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 2015 will be held August 13-16 on the campus of Western Oregon University. WOU is a campus of about 6,000 located in Monmouth, Oregon, 20 minutes west of Salem.
Zimfest 2014 took place July 24–27 at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington. Thursday July 24th was Zimfest Pre-Fest, for private lessons during the day, followed by the opening ceremony in the evening and a special opening night concert with Mokoomba. On Friday the full schedule began in earnest with three days of workshops, afternoon and evening concerts, and the African marketplace. Read More...
In addition to Mokoomba, we were thrilled to welcome for the first time at Zimfest marimba specialist Patience Musandirire, who is currently teaching in Botswana, and Jimu Makurumbandi, a Savannah Arts alumnus carrying out a one-year dance residency in Seattle. Returning Zimbabwean friends who were with us this year are: Cosmas Magaya, Musekiwa Chingodza and Sheasby Matiure, all coming from Zimbabwe; Lucky Moyo, England; Kurai Blessing Mubaiwa and Nhapitapi Mbira, Canada; and Loveness Wesa from Portland. As in previous years, many talented and experienced North American teachers and performers rounded out our workshop and concert schedule. More...
Festival news & web site changes
November 26 Zimfest 2015 will be held August 13-16 on the campus of Western Oregon University. WOU is a campus of about 6,000 located in Monmouth, Oregon, 20 minutes west of Salem.
May 17 Online registration is now open for the 2014 Zimbabwean Music Festival.
March 30, 2014 Marketplace vendor information and applications are now available. The deadline to apply is June 30th.
January 15, 2014 Applications to teach workshops or perform at Zimfest 2014 are now available. The deadline to apply is February 28.
October 24, 2013 Zimfest 2014 will take place July 24-27 at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington.
October 24, 2013 The Zimfest Association board of directors has set up the Zimfest Association Blog. The board will use the blog to communicate with Zimfest membership and participants. Regular updates will include monthly synopses of the board meetings, activities being undertaken by the board, general updates on strategy, calls for help, etc. In addition, the Zimfest organizing committee will use this blog to provide updates on the organization of the annual festival. The board also hopes the blog becomes a mechanism for a rich dialog between the board and Zimfest participants.
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