Ric Alviso has played Zimbabwean music since 1994. He studied mbira with Tute Chigamba, Cosmas Magaya, Forward Kwenda, Beauler Dyoko, Chris Mhlanga, Lucan Pasapamire, Erica Azim and others. He is the founder and director of Masanga Marimba and a Professor of World Music at Cal State Northridge, just north of Los Angeles, California.
Erica Azim fell in love with Shona mbira music when she first heard it at the age of 16. In 1974, Erica became one of the first Americans to study mbira in Zimbabwe, and her teachers have included many of Zimbabwe's top mbira masters. She currently teaches mbira workshop groups and mbira camps throughout the US and internationally, as well at her home in Berkeley, California. Erica also directs the non-profit organization MBIRA (www.mbira.org), which makes field recordings available to mbira enthusiasts around the world and provides financial support to 140 Zimbabwean mbira players and instrument makers.
Jaiaen Beck was introduced to Zimbabwean music by the late Dr. Abraham Dumisani Maraire. Since 1990 she has worked with many teachers studying Shona music, cosmology, and healing traditions. In 1993 she began Ancient Way, which is a charitable non-profit organization intended to preserve traditional ways of indigenous people. Since then, Jaiaen has taught music to all ages. By co-founding Nhimbe for Progress in 1999 and Jangano in 2005, two separate rural community development projects, she provided a link for people to connect and offer humanitarian aid to rural Zimbabwe.
Chris Berry began his study of African music at the age of 15 and then later traveled to Zimbabwe where he lived, worked and studied as a musician for a number of years. Most of his training took place at the Mapira ceremonies. In these ceremonies, he apprenticed with and accompanied his teachers. Today Chris leads the internationally-renown band Panjea that uses the mbira as the basis for much of the band's music.
Bongo Boys of Zimbabwe(known outside Colorado as Bongo Love) was formed in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe by John Mambira, who still heads up the band and Nhlanhla Ngwenya who has now moved to the UK to work on a drumming project. With John playing drums and providing lead vocals, Mista Ruddy was recruited for the lead marimba, Trymore Jombo for mbira and Mpho Mambira for the baritone marimba. "Afro-coustics", as they call their genre, is a unique combination of styles delivered on these traditional instruments with lyrics in English, Shona and Ndebele.
Michael Breez has dedicated himself to the study of Shona music from Zimbabwe for 30 years. Along with his mentor, the late Dr. Abraham Dumisani Maraire, Michael has toured the US. In the earlys 1980s, they performed in Mozambique and Zimbabwe. Michael and his wife Osha founded the Rufaro School of Marimba and the professional performing/recording group Musasa Marimba Ensemble. Michael now teaches marimba to people of all ages throughout the US and internationally. He offers marimba classes, workshops and retreats for the general public, private and public schools and in youth correctional/rehabilitation programs.
Patience Chaitezvi, a native Zimbabwean, grew up immersed in mbira music within her family. She learned to play mbira from her mother, who is a traditional healer and medium of several spirits, and her brothers. She has played mbira in traditional Shona ceremonies all her life. Patience also plays hosho and ngoma. She is an experienced and accomplished traditional Shona dancer and a very patient teacher. She is one of the only Zimbabwean mbira players to have both a university degree and extensive experience playing mbira music in traditional ceremonies. Patience now works as a high school teacher and this is her second ZimFest.
Julia Tsitsi Chigamba grew up in the rich cultural traditions of Shona music and dance. She is the daughter of the highly respected gwenyambira, Sekuru Chigamba, and a longtime member of Mhembero, the Chigamba family dance and mbira ensemble. Julia came to the US in 1999. Two years later, in Oakland, California, she established the organization Tawanda muChinyakare and the music and dance company Chinyakare to share the beauty and wisdom of her culture in the US. Julia continues to teach dance, music and culture in Oakland schools and in the community.
Dr. Pride Chigwedere is an affiliate of the Harvard AIDS Initiative. He trained and worked as a physician at Harare Central Hospital, Zimbabwe, and then moved to the Harvard School of Public Health where he completed a doctorate in immunology and infectious diseases and post-doctoral training with renowned retrovirologist, Dr. Max Essex. He is the lead author of the paper published in the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes estimating the human toll of South Africa's AIDS policies, which has received world-wide publicity. Dr. Chigwedere enjoys playing the Dambatsoko Mbira.
