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 2014 will take place July 24–27 at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington. Thursday July 24th is Zimfest Pre-Fest when you can schedule 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 starts in earnest with three days of workshops, afternoon and evening concerts, and the African marketplace.

We are thrilled to welcome to Zimfest for the first time (pending visa approvals): dancer Caroline Mangwiro from Bulawayo and marimba specialist Patience Musandirire, who is currently teaching in Botswana. Some of our returning Zimbabwean friends who will be attending this year (also pending visa approvals) are: Cosmas Magaya, Musekiwa Chingodza and Sheasby Matiure, all coming from Zimbabwe; Lucky Moyo, England; Nhapitapi Mbira, Toronto; Julia Chigamba and Chinyakare, Oakland; and Loveness Wesa from Portland. We hope to be able to announce more exciting news about this year’s lineup in the very near future. 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.

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Festival news & web site changes

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