Category Archives: Zimbabwean Music

Zimbabwean Dance Party June 12

If this show gets a positive response, The Triple Door will host Zimbabwean marimba music monthly upstairs in the Musicquarium! – Claire

Zimbabwean Dance Party
June 12, 9:00PM start time
Three Bands!

Anzanga Marimba

Ruzivo Marimba


Yaamba Marimba

Triple Door Musicquarium (upstairs)
216 Union Street
Seattle, WA 98101
No Cover!

Posted by African Music Nites


Sensational Afro-Fusion Band MOKOOMBA July 24

Serious Afropop fans will not want to miss this band – voted Songlines magazine’s top newcomer in 2013 – Claire

Zimfest Opening Night JULY 24 with MOKOOMBA
University of Puget Sound Schneebeck Hall – Tacoma
WHEN: 9:00 – 10:30 PM
TICKETS: $20 in advance, $24 at the door. Purchase stand-alone MOKOOMBA tickets from Brown Paper Tickets . Purchase tickets for MOKOOMBA and other Zimfest concerts and workshops:
DIRECTIONS: Scroll down to “Music Building/Schneebeck (west side of UPS campus)”

Music from the cultural melting pot of Victoria Falls.

MOKOOMBA will be making their first visit to North America this summer after making a name for themselves in Europe and Australia. The band of six young men hails from Victoria Falls, home to the Tonga people, and combines traditional and modern instruments with a rich blend of rhythms. Their vibrant sound, largely originating from spectacular lead vocalist Mathias Muzaza, draws on traditional Tonga music, and also embraces the diverse music cultures of southern Africa.

mokoomba-rising-tide-webReviews of MOKOOMBA’S latest CD, Rising Tide:
“Mokoomba is quite simply the most impressive band Zimbabwe has produced in recent memory. The sheer density of ideas in this session is impressive, but it never feels like the musicians are merely checking off stylistic boxes. This is an A+ international debut… In all, Mokoomba, riding their own rising tide, are the best news we have heard out of Zimbabwe in years.” (Banning Eyre, Afropop Worldwide, USA, August 2012)
“I’ve seen the future of Afrosound and it is called Mokoomba.” (Thorsten Bednarz, Deutschlandradio Kultur, Germany, October 2012)

Enjoy this video clip of Mokoomba in performance in Belgium

Master Mbira Player Musekiwa Chingodza at UW April 25

Take in a sweet concert at UW: Zimbabwean Mbira Master Musekiwa Chingodza

Musekiwa Chingodza, Mbira Master from Zimbabwe
In Concert April 25, 7:30 PM
UW School of Music
Brechemin Auditorium

Musekiwa Chingodza was born into a family of great mbira players in Mwangara village, Murewa, Zimbabwe, in 1970. He began playing mbira at the age of five and is self-taught. Through listening to other gwenyambira, or great mbira players, he developed a strong attachment to and love for mbira music. He says, “Our music is both medicine and food, as mbira has the power to heal and to provide for people. Mbira pleases both the living and the dead.” Since 1999, he has been a regular visitor to the U.S. With his engaging personality, gentle teaching style, virtuoso mbira playing ability and deep immersion in his culture, he is almost always asked to come back for repeat visits.
Listen to a recent performance here:

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