23rd Annual Celebration of Zimbabwean Music and Dance, Tacoma WA, July 24-27

Zimfest attracts Zimbabwean music and culture experts from around the world to teach festival participants.

Zimfest attracts Zimbabwean music and culture experts from around the world to teach festival participants.

Tacoma, Washington, May 29, 2014 (McKenzieNewsService.com) – The 23rd Annual Zimbabwean Music Festival will be held at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA, on July 24-27, 2014. This “everyone-can-participate” festival offers three days of workshops on diverse aspects of Zimbabwean culture, free afternoon concerts, an African Marketplace and ticketed evening concerts. On opening night, July 24, internationally acclaimed Afro-fusion sensation Mokoomba, led by talented vocalist Mathias Muzaza, draws on traditional Tonga music while embracing the diverse music cultures of southern Africa. Enjoy Mokoomba in performance: Mokoomba will perform at 9 PM following the free Zimfest Opening Ceremony. Those purchasing Mokoomba tickets only may buy through Brown Paper tickets.

Program Chinyakare

Program Chinyakare

July 25-27 featured Zimbabwean performers will include Afro Jazz artist Selmor Mtukudzi, Master mbira players Cosmas, Magaya and Musekiwa Chingodza, Julia Chigamba and Chinyakare Dance Troupe, and Loveness Wesa and the Bantus. • Evening concerts start 7:30 pm, July 24-July 27. • Afternoon concerts and the Zimfest marketplace open 10 am to 5 pm, July 25-27 • Purchase concert tickets online when you register for Zimfest workshops and housing at https://2014.zimfest.org or at the door. • Tickets are $20 Mokoomba, $16 all other nights. logo wide Valuing education as well as performance, Zimfest attracts Zimbabwean music and culture experts from around the world to teach festival participants. Workshops are available on everything from basic drumming to Ndebele language to traditional Shona mbira and the irresistible, effervescent marimba. Continuing Education clock hours are available for classroom teachers, a sign of Zimfest’s commitment to a long-lasting positive impact on the Pacific Northwest music community. Visit https://2014.zimfest.org for information and workshop schedules. Media Contact: Claire Jones Email: 2014@zimfest.org Phone: 206 328-4011

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