Department of Drama 2016-17 Season

Musekiwa Chingodza was born into a family of great mbira players in Mwangara village, Murehwa, 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. In 1991 Musekiwa was a key member of the band Panjea, founded by Chris Berry. He formerly taught mbira at Prince Edward School in Harare for many years and continues to be in demand to play mbira at ceremonies in Zimbabwe.

Chingodza is an excellent singer, dancer, and drummer, and plays both mbira dzavadzimu and nyunga nyunga. He arranges and teaches Zimbabwean-style marimba and loves to work with children, youth and adults. He has recorded five CDs, the latest release being Tomutenda Mambo (with Bud Cohen, 2011). Chingodza is also an accomplished ngoma (drum) player in the Shona tradition, and he excels in playing hosho (gourd shakers), singing, marimba, and traditional dance.

Presented by Syracuse University's College of Arts and Sciences as part of the course Performance Live (HOM 195).


Free and open to the public.


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