03 July 2008


It's Zimfest time again! Tomorrow is the start of the annual three-day celebration of the music and dance of Zimbabwe. It all takes place at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington. So get thee hence! Yes, it's troubled political/social times back in the African nation itself, but all the more reason to celebrate the positive culture from the nation in anticipation of getting things straightened out there. Below is the performance schedule (afternoon shows are free, evening shows are ticketed); Zimfest also has lots of workshops, plus a marketplace and more. For complete details, see www.zimfest.org.
Bongo Love at Zimfest 2007 - photo ©Scott Allan Stevens

Friday Afternoon Concert

Red Square Marketplace, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Performer Type From
Shamwari Marimba Marimba Eugene OR
Kamba Marimba Quartet Boulder CO
Chigwaya Marimba Youth Marimba Hood River WA
Rutendo Marimba Youth Marimba Ashland OR
Chenjera Youth Marimba Whidbey Island WA
Njiva Marimba Youth Marimba Victoria BC

Friday Evening Concert

Eastvoldt Chapel, 7:00 pm – 12:30 am
Opening Ceremony with Che oke’ ten & Friends, Zimbabwean Guests, and Russ Landers (Chipendani)

Shumba Marimba Youth Marimba Seattle WA
Boka Marimba Marimba Portland OR
Njuzu Mbira Portland OR
Chinyakare Dance, Mbira, Drums, Marimba Oakland CA
Hungwe Mbira Zimbabwe
Ande Marimba Marimba Santa Fe NM

Saturday Afternoon Concert

Red Square Marketplace, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Mhuri Marimba Marimba Bellingham WA
Tumbuka Marimba Marimba Seattle WA
Break for Village Meeting 1:00–2:30

Savara Jena Mbira Santa Cruz CA
Kuzanga Marimba Santa Cruz CA
Mukana Marimba Olympia WA

Saturday Evening Concert

Eastvoldt Chapel, 7:00 pm – 12:30 am
Youth Showcase with Shamwari, Tamba! and Vana Vedu Marimba Boulder CO
Lora & Sukutai Dance & Drum Seattle WA
Sheasby Matiure & the Mbira Queens Mbira Bloomington IN
Musasa Marimba Marimba Hawaii & Seattle
Vakaranga Venharetare: Women of the Spirits Mbira Berkeley CA & Zimbabwe
Chiroto with Tendai Muparutsa Marimba Moscow ID
Bongo Love Marimba & Mbira Zimbabwe

Sunday Afternoon Concert

Red Square Marketplace, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sweet Pumpkin Marimba Bellingham WA
Jenaguru Marimba Eugene OR
Erica Azim and Isaac Rains Mbira Berkeley CA
Singing Wood Marimba Santa Cruz CA
Sahlee Mbira Mbira Seattle WA
Zambuko Marimba Eugene OR
Zambuko Marimba Seattle WA
Boka Boys Marimba Portland OR

Sunday Evening Concert

Eastvoldt Chapel, 7:00 pm – 12:30 am
Mahonyera Mbira Ensemble Mbira Seattle WA
Nyamuziwa Marimba Seattle WA
Loveness Wesa & Kgotso African Cultural Arts Electric Portland OR
Anzanga Marimba Ensemble Marimba Seattle WA
Hokoyo Youth Marimba Eugene OR
Pachi Pamwe and Vakasara Mbira Portland & Eugene OR
Ruzivo & Special Guests Marimba & Mbira Puget Sound WA & Zimbabwe
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Anonymous said...

Check out ZIMFEST 08 in S0uth Africa.

invegas1984 said...

i would like to perform at this festival one day.

The song is sung in shona but mixed with electronica.