Dedicated to the music and people of Zimbabwe
kutsinhira… to follow one who has cut a path, tilled the soil, put forth a musical phrase. In Zimbabwean musical tradition, a melodic line that responds to the lead line of an mbira song.
Kutsinhira Cultural Arts Center…a community of people in and near Eugene, Oregon, responding to the rich musical tradition of the people of Zimbabwe by creating a center for teaching and performing Zimbabwean music. Kutsinhira Cultural Arts Center is a non-profit organization founded in 1990. Kutsinhira offers classes in Zimbabwean marimba and mbira, and organizes lessons and workshops with visiting Zimbabwean master musicians.
Kwaziwai students, families and supporters – as our school year begins I’d like to welcome our students back. Our teaching program is stronger and larger than ever with 4 childrens’ marimba classes, 5 adult marimba classes including a new beginners class for the fall quarter, 2 mbira classes and a southern African singing class taught by our newest teacher Ratie Dangarembwa. This past year John Mambira also taught a Rhythms of Zimbabwe class for our youngest students aged 8-12. We hope to offer this class again in the near future.
Kutsinhira’s repertoire began with Dumisani Maraire compositions and arrangements. Over our 30 year history, we’ve learned songs from an ever expanding group of teachers and musicians. We recently attempted to catalog this repertoire in to a simple spreadsheet database. It is meant both as a resource and historical record of how this music came to Kutsinhira. We welcome comments and suggested additions or edits. Kutsinhira Repertoire
Kutsinhira Cultural Arts Center
P.O. Box 50823
Eugene, OR 97405