Lora Lue Chiorah-Dye, a native Zimbabwean, came to the U.S. in1970 to study and educate people about her culture. She has a BA from Evergreen State College in Music and Dance. She performed with Dr. Abraham Dumisani Maraire and Minanzi Marimba Ensemble, co-founded Gwinyai Mbira and Dance, co-founded Langston Hughes Marimba Ensemble that led to her current ensemble, Sukutai. She is the Artistic Director of LORA & Sukutai Marimba and Dance Ensemble, which has traveled throughout Europe, the US and Canada. Her passion to spread Zimbabwean culture has made her a well-known musician and award-winning choreographer.
Ronnie Daliyo was a principal dancer and musician with Mhembero Dance Company for 10 years. He is an inspiring and powerful dancer, marimba player, drummer, and teacher. He has toured the US and has been a workshop instructor in Oakland, at the Zimbabwean Music Festival in Olympia, the Mosaic Men's Retreat in Mendocino, and many other schools and studios across the country. He is a guest performer and teacher with the Chinyakare Ensemble of Oakland. He is available to teach workshops throughout North America in dance, drumming, marimba, and vocals.
Rujeko Dumbutshena was born and raised in Zimbabwe, Her early life was profoundly influenced by African musicians, healers, and Shona tradition. She left Africa to continue her education in America. Currently she teaches African dance in New York, tours nationally and internationally, and hosts cultural tours to southern Africa.
Sally Eilering-Sorenson has a Bachelor of Science in Education for Kindergarten through 8th grade, with a music endorsement, as well as a Masters of Education with emphasis in the Creative Arts. She has taught privately for over 30 years and in the public schools for the past eleven years. With the help of Tina Gospodnetich, Sally has introduced marimba ensembles in three elementary schools in the Coeur d'Alene District.
Tina Gospodnetich has been playing with the Coeur d'Alene Marimba Band (Coeurimba) for 15 years. She has also been volunteering her time and expertise with four separate school marimba programs for the past four years.
Marian Grabanier acquired an mbira in 1991 that was made by Chris Mhlanga. She learned Nhemamusasa from a numerical chart given to her by Ephat Mujuru. She became a self-proclaimed fanatic about Zimbabwean music playing with Boka Marimba. In 1994 she moved to Berkeley to study with Erica Azim. Three years later she returned to Portland and Boka Marimba. Since that time, she has studied with many mbira masters. In 1998, she and Nathan Beck formed Njuzu Mbira and have performed together since. She has taught mbira workshops for a number of years at Camp Tumbuka and at several ZimFests.
Trymore Jombo started his music career spinning records, then known as "Lt. Zorro" by friends from his childhood neighborhood of Chitungwiza. Unfulfilled by this path, he began studying marimba and mbira on his own and later trained to be a sound engineer, which led him to John Mambira. They were both employed by Dumi Ngulube's band at the time and it didn't take long for the two to see the potential they had together. Also known as "Guchi," meaning "sweeter than sugar," Trymore provides those delicious mbira lines as well as back-up vocals for Bongo Boys of Zimbabwe.
Joel Laviolette has been a professional mbira player for 15 years. He spent two years in Zimbabwe, and has toured internationally playing mbira, marimba, and guitar. While in Zimbabwe, Joel traveled constantly meeting musicians, playing ceremonies, and talking to musicians who were interested in recording. He recorded many of the rare types of mbira including the ChiSanza, Munyonga, Njari, mbira orchestra, Matepe, Nyanga (panpipes), Mbira DzaVaNdau, as well as several of the players of the Mbira DzaVaDzimu. These recordings can be heard on Mhumhi Records.
Jacob Mafuleni (Soko) is a multitalented qwenyambira who is as equally adept at the ngoma as he is at the mbira. His Dongonda (sub-rhythm) mbira in Mbira dzeMuninga fleshes out Peaches' bass and Mudyanevana's lead mbiras, giving voice to the rich harmonies and intricate interlocking parts that emerge from multiple players. Soko is a highly sought-after musician in Zimbabwe, performing with renowned musician Chiwoniso Maraire & Vibe Culture as well as other bands when he's not playing with Mbira dzeMuninga.
