Zimfest 2019 Overview

Zimfest 2019 will be held August 8-11 at Western Oregon University in Monmouth, Oregon. A family-friendly three-day cultural festival, Zimfest has something for everyone: Dynamic concerts, fun educational workshops, African marketplace and more.

Zimfest Features

Music & Dance Workshops
Evening Concerts
Free Outdoor Afternoon Concerts
African Marketplace
Cultural Presentations
Community Conversations
Late-Night Music Parties
On-Campus Housing, Camping and Meals
Volunteering

Applications

Applications to teach or perform at Zimfest 2019 are now available and must be submitted by February 28. Please go to Teacher Application Information and/or Performer Application Information.

We are pleased to return to the festival-friendly WOU campus, nearly equidistant from Portland and Eugene. The Monmouth area, in the heart of Oregon’s wine country, is also a great point of departure for day trips exploring the beautiful Willamette Valley or heading west to the Oregon coast. We hope to see you there!

Music Dancing Across Borders

The Zimfest Association Board has chosen to carry over the 2018 theme, “Music Dancing Across Borders” for Zimfest 2019. Considering that circumstances for immigrants and citizens both here in the United States and in Zimbabwe continue to be under threat, we remain steadfast in the belief that music and dance are unifying forces around the world. We look forward to dissolving borders and creating togetherness at Zimfest 2019.

Zimfest 2018

Zimbabwean Music Festival - Music Dancing Across Borders - August 9-12, 2018 - A family-friendly three-day cultural festival, Zimfest has something for everyone: Dynamic concerts, fun educational workshops, African marketplace and more.

Zimfest 2018 was held August 9-12 at Western Oregon University. Details of past festivals are available in the festival archives.

Zimbabwean Guests

Zimbabweans joining us at Zimfest 2018 to teach and/or perform for the first time included:

  • 17 year-old marimba band-leader and nyunga nyunga, drum, and dance teacher Abel Mafuleni
  • Inspiring vocalist and choir director Tsungai Tsikirai, based in the UK
  • Award-winning instrumentalist and choir leader Tafadzwa Matiure, following in his father’s (Dr. Sheasby Matiure) footsteps
  • Dancer/instrumentalist Napoleon Jambwa, currently living in Capetown
  • Gwenyambira Alois Mutinhiri, coming from Zimbabwe.

We also welcomed back popular gwenyambira and teacher Musekiwa Chingodza (based in Zimbabwe); Kwanongoma graduate and marimba expert Michael Sibanda (South Africa); marimba specialist Patience Musandirire (Zimbabwe); and the multi-talented vocalist and dancer Lucky Moyo (traveling from England).

Last, but certainly not least, we extended a hearty welcome to Zimfest 2018 to the following North American-based Zimbabwean teachers and performers: Rujeko Dumbutshena, Tapiwa Kapurura, Zivanai Masango, Paul Mataruse, Chakaipa Mhembere, Kurai Blessing Mubaiwa, Evelyn Mukwedeya, and Moyo ‘Rainos’ Mutamba.