Zimfest 2015 Archive


Presentations are a different kind of workshop. They are not hands-on music or dance workshops. And presentations cost only $7.50 per hour. So please come! Take in an interesting talk. Hear about Zimbabwean culture!

Session 2 – Friday 1:00–2:30 PM

How to Play (Marimba) Less Hurt

Teacher: John O’Brien
Cost: $11.25

This workshop intends to address many of the ailments to which marimba players are subject and to offer advice on how to deal with them….

Session 3 – Friday 3:30–4:30 PM

Uploading Matepe: Online Learning and Connections with Northeastern Zimbabwe

Teachers: Zachary Moon and Jocelyn Moon
Cost: $7.50

This presentation focuses on the growth of online matepe resources, the significance of this online activity and how it relates to current matepe practices in Nyamapanda, Zimbabwe. Matepe is a type of mbira, historically from Northeastern Zimbabwe and adjacent areas across the border in Mozambique. We will engage in active listening and participatory music-making during this hour-long lecture/demonstration to learn more about specific characteristics of matepe music.

Session 5 – Saturday 1:00–2:00 PM

Cultural Talk: Shona Traditions and Rituals Relating to Death

Teacher: Patience Munjeri
Cost: $7.50

What happens to one who departs this world, be it normal death or suicide. Rituals done at burial, etc.

Session 7 – Sunday 1:00–3:00 PM

Story Telling

Teacher: Chris Berry
Cost: $15.00

Come learn and enjoy traditional stories that include call and response singing during the story.