Mudavanhu "Muda" Magaya was born into a traditional family of mbira players and is the son of well known mbira scholar and teacher Cosmas Magaya. He studied mbira with his father, Courage Njenge and Simon Hoto. Muda is the leader of the ensemble Mhuri yekwa Magaya and has taught and performed mbira throughout Zimbabwe.
Farai Makombe was born and raised in Masvingo. She attained a BA Honors in African Languages and Literature from the University of Zimbabwe. Farai taught "A" level Shona and Geography in Harare before moving to the US where she earned a Masters and PhD in Human Resources Development from Colorado State University. She currently works for a non-profit organization in Fort Collins, Colorado. Although Farai may have changed professions, teaching is still her passion, particularly cross-cultural education. Farai also enjoys working with children of all ages. She loves music and believes that music has somewhat intangible powers.
John Mambira can be credited as the brains of the Bongo Boys of Zimbabwe and has been involved in many forms of art: acting, dancing, singing and playing music. Before starting Bongo Boys of Zimbabwe he worked with various groups, both amature and professional, and has taught workshops at many festivals. A phenomenal drummer, marimba player and singer with a wide vocal range, he heads up most of the arrangements and writes the lyrics to their songs.
Mpho Mambira, member of Bongo Boys of Zimbabwe, grew up playing his father's drums with his brother John. He also experimented with dancing as a youngster, which he still employs during performances. When John brought home a marimba one day, Mpho, also known as "Shoes" excitedly started experimenting on the baritone and never put down the mallets. Like John, he has involved himself with many community music projects over the years and has made it his job to keep the band focused and on task. He is the backbone on the baritone, playing with ease and confidence.
Zivanai Masango and Pachedu, a native Zimbabwean, is an amazingly versatile musician, performer and teacher of Zimbabwean music and culture. Primarily a guitarist, he also plays trumpet, keyboards, mbira and marimba, among other instruments. Zivanai has appeared on hundreds of recordings in various capacities, played trumpet and guitar with Thomas Mapfumo, is currently lead guitarist in Chris Berry's exceptional pop band, Panjea and directs several of his own bands in Boulder Colorado, including his professional group, Pachedu. He is also a well respected sound engineer and producer and has released several CDs of his own compositions.
Paul Mataruse is originally from Bikita, in the southeastern province of Masvingo, Zimbabwe. Paul has been playing marimba since he was a young boy and is known for his complex, beautiful compositions and arrangements. He has taught in schools in and around the Mashonaland, West Province of Zimbabwe, as well as in primary schools in Harare. He is currently living, working and playing marimba in the Seattle area with his band Ruvizo.
Matemai and Simboti. Matemai, also known as Newton (Gwara) Cheza Chozengwa, learnedto play mbira while at school in Mangwende, in Mhondoro Reserve. As a schoolboy, he was so taken with mbira music that he heard it in his head all day at school. When the teacher turned from the chalkboard to speak to the class, young Newton would see a mbira in place of his head! Considered one of Zimbabwe's finest living mbira players, Matemai is a multi-talented instrumentalist, equally adept on marimba and electric guitar. He is also a self-taught instrument maker who builds mbiras for sale. Touring with Matemai will be Tinirai Jonathan "Simboti" Mazura. Mazura plays the kushaura or lead mbira, while Matemai plays the kutsinhira or following mbira, interweaving intricate counter-rhythms and bass lines into the mix. They offer instruction in mbira, Shona vocals, hosho and mbira-style arrangements for marimba ensembles.
Sheasby Matiure is a highly respected Zimbabwean musician, adept at playing mbira, ngoma, hosho and marimba, and teaching choral singing. He has traveled far and wide conducting workshops and lecture demonstrations in Sweden, Norway, Australia, the US and many African countries. From 1997 to 1999, Sheasby was an artist in residence with the International Vocal Ensemble at Indiana University. He recently completed a PhD in Ethnomusicology at Indiana University. He now teaches at the University of Zimbabwe in Harare.
Mbira dze Muninga is a four-piece ensemble that plays traditional mbira music from the Shona people of Zimbabwe. Known as gwenyambiras (master mbira players) in their country to recognize their roles in traditional spiritual ceremonies of the Shona people, these performances have rekindled an interest in traditional music among young urban Zimbabwean more accustomed to Western forms of popular music. Gwenyambiras Jacob Mafuleni, Micah Munhemo, Tonderai Ndava and Peacheson Ngoshi will be touring the United States from April 29 through August 28, 2009.
