Musekiwa Chingodza

mbira master

Musekiwa Chingodza was born 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

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Cosmas Magaya

Cosmas Magaya (born 1953) is an internationally renowned Zimbabwean mbira player, teacher and cultural ambassador. Raised in the rural areas of Mhondoro, Mr. Magaya played an integral role in the research of musicologist Paul Berliner's award-winning book The Soul of Mbira (1978), and also performed mbira on the accompanying audio recordings released by Nonesuch Records. Mr. Magaya has performed internationally in Europe and the US with Mhuri Yekwa Rwizi, and the Zimbabwe Group Leaders Mbira Ensemble, including members Hakurotwi Mude, Beauler Dyoko, Chaka Chawasarira, Simon Magaya and Paul Berliner.


Since 1998, Mr. Magaya has been invited to North America to teach and lecture on the subject of mbira, and has held numerous teaching residencies at academic institutions such as Duke University, Harvard University, Williams College, University of Rochester, among others, and as a result has gained a loyal following of many mbira students throughout North America. In addition to his experience with mbira, Mr. Magaya went to college in Salisbury (now Harare) to study Business, and spent many years working at the Dairiboard as a sales representative and manager.


Aside from his activities in music, Mr. Magaya is also Program Director for Nhimbe for Progress, a non-profit organization serving impoverished villagers in the Mhondoro region of Zimbabwe, and he sits on the Board of Directors of Tariro, a grassroots non-profit organization working in Zimbabwe to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS by educating young women and girls. Cosmas Magaya is also the Village Head of Magaya/Zvidzai Village under Chief Nherera of Mhondoro.

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Stella Chiweshe

Stella Chiweshe

Stella Chiweshe

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Stella Chiweshe (also Stella Rambisai Chiweshe, Stella Rambisai Chiweshe Nekati, or Stella Nekati Chiweshe, b. Mujumi Village, Mhondoro, Zimbabwe, 8 July 1946) is a Zimbabwean musician.

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Forward Kwenda

Forward Kwenda

From his website Forward Kwenda

Forward Kwenda was born in 1971 in the rural Buhera area in Manicaland, an area known for its fierce resistance to colonial rulers and respect for Shona tradition. As a young boy, Forward excelled in traditional dance and recitation of ancient poetry. At the age of 10, he began to play ngoma (drums)

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Chiwoniso Maraire

Chiwoniso Maraire

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Chiwoniso Maraire (5 March 1976 – 24 July 2013) was a Zimbabwean singer, songwriter, and exponent of Zimbabwean mbira music. She was the daughter of Zimbabwean mbira Master and teacher Dumisani Maraire (and former officer in the Zimbabwe

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