Registration is now open for the 25th Zimbabwean Music Festival in North America.
The festival is an annual celebration of Zimbabwean music and culture. A fun-filled four-day weekend of concerts, workshops, community conversations, a marketplace, late night mbira & jamming parties, and more; Zimfest is the largest annual gathering in North America of students, teachers, performers, and fans of Zimbabwean music.
Zimfest 2016 will be held August 11-14 at Western Oregon University in Monmouth, Oregon. Just west of Salem, the WOU campus provides an attractive and comfortable site. Housing, camping, and meals are available on-campus.
How to Register
Register for festival workshops, concert tickets, housing and meals at https://register.zimfest.org. Workshops can be viewed by teacher, type of workshop, or day and time.
Detailed information about the festival is available at https://zimfest.org. The volunteer signup can also be found there.
Volunteerism is at the heart of every Zimfest. All festival attendees can help by volunteering for a task or two. Volunteers help organize and run the entire festival!
Zimbabweans joining us at Zimfest to teach and/or perform for the first time include:
- Edmonton-based group Mbira Renaissance led by Chakanaka Zinyemba
- Marimba specialist Simba Kamuriwo
- Dancer/mbira/hosho player Clayton Master
- Cultural educators Victoria and Tapiwa Kapurura
Traveling from abroad to be with us are:
- Popular mbira virtuoso and teacher Musekiwa Chingodza (coming from Zimbabwe)
- Kwanongoma graduate and marimba expert Michael Sibanda (based in South Africa)
- Multi-talented vocalist and dancer Lucky Moyo (travelling from England)
(As always at this point in time, visas or travel plans are still pending for several of these artists.)
We extend a hearty welcome to the following North American-based Zimbabwean teachers and performers:
- Clayton Pasi Gunguwo
- Mandla Kaunda
- Zivanai Masango
- Paul Mataruse
- Chakaipa Mhembere
- Kurai Blessing Mubaiwa
- Muchineripi family band Chihera
- Samuel Mukwedeya
- Moyo Rainos Mutamba
After an absence of several years, we are ecstatic to welcome back to the Zimfest fold:
- Chinyakare Ensemble, led by the incomparable Julia Chigamba. Say hello again to Chigamba family members Augusten Basa, Gerald Basa, Kanukai Chigamba and Ronnie Daliyo; and the equally talented non-Zimbabwean Chinyakare members Cathy Crystal, Casey Daliyo, Moeketsi Gibe, Russell Landers, DeLisa Nealy, and Sarah Noll.
Zimfest concerts occur from Thursday evening through Sunday night.
Opening Ceremony & Free Concert on the Outdoor Stage:
Thursday 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Following the opening ceremony, Nyemwerero will set the tone of the festival with the dynamic sound of Musekiwa Chingodza on mbira, joined by Zivanai Masango and other members of ZiMBiRA!
Free Afternoon Concerts on the Outdoor Stage:
Friday Noon to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday Noon to 5:30 p.m.
Sunday Noon to 5:30 p.m.
Evening Concerts (Ticketed, Indoors):
Friday 7:30 to Midnight
Saturday 7:30 to Midnight
Sunday 7:30 to Midnight
Come visit the Zimfest 2016 Marketplace and explore the wonderful assortment of African art, clothing, crafts, musical instruments, CDs, and DVDs 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. The Marketplace will be open Friday 10:00-5:00, Saturday 10:00-5:30, and Sunday noon-5:30.
Valuing education as well as performance, Zimfest attracts Zimbabwean music and culture experts from around the world to teach festival participants. Zimfest offers a large selection of workshops at all skill levels in marimba, mbira, hosho, singing, dance, drumming, guitar, chipendani, and makwa (clapping), as well as a variety of cultural presentations. Details and registration are available at https://register.zimfest.org.
Sing-Dance-Play! Tambai Tambai! Dlala-Dlala!
Zimfest 2016 will celebrate the theme “Sing-Dance-Play! Tambai Tambai! Dlala-Dlala!” In Zimbabwe you only need one word to say “Play (music)” or “Dance” or “Play (have fun)”: Tambai if you speak chiShona, or Dlala in isiNdebele. What could be more appropriate to describe the three-and-a-half days of Zimbabwean-inflected music, dance, song, culture and fun that is the Zimbabwean Music Festival? Come sing-dance-play with us August 11-14. Tambai! Dlala!