Eric Reggie Miller started playing Zimbabwean music in 1996 and a year later was playing with Boka Marimba. He was given a solid foundation in the traditional Shona mbira repertoire. With his own band, he began fusing his lyrics and style using his guitar and bass with that of the traditional mbira repertoire. He has visited Zimbabwe to experience the culture, study mbira, and give back to the people. Eric has performed with some of the top Shona artists since 1998. Eric recorded and toured internationally with Thomas Mapfumo. Eric taught marimba in schools since 2003 and formed the youth band "Supadupa Marimba Bros".
Maria Minnaar-Bailey has been immersed in Shona music since her childhood in Zimbabwe, with a focus on church music. She was a member and bandleader of one of the first high school marimba bands in Bulawayo, and has continued to teach and arrange music for marimbas since moving to Texas in 1984. Maria is the author of a series of teaching books/CDs for Zimbabwe-style marimbas: Chaia Marimba Books 1, 2 and 3. She recently collaborated with Dr. Patrick Matsikenyiri to combine marimbas with choral music in church. The results of this collaboration are found in Chaia Marimba Music Book 3.
Lucky Moyo is an arts practitioner, arts lobbyist, event manager, producer, director, singer, songwriter, voice coach and workshop leader. In the past 18 years, Lucky has visited 30 countries around the world and performed to audiences of all sizes. He has shared stages with many mainstream artists and performed for dignitaries such as Nelson Mandela and Queen Elizabeth II. He has appeared on programs such as Blue Peter, prime time on City TV-Toronto and venues such as the JFK Center in Washington DC, Opera de Paris and Ronnie Scotts. Lucky is an avid supporter of ZimFest.
Kurai Blessing Mubaiwa grew up in Mutimbanyoka, Zimbabwe. He learned to sing, dance and play mbira and drums in traditional village gatherings. In 1994 Kurai joined Savannah Arts Group in Harare, where he learned to play marimba. He taught cultural arts in Denmark and toured West Africa and Europe with Chiwoniso Maraire and opened for Cesaria Evora. Kurai immigrated to Vancouver in 2002. There he began teaching at the Britannia World Music Program instructing children and youth marimba classes. He continues to instruct mbira and drumming workshops.
Edmond Micah Munhemo (Mudyanevana) is Mbira dze Muninga's sekuru (elder) and has a deep sense of history and a presence that bespeaks of a shaman. In Mbira dzeMuninga's repertoire, his Nheketo (high lead) mbira lines are sparsely laid out and yet have the effect of filling the whole sound. His graceful presence and backing vocals make Mbira dzeMuninga live performances unmistakably special, as if one is in the middle of a healing ceremony at the same time that one is dancing to their music. Countless times, audiences have been drawn to tears as soon as Mudyanevana's nheketo mbira comes in, as if their souls have been touched by the mbira and spoken to in a way that can only be understood in the spirit world. His facial expressions when he plays the mbira are those of a man playing with, and for the spirits.
Tendai Muparutsa was born, raised and educated in Mutare Zimbabwe before moving on to higher levels of education in Harare. He is currently an Ethnomusicology PhD candidate at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada. Tendai is a performer and has evolved as a music instructor by studying and learning about the profession of teaching. He teaches mbira dzavadzimu, mbira nyunga nyunga, marimba, dance, Shona singing styles, hosho, story telling, children's games, guitar finger picking in mbira music and ensembles involving these instruments. Tendai's motto is "Let's all work together and let music be the winner."
Tonderai Ndava (Mwendamberi) is the youngest member of Mbira dzeMuninga, though to watch the transformation he undergoes on-stage, one would not guess that at 26 years old, this gwenyambira is routinely summoned to play at traditional spiritual ceremonies in his village, an honor few mbira players experience in their lifetime. Mwendamberi plays the Hweva (rhythm) mbira and often fills in on the Nheketo in some of Mbira dzeMuninga's performances. His mbira style is highly improvisational and yet deeply spiritual at the same time. Eyes closed for most of the performance, pacing back and forth as if playing a little game with the audience, Mwendamberi is entertaining to watch when he gets into a groove, as he starts to wildly shake his dreadlocks in sync with what he is playing.
