Zimfest 2019 Archive


Cultural presentations are a different kind of workshop. They are not hands-on music or dance workshops. And presentations cost only $10 per hour. So please come! Take in an interesting talk. Hear about Zimbabwean culture!

Session 2 – Friday 1:00–2:00 PM

Changing Roles of Women

Teacher: Patience Munjeri
Ages: Adult (8 and older)
Cost: $10

Patience will give her first-hand insights into the traditional and changing roles of girls and women in Zimbabwean music and society.

Session 5 – Saturday 1:00–2:30 PM

Zimbabwean Guitar Styles, 1980 – Present

Teacher: Gilbert Zvamaida
Ages: Adult (8 and older)
Cost: $15

Take a musical journey with one of the icons of Zimbabwean guitar! Gilbert will describe and demonstrate chimurenga, mbira-style, kwela, chigiyo, and other guitar styles, while recounting his experiences playing in Zimbabwe, the US, and elsewhere from 1980 to the present.

Session 6 – Saturday 3:30–5:30 PM

Working in Cross-cultural Environments

Teacher: Lucky Moyo
Ages: Adult (8 and older)
Cost: $20 (suggested donation)

A follow-up on last year’s village meeting on cultural appropriation and “cultural appropriateness”: let’s look more deeply into being aware of other cultures and one’s own. How can cultures co-exist and what new commitments to do with cultural appreciation and not just appropriation are possible? What pathways can we keep exploring towards building such a community?

Session 7 – Sunday 1:00–2:00 PM

My Experience at Jairos Jiri School

Teacher: Kelvin Chikumbirike
Ages: Adult (8 and older)
Cost: $10 (suggested donation)

I had an opportunity to teach people living with disability how to play mbira and marimba. I will talk about the challenges I faced, how I overcame them and the exceptional talent I groomed. Some could play marimba with their mouths while others could play mbira with their toes. I learnt that disability is not inability. Materials to Bring: Note books.