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Sat, Oct 23


Bonny Doon

Santa Cruz Mbira Immersion Day!

A Day Filled with Music & Community SATURDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2021 Immerse yourself in the traditional music and dance of Zimbabwe in a serene outdoor setting in the redwoods! Workshops are planned for all levels on mbira, drumming, hosho, dance, and singing. Evening Zimbabwean dinner, concert & more!

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Santa Cruz Mbira Immersion Day!
Santa Cruz Mbira Immersion Day!

Time & Location

Oct 23, 2021, 9:30 AM – 8:30 PM

Bonny Doon, Bonny Doon, CA 95060, USA


About the Event


Salani Wamkanganise naGaadza – mbira

Julia Tsitsi Chigamba – drum, dance, hosho

Kelly Takunda Orphan – nyunga nyunga, singing

Zimbabwean m music and dance offer us a profound opportunity to celebrate the genius of Zimbabwean culture and experience the value of community and connection.We will be exposed to dances such as Dinhe (focusing on the earth – picking up all the things people have left – COVID-reunion – sharing of stories – restoring what was lost) and the Mauya Mauya/welcome dance (dancing with baskets/gourds on our heads), as well as mbira and nyunga nyunga songs to play and sing.But on this day our instructors are less concerned about the commodifying of Zimbabwean art (the rush or push to “acquire” more songs, dances, and material), but are more concerned with connecting ourselves with each other, with our bodies, and with the earth.We look forward to seeing what we will create and explore as a community.message from the teachers~ Julia Tsitsi Chigamba, Salani Wamkanganise naGaadza, Kelly Takunda Orphan

COST$100-150 Sliding Scale: Full Day including vegetarian lunch, Zimbabwean dinner and evening performanceYou may also sign up for part of the day’s events:

  • Workshops: $20/hour – 20% discount if you take 4+ hrs
  • Lunch: $10
  • Dinner + evening entertainment: $15-$30 sliding scale
  • Work trade available for a limited number of folks; please inquire if interested

Walk-ins will be accommodated as space permits. SCHEDULE9:30 am – Check-in10:00 am – 6:15 pm – Workshops (including breaks).6:30 pm – Dinner, performance and mbira party into the evening>> VIEW WORKSHOP SCHEDULEPlease bring your instruments for the workshops you are interested to attend, and we also have some loaner instruments available –please let us know in advance what instrument you would like to borrow.If you have any extra of the below that you are willing to share, please also let us know (thank you!)

  • Mbira + Deze (Nyamaropa tuning, Magaya pitch)
  • Nyunga Nyunga (in F, 16-key)
  • Drums (cowskin preferred, congas, etc)
  • Hosho

LOCATIONThe camp is held at the Moeller’s residence located in Bonny Doon about a 20 minute drive from the city of Santa Cruz. We can send detailed directions upon registration.You may camp on the property if you wish to stay over, but please us know in advance, and bring breakfast supplies or a donation toward the hosts’ groceries.REGISTRATION & INFOTO RSVP CLICK HEREAll scheduled events will take place outdoors, so bring layers of clothing. Inquire before registering if you are not fully vaccinated.A non-refundable $20 deposit must be received by October 16 for full day attendees to reserve your spot (so we can plan the food needs). On the day of the event, please bring cash/personal checks for any remaining payments as internet will not be available.Deposits or full advance payment can be made by personal check (made out to Betty Weiss, 225 Crook Road, Los Gatos CA 95033), PayPal (, or Venmo (@Betty-Weiss-1, digits 1578). On the day of the event, please bring cash/personal checks for any remaining payments as internet will not be available.There will also be items available to purchase: Zimbabwean instruments, designer African clothing made by Julia Tsitsi Chigamba (Tsuro Collection), mbira/deze bags, and more – so bring some extra cash/checks!QUESTIONSbetty.weiss {@} We look forward to seeing you there!

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