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 will be held August 13–16 on the campus of Western Oregon University. WOU is a campus of about 6,000 located in Monmouth, Oregon, 20 minutes west of Salem. We are thrilled to announce that we will be welcoming to Zimfest for the first time: magwenyambira “Samaita” Vitalis Wilbert Botsa from Murehwa; Chaka Mhembere, formerly of the Blacks Unlimited and now living in Eugene; and (pending visa approvals) the Vancouver duo Mbira Spirit, consisting of Karoi native Tafadzwa Matamba and Amy Matamba. The Muchineripi family band, Chihera, will join us from Denver. Some of our returning Zimbabwean friends who will be attending this year (pending visa approvals) are: marimba specialist Patience Musandirire, who is currently teaching in Botswana; Patience Chaitezvi Munjeri from Chinoyi, Zimbabwe; Kurai Blessings Mubaiwa, from Vancouver, BC; Zivanai Masango, San Diego; Rujeko Dumbutshena of Albuquerque, Mandla Kaunda of Tacoma and Paul Mataruse from Seattle. Read More...

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Festival news & web site changes

April 16  Announcing the lineup of Zimbabwean guest performers and teachers at Zimfest 2015 (subject to change, of course). See the Zimfest 2015 web site. marketplace vendor information and applications are now available. The deadline to apply is July 20th.

February 10, 2015  Applications to teach or perform at Zimfest 2015 are now available at https://2015.zimfest.org. The deadline to apply is March 15.

November 26, 2014  Zimfest 2015 will be held August 13-16 on the campus of Western Oregon University. WOU is a campus of about 6,000 located in Monmouth, Oregon, 20 minutes west of Salem.

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