Zimfest 2022 Overview

Music Dancing Across Borders

Zimfest 2022 will take place June 24-26 in Mount Vernon, Washington. Camping, music and dance workshops, free afternoon concerts and an outdoor marketplace will be held at the Skagit County Fairgrounds. Some workshops will be held at the adjacent Mount Vernon Senior Center. Evening concerts will be at the classic Lincoln Theatre, a 15 minute walk away. A family-friendly cultural festival, Zimfest has something for everyone: Dynamic concerts, fun educational workshops, African marketplace and more.

Meet the Zimbabweans at Zimfest 2022

We welcome the following individuals new to Zimfest (and also relatively new to the United States): Mauya Mauya!

Danmore Kusaya

Danmore Kusaya
Gifted multi-instrumentalist Dan Kusaya, originally from Rusape, Zimbabwe, spent 7 years performing with the Minanzi Mbira Band in South Africa before making his way to Indianapolis, Indiana in 2021.

Salani Wamkanganise

Salani Wamkanganise
Mbira player and maker Salani Wamkanganise was mentored by Musekiwa Chingodza at Price Edward High in Harare and has been an artist-in-residence in Victoria Falls and Kobe, Japan. He will be teaching as well as performing at Zimfest as part of Mbira DzaSoko with his wife Kelly Orphan.

Blessing Bled Chimanga

Blessing Bled Chimanga
Acclaimed marimba player, composer and music impresario Blessing Bled Chimanga debuts at Zimfest 2022 after previous brief visits to the US. He has been very helpful to Zimfest in recording Harare musicians for online and pre-recorded programming this year and last.

Zimbabweans Returning to Zimfest

Helen Masvikeni-Masango

Helen Masvikeni-Masango

Tsitsi Hantuba

Tsitsi Hantuba

Moyo Rainos Mutamba of Toronto, cultural worker, educator and founder of Ubuntu Learning Village.

Zivanai Masango — guitar virtuoso, creative and leader of ZiMBiRA, coming from Boulder, CO.

Helen Masvikeni-Masango — expanding her role this year from ZiMBiRA “frontwoman” to dance teacher and photographer!

Tapiwa Kapurura — published author from Salem OR now sharing his cultural insights with Zimfest for a decade.

Victoria Kapurura will be teaching about and sharing her Zimbabwean cooking expertise.

Tsitsi Hantuba — the daughter of beloved gwenyambira Cosmas Magaya and founder of the non-profit Humwe returns to Zimfest with her perspective on traditional culture in Zimbabwe.

Paul Mataruse and Evelyn Mataruse will be performing with Ruzivo.

Covid Safety

Full vaccination against Covid-19 is required for all Zimfest participants 5 years of age or older. During the day, outdoor spaces at the Fairgrounds will be open to the public, with no vaccination or masking requirements. The Lincoln Theatre, where evening concerts will be held, has their own Covid safety policy. We expect all Zimfest participants to mask at all times while indoors at the Festival. Please read the complete details and FAQs on the Covid Safety at Zimfest 2022 page.

Land Acknowledgement

We gather for Zimfest 2022 on the ancestral homelands of the Coast Salish and Skagit Peoples who have lived in the Salish Sea basin and the North Cascades watershed for thousands of years. We acknowledge these indigenous communities that originated here or who have journeyed here from other locations via forced displacement. We recognize that, without them, we would not have the opportunity to come to gather at the Skagit Valley Fairgrounds and in the town of Mount Vernon. We extend our deepest respect and gratitude to the Skagit and Coast Salish Peoples.

Zimbabwean Music Festival - Take Flight at Zimfest 2022 - June 24-26, Mount Vernon, WA - Fun daytime activities at Skagit County Fairgrounds - Workshops, Concerts, Marketplace - Evening Concerts at Lincoln Theatre - Music Dancing Across Borders

Zimfest 2022 Save the Date Card
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