Peacheson Ngoshi (Mhofu)'s hosho is the crucial backbone to everything that happens in a Mbira dzeMuninga performance. Often understated in his playing, Mhofu can whip a Mbira dzeMuninga arrangement into a frenzy with the stroke of one hand so subtly that it almost seems as if he is whispering into everyone's ear that they need to speed up. In addition to his hosho, Mhofu plays the Nhovapasi (bass) mbira with the group.
Katharine Noll has explored the world through artmaking, music, and craft since childhood, leading to a passion for sharing the pleasure of creative exploration with children, particularly when drawing inspiration from African art and music sources. She received her BFA in 1982 from University of Washington and her MFA in 1989 from Yale University. She taught art to public school children in NYC. She is the Kutandara Center's summer camp Art Instructor and has developed costuming for musical theater. She enjoys learning mbira songs and playing marimba with her daughter.
Sarah Noll traveled to Zimbabwe in 1991 to study dance and music. She is currently a member of Chinyakare ensemble in Oakland, Californiia and is in her tenth year at Head-Royce School. She teaches and performs in her position as an elementary school music and movement specialist. She is a nationally recognized presenter of Orff–Schulwerk, an approach to teaching music and movement, and has presented sessions and performances at several National Conferences. In 2007, she was awarded the Chao Family Chair for her work to promote global education through music and dance.
Armando Ortega has studied and played Zimbabwean music since 1992. He has incorporated African rhythm and songs into the New Mexico Jazz Workshop's "Kid's Jazz Camp" for the last three years. Armando plays guitar, mbira, hosho and sings lead vocals. His band, Wagogo, has been performing for 15 years, including 3 ZimFests. Armando has taught hosho and Zimbabwe-style guitar for the last six years at Bantu Camp and Camp Tumbuka in New Mexico. Armando has traveled to Zimbabwe twice in pursuit of music and spiritual knowledge and found it there. "Viva Zimbabwe!"
Jake Roberts began studying marimba and mbira at Kutsinhira Cultural Arts Center in Eugene, Oregon, when he was 8 years old. He is a founding member of Hokoyo Marimba and a member of Zambuko. He performed mbira with Cosmas Magaya and Ambuya Beauler Dyoko, and taught marimba at Kutsinhira for several years. He has learned from the masters of Shona music. Hokoyo's repertoire includes several mbira pieces that Jake arranged for marimba, including Todzungaira and Shumba. Jake is also experienced in classical music, audio engineering, and computer-aided music composition.
Val Rogers expands and enriches the community singing experience. After 15 years leading community choirs, Val recently began teaching at world music camps, festivals, and workshops. In 2007 she toured professionally with the vocal ensemble Northern Harmony, performing and teaching South African and other world vocal music in Europe. Her knowledge and love of this song and dance tradition has been nurtured by Zimbabwean, South African, and North American teachers. She regularly organizes and presents world music camps, concerts, and workshops near her hometown of Eugene, Oregon.
Ruzivo is a marimba band led by Paul Mataruse on Whidbey Island outside of Seattle, Washington. Paul Mataruse is originally from Bikita, in the southeastern province of Masvingo. Paul has been playing marimba for since he was a young boy and is known for his complexly beautiful compositions and arrangements. He has taught in schools in and around the Mashonaland West Province of Zimbabwe as well as in primary schools in Harare. Ruzivo often teaches workshops together as a band and has popularized this band approach to teaching workshops.
Cindy Scarberry is a nationally-certified music teacher and co-founded Oklahoma's first children's World Music and Marimba Ensemble. Her passion for multicultural arts integration led to many grant opportunities and collaborations. She won the Fulbright Memorial Fund Fellowship. She received her BA in music education and additional Kodaly training from the University of Oklahoma. In addition to teaching, Cindy Scarberry is a professional singer, songwriter and studio vocalist. She is the executive director of a nonprofit organization where she directs a weekly show and educational programs.
Sheree Seretse has been studying,teaching and performing since 1970. Dumisani Maraire,Lora Chiorah, Ephat Mujuru, Claire Jones, Alport Mhlanga are just a few of the many artists Sheree has studied and performed with. Sheree is currently the director of 3 marimba ensembles, Anzanga, Shumba and Zambuko. Sheree teaches at 3 elementary schools and the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center in Seattle. Sheree has produced 6 recordings and has appeared on a few others. She is well versed in marimba, mbira, dance, drums and children's games.
