The Zimbabwean Music Festival is an annual celebration of Zimbabwean music and culture. A fun-filled three-day weekend of concerts, workshops, community conversations, a marketplace and more, Zimfest is the largest annual gathering in North America of students, teachers, performers, and fans of Zimbabwean music. More...

Zimfest 2015 location and dates have not been determined yet. Several potential locations are being explored.

Zimfest 2014 took place July 24–27 at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington. Thursday July 24th was Zimfest Pre-Fest, for private lessons during the day, followed by the opening ceremony in the evening and a special opening night concert with Mokoomba. On Friday the full schedule began in earnest with three days of workshops, afternoon and evening concerts, and the African marketplace. Read More...

In addition to Mokoomba, we were thrilled to welcome for the first time at Zimfest marimba specialist Patience Musandirire, who is currently teaching in Botswana, and Jimu Makurumbandi, a Savannah Arts alumnus carrying out a one-year dance residency in Seattle. Returning Zimbabwean friends who were with us this year are: Cosmas Magaya, Musekiwa Chingodza and Sheasby Matiure, all coming from Zimbabwe; Lucky Moyo, England; Kurai Blessing Mubaiwa and Nhapitapi Mbira, Canada; and Loveness Wesa from Portland. As in previous years, many talented and experienced North American teachers and performers rounded out our workshop and concert schedule. More...

Zimfest 2013 returned to the beautiful campus of Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington on June 27–30. The 22nd annual Zimbabwean Music Festival, themed “One world, many voices,” celebrated not only the diversity within our community but the bond that we all share in our love of Zimbabwean music and culture. We were excited about the Zimfest debuts this year of Nhapitapi Mbira, a Toronto-based Zimbabwean trio consisting of Evelyn Mukwedeya, Moyo Rainos Mutamba, and Memory Makuri; and Jona Masiya, a ngoma specialist resident in Virginia. Additionally, after an absence of several years, we welcomed back Cosmas Magaya, Lucky Moyo and Michael Sibanda. We were also pleased to welcome Kurai Blessing Mubaiwa, Jacob Mafuleni and Martha Thom, and Paul Mataruse.


Festival news & web site changes

May 21  We have made a few workshop changes. For more details, see the ZA Blog post Zimfest 2014 Updates. For this and future 2014 updates, check the Zimfest 2014 News & Updates page.

May 17  Online registration is now open for the 2014 Zimbabwean Music Festival.

March 30, 2014  Marketplace vendor information and applications are now available. The deadline to apply is June 30th.

January 15, 2014  Applications to teach workshops or perform at Zimfest 2014 are now available. The deadline to apply is February 28.

October 24, 2013  Zimfest 2014 will take place July 24-27 at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington.

October 24, 2013  The Zimfest Association board of directors has set up the Zimfest Association Blog. The board will use the blog to communicate with Zimfest membership and participants. Regular updates will include monthly synopses of the board meetings, activities being undertaken by the board, general updates on strategy, calls for help, etc. In addition, the Zimfest organizing committee will use this blog to provide updates on the organization of the annual festival. The board also hopes the blog becomes a mechanism for a rich dialog between the board and Zimfest participants.

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Zimfest 2005 finale