Musekiwa Chingodza: Zimbabwean Mbira Player

Musekiwa Chingodza, Zimbabwean mbira player, visits Cal State East Bay for a workshop and performance on October 26, 2016.

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Musekiwa Chingodza was born into a family of great mbira players in Mwangara village, Murewa, Zimbabwe, in1970. 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.” In 1991 Musekiwa was a key member of the band Panjea, founded by Chris Berry. He composed the hit song “Ganda” on Panjea’s Zimbabwean album. Currently Musekiwa teaches mbira at Prince Edward School in Harare. He is an excellent singer, dancer and drummer and plays both mbira dzavadzimu and nyunga nyunga. Following up on his widely acclaimed CD with Jennifer Kyker, entitled “Tsunga,” Musekiwa released his CD “VaChingodza Budai Pachena.” His solo CD, “Kutema Musasa,” was released in late 2005. His newest CD, Muronda Tsimba, released in 2009, is a return to successful collaboration with Jennifer Kyker.

Musekiwa is also an accomplished ngoma (drum) player in the Shona tradition, and he excels in playing hosho (gourd shakers), singing, and traditional dance. He is very experienced at teaching all of these skills to North Americans in a friendly and supportive way. Musekiwa has enjoyed many successful North American tours, often accompanied by his friend and mbira partner, Bud Cohen. 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.

Event Information

Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Masterclass at 2 p. m. in MB 1055
Performance at 7:30 p. m. in MB 1055

Contact Information

For any questions please contact Peter Marsh (Director of Graduate Studies):, or the MRC (510) 885-3167.

Ticketing Information

Free and open to the public

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