Zimfest 2015 Archive

African Marketplace

Come visit the Zimfest 2015 Marketplace and explore the wonderful assortment of African art, clothing, crafts, musical instruments, CDs, and DVDs that are available for purchase. Relax on the broad grassy lawn and enjoy the music from the afternoon concert stage as you shop for special treasures. The Marketplace also provides an opportunity to learn about and support nonprofit organizations that are working with the people of Zimbabwe. Your purchases from these nonprofits will benefit many lives in Zimbabwe.

Marketplace Hours
10 a.m. — 5 p.m. Friday, August 14
10 a.m. — 5 p.m. Saturday, August 15
noon — 5 p.m. Sunday, August 16

The Zimfest Marketplace and afternoon stage will be located in “The Grove,” an open area with trees around the periphery (see photo below). The Grove is convenient to the Werner University Center, site of Zimfest Registration, and links the WOU campus residential and academic areas. Free parking for Zimfest attendees will be available in Parking Lot F just south of the Grove.

Zimfest 2015 Marketplace Vendors

Ancient Ways

Ancient Ways preserves indigenous peoples’ ancient life-giving traditions through collaborative and sustainable practices, including health and well-being services, academic, arts and public health education, and building huts, fuel efficient stoves, toilets and wells. CDs, tee shirts, mallet grips and hota are available for sale. Info: www.ancient-ways.org.


Kutsinhira is a non-profit community center dedicated to the music and people of Zimbabwe. We sell music CDs of Zimbabwean music and musicians, T-shirts, and African clothing. Info: www.kutsinhira.org.


MBIRA is a non-profit organization that celebrates and helps to sustain the ancient musical traditions of Zimbabwe. MBIRA supports Zimbabwean musicians and instrument makers and their families through worldwide Zimbabwean music education, recordings and performances. MBIRA will be selling mbiras, dezes, hosho, magavhu (leg rattles), DVDs of marimba lessons, CDs (bring a memory stick if you prefer mp3’s), thumbpicks, Zimbabwean copper/brass bangles, books, t-shirts, and more. Info: www.mbira.org.


Craig LaFollette will sell marimba mallets, hosho and both performance and practice marimbas for lovers of Zimbabwean music. Info: www.marimbaworks.com.

Portland-Mutare Sister City Association

PMSCA provides mutual support between the communities of Mutare, Zimbabwe and Portland, Oregon. We believe in the power of personal connections and have helped communities in Mutare to achieve their vision. For over 20 years PMSCA has assisted schools, clinics, orphans and children with special needs. At the festival, PMSCA will be selling sewn art panels made by women affected by HIV/AIDS, and will return the proceeds to Mutare. Info: http://portlandmutare.org.

Sandals on My Feet

Sandals on My Feet will be selling a variety of musical instruments, baskets, fabrics, cloths and jewelry from Nigeria and Ghana. Info: .

Tariro: Health and Hope for Zimbabwe’s Orphans

The mission of Tariro is to educate and empower young women and girls in Zimbabwean communities affected by HIV/AIDS, and to ensure that even the most vulnerable Zimbabwean children have access to education. Tariro will be providing information about its program and will be selling small items (jewelry, sculpture, etc.) to raise money for its programs. Info: tarirohope.wordpress.com.


Thembanathi sells beaded jewelry and crafts handmade by Zulu artisans in income generation projects. All proceeds from the sales go to support community-based programs providing early childhood education in rural South Africa. While our primary mission is to provide funding for education and development programs for children, our purchase of products at fair trade prices provides support for whole families. Contact: .

The Grove at WOU

The Grove at WOU