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African Music at Cultural Crossroads March 9

If you are a fan of music and dance from around the world, check out the Cultural Crossroads Festival at Crossroads Bellevue, March 8-10 – All performances are free!
The festival, produced by Crossroads Bellevue and VL Cultural Productions, features some of the area’s best ethnic entertainment on two stages, an international bazaar, and exhibits.
Crossroads Bellevue: 15600 NE 8th St, Bellevue, Washington 98008. www.crossroadsbellevue.com
See complete schedule on Facebook

African Music on the schedule March 9:
Mahonyera Mbira Ensemble 1:30 – 2:15 PM
Ancestral sounds of the mbira from Zimbabwe

Mahonyera at Ballard Farmers Market

Kouyate Arts Performance Company 7:00 – 8:45 PM
West African Drumming, Dance & Song




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:

musekiwa poster 2014