zimbabwean music. More…

Zimfest 2010 will be held Friday, August 20 through Sunday, August 22 on the campus of Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon, with Prefest on Thursday, August 19. The OSU campus will be an exceptional facility for Zimfest, with most workshops, afternoon concerts and marketplace in close proximity, and with reasonably priced housing and meals.

We have a wonderful lineup of teachers, workshops and performers, with an impressive array of Zimbabwean teachers including Julia Chigamba, Dr. Pride Chigwedere, Musekiwa Chingodza, Lora Chiorah-Dye, Ronnie Daliyo, Clayton Gunguwo, Cosmas Magaya, Paul Mataruse, Lucky Moyo, Tendai Muparutsa, Kurai Blessings Mubaiwa, and Renold and Caution Shonhai. James Mujuru and Bongo Love members are likely additions in the near future.

Over 140 workshops are offered in marimba, mbira, singing, dance, cultural presentations, and more. Performances by all the Zimbabwean teachers as well as Loveness Wesa and the Bantuz, Ruzivo, Wagogo, Ande, Boka, Kudana, Kutandara, Pachi Pamwe, the Chris Berry Orchestra, and many more.
Zimfest 2010 registration for workshops, housing, and meals is now open! More Details…