22 July 2007

Zimfest Schedule Announced

asking the ghost to danceImage by suttonhoo via FlickrI'm getting excited about the Zimbabwean Music Festival, aka Zimfest, which takes place in Olympia, Washington, August 24-26. The festival is hosted at the beautiful wooded campus of South Puget Sound Community College, and the evening concerts are in the Minnaert Center for the Performing Arts, a wonderful new performance facility that also hosts the World Sacred Music Festival.

This schedule is tentative, according to the website, but it gives some idea of the artists who will be performing at the festival. I've heard whispers that the lineup might also include Stella Chiweshe, though no official confirmation of that yet. A heap of workshops are also offered. So if you're into African -- specifically Zimbabwean -- music, get this on your calendar!

Friday Afternoon Concert

Outdoor Stage, 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Performer Type From
Njiva Marimba Youth Marimba Victoria BC
Zambuko Marimba Eugene OR
Jenaguru Marimba Eugene OR
Chigwaya Marimba Youth Marimba Hood River WA
Joel Laviolette Matepe Mbira Austin TX
Armando Ortega Guitar Albuquerque NM
Njuzu Mbira Mbira Portland OR
Rutendo Marimba Youth Marimba Ashland OR

Friday Evening Concert

Main Theater, Center for the Arts, 7:00 pm – Midnight
Mukana Marimba Marimba Olympia WA
Savara Jena Mbira Santa Cruz CA
Anzanga Marimba Ensemble Marimba Seattle WA
Mahonyera Mbira Ensemble Mbira Seattle WA
Tendai Muparutsa and
Chiroto Marimba Ensemble
Marimba Moscow ID
Kudana Marimba Marimba Eugene OR

Saturday Afternoon Concert

Outdoor Stage, 11:00 am – 5:30 pm
Green Acres Elementary Youth Marimba Spokane WA
Sweet Pumpkin Marimba Marimba Bellingham WA
Tumbuka Marimba Marimba Seattle WA
Shungu Marimba Marimba Boulder CO
Juba Marimba Marimba Bellingham WA
Kunzwana Marimba Marimba Seattle WA
Shumba Marimba Youth Marimba Seattle WA

Saturday Evening Concert

Main Theater, Center for the Arts, 7:00 pm – Midnight
Sukutai Dance and Drum Dance and Drum Seattle WA
Lucky Moyo and Friends Vocals and Dance UK
Boka Marimba Marimba Portland OR
Vakasara Mbira with Pachi Pamwe Mbira Eugene OR
Ruzivo Marimba and Mbira Marimba and Mbira Seattle WA
Jambanja Marimba Marimba Victoria BC

Sunday Afternoon Concert

Outdoor Stage, 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Rhythm on the Rocks Youth Marimba Friday Harbor WA
Kambuya Marimba Marimba New York NY
Yesango Marimba Marimba Port Townsend WA
Marimba Pride Youth Marimba Seattle WA
Break for Village Meeting 2:00–3:30

Sahlee Mbira Mbira Seattle WA
Mhuri Marimba with Sheasby Matiure Marimba Bellingham WA

Sunday Evening Concert

Main Theater, Center for the Arts, 7:00 pm – Midnight
Hokoyo Youth Marimba Eugene OR
Fafi aka 3% DJ New York NY
Erica Azim and Friends Mbira Berkeley CA
Nyamuziwa Marimba Marimba Seattle WA
Bongo Love Marimba and Mbira Zimbabwe
Cosmas Magaya and Beauler Dyoko Mbira Zimbabwe

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