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Zimfest 2012

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The Zimbabwean Music Festival, known as Zimfest, is an annual celebration of Zimbabwean music and culture. The first festival was organized in Seattle in 1991 by a small committee of former students of the late Dr. Dumisani Maraire, the dynamic Zimbabwean musician who first introduced marimba and mbira music to the Pacific Northwest. For over 20 years, the festival has moved around the west and is produced entirely by volunteer staff. Please join us this year in Moscow, Idaho at the University of Idaho as we celebrate another fun filled festival.

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  • All payments must be made within one week of registration.
  • All checks must be postmarked by Thursday, July 26, 2012, otherwise register and pay at the festival.
  • If you created an account for Zimfest 2012, you may log in using that account. Otherwise, please create a new account.
  • After you log in, you must create a participant. One account can register multiple participants, useful for family registration.
  • Select a participant, then register for workshops, volunteer shifts and concert tickets.


Festival Overview

Thursday, August 2Private teaching, Mandatory Teacher Orientation and Teacher Briefing, Workshop Session and Welcoming Evening Concert with Nez Perce Tribe
Friday, August 3 Zimfest Workshops, Marketplace, Opening Ceremony, and Concerts
Saturday, August 4Zimfest Workshops, Marketplace, and Concerts
Sunday, August 5Zimbabwean Dinner, Zimfest Workshops, Marketplace, and Concerts

Top News

  • July 30, 2012 — New Workshops added
    • Presentation: Classroom or Audience Rhythm Play with Jaiaen Beck in Session 4. Click here for more information.
    • Mbira: Huya Ndikunyepe with Jacob Mafuleni in Session 5. Click here for more information.
    • Mbira: Chamutengure with Ndiwe Wandinoda Singing with Musekiwa Chingodza in Session 6. Click here for more information.
    • Mbira: Dzoka Kumusha with Kurai Blessing Mubaiwa in Session 6. Click here for more information.
    • Marimba: Snodia with Kurai Blessing Mubaiwa in Session 8. Click here for more information.
  • July 30, 2012 — Cancelled Workshops
    • Session 1, Hosho, Hosho Basics
    • Session 4, Presentation Tech Support for Marimba and Mbira
    • Session 2, Singing, Get Inside Southern African Dance Songs
    • Session 1, Children's Marimba, Major/Minor Marimba Jam
    • Session 2 & 6, Mbira, Intensive: Manhanga Kutapira
    • Session 6, Mbira, Tomutenda Mambo
    • Session 3, Hambura Makaka
    • Session 5, Adv. Mbira, Atuka Mhondoro
  • July 30, 2012 — University of Idaho Credit -- Idaho music teachers may enroll as non-degree seeking students at the UI for 1 credit hour of professional development. Information and course syllabus will be at the Zimfest registration desk at the LLC. You must enroll prior to August 5. A link to the non-degree seeking student information page is here: http://www.uidaho.edu/admissions/nondegree-students-admission-requirements/. Click on Apply Online and set up an account. Once you have your account set up, you can enroll in MUST 505. The course number (CRN) is 82506.
  • July 30, 2012 — Selling CD of Your Performances - If you are an afternoon or evening performer at Zimfest, you have an opportunity to bring your CDs to the Zimfest Marketplace Table for selling. They will also be sold at the evening concerts. We will be asking for groups to take turns volunteering for this service. More information to come.
  • July 30, 2012 — RV Parking -- RV Parking is available for Zimfest 2012 Participants! Click here for more information.
  • July 20, 2012 — New Workshop added -- Bad Romance with Eric Miller in Session 1. Click here for more information.
  • July 19, 2012 — Teacher Clock-hours Approved -- Professors at the University of Idaho have arranged for classroom teachers registered for Zimfest to be able to obtain professional development credit. More details soon...
  • July 18, 2012 — WiFi Access available -- University of Idaho ResNet and ITS will be providing wireless access to all dorm rooms. Detail will be provided on-site at registrations.
  • July 17, 2012 — New Workshop added -- A Marimba Piece Called Mbira with Gary Spalter in Session 5. Click here for more information.
  • July 11, 2012 — Zimbabwean Dinner registration is now OPEN. Pricing has been set at $15 for Adults (12 and up), $8 for Children (4-11), Free for Children (0-3). Please register in the Housing and Dinning sections of your participant overview page.
  • July 9, 2012 — Housing Update! The room offerings have been updated and expanded to reflect changes from the University on availability and pricing. Please see the Housing Update page for more information.
  • July 6, 2012 — New workshop added: Beyond Mbira Tuning: Fixing Mbiras. This will be taught by Leonard Chiyanike (more)
  • July 6, 2012 — What's on YOUR mind? Provide feedback about past, current and future Zimfests on the Survey page.
  • June 21, 2012 — Presentation workshop price reduced to $7 per hour for all presentations!
  • June 15, 2012 — Workshops added with Trymore Jombo and John Mambira (more)
  • June 9, 2012 — 2012 Zimfest Registration Open!.
  • More news can be found on the News and Updates page
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Thank you,
Zimfest 2012 Organizing Committee
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