Jon Stubbs took up playing trombone when he was a spirited youth, later studying trombone at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. He now teaches music to the spirited youths at Alexander Dawson School. Jon is one of the founding members of the fascinating band, Hamster Theatre and the trombone player for Boulder's Kutandara Marimba Experience. In addition to composing and arranging for Hamster Theatre and his band classes, Jon has composed and produced original scores for television programs and dance performances.
Stefani Stuemky is a physical education teacher at Monroe Elementary School in Norman, Oklahoma where she assists with "Manyawi!", the state's first children's World Music and Marimba Ensemble. In 2006, she was awarded the Fund for Teachers and Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence fellowship enabling her and two colleagues to work with the non-profit organization, Ancient Ways, while studying culture and music in Zimbabwe.
Peter Swing has worked full time teaching, building instruments and performing marimba music of Zimbabwe since 1996. He enjoyed adding his own songs of mbira music to this tradition. He first learned the music with Dr. Abraham Dumisani Maraire in 1988, and then in workshops with Boka Marimba, where he served as music director. With his wife Mikaela he founded Tatenda Music Center based on their land in New Mexico. Together with their children and extended family, they share the music through Trillium Marimba Ensemble.
Tariro was founded in 2003 and works in Zimbabwe to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS by educating young women. Located in the high-density neighborhood of Glen Norah in Harare, Tariro enables young women who have been orphaned by AIDS to complete a secondary school education, which dramatically reduces their risk of contracting HIV/AIDS.
Karin Tauscher began playing Zimbabwean music in 1995, and has since studied with a variety of North American and Zimbabwean teachers. Currently residing in Hood River, Oregon, Karin teaches classes for elementary-aged youth through adults and directs two student bands, Chigwaya Youth Marimba and Marimba Musango. She enjoys hosting Zimbabwean teachers in her home studio, encouraging her students to learn the music from our friends at the source. Karin has had the joy of playing with Boka Marimba since 2005.
Mandy Walker-LaFollette was introduced to Zimbabwean music as a toddler when her parents began taking classes at Kutsinhira Cultural Arts Center in Eugene, Oregon. She soon dabbled with playing marimba. She began seriously studying mbira in 1998 and marimba in 2000. Her teachers include Musekiwa Chingodza, Cosmas Magaya, Ambuya Beauler Dyoko, Sheasby Matiure, and Paul Mataruse. Sh eperforms with Hokoyo and Jenaguru Marimba. Mandy has arranged and co-arranged several mbira songs for marimba, including Nyuchi, Mukatiende, Unozofa, and Dangurangu.
Wanda Walker taught marimba at Kutsinhira Cultural Arts Center in Eugene, Oregon, since 1999 and privately since 2002. She performs with Jenaguru and Zambuko, both ensembles at Kutsinhira. Wanda studied with Zimbabwean musicians Cosmas Magaya, Musekiwa Chingodza, Ambuya Beauler Dyoko, Sheasby Matiure, Irene Chigamba, and Paul Mataruse, among others. Wanda has arranged several traditional mbira songs for marimba, and has developed a fondness for teaching young people.
Madafo Lloyd Wilson's mother told bedtime stories about his ancestry as a boy, which he then passed on to his children and grandchildren. They entertained and educated him in his responsibility to self, family and community. Madafo presents his story programs throughout the world. He will often accompany a story with creative movement and/or traditional African percussive instruments. Madafo writes, directs and hosts a Kwanzaa radio program sponsored by Public Radio International (PRI), and featuring folklore from throughout the African Diaspora.
Ted Wright's love for Shona music started with Marimba Muzuva in 1993. He has taught marimba, mbira, chipendani and gumboot dancing for many years. He studied and performed with many of Zimbabwe's top traditional musicians. Ted's musical projects have included the world beat improvisational ensemble Spirit Gate, mbira quartet Choto, and Zimbabwean roots dance bands Zimfusion and Jambanja. Ted teaches workshops, school groups, and ongoing classes. He founded Bopoma on Vancouver Island, a center for Southern African music and dance. He's been to Zimbabwe three times to study the music and culture at length.