musekiwa chingodza

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. He
says, “Our music is both medicine and food, as mbira has the
power to heal and to provide for people. Mbira pleases both the
living and the dead.” In 1991 Musekiwa was a key member of the
band Panjea and composed the hit song “Ganda” on Panjea’s
Zimbabwean album. For many years Musekiwa taught traditional
music at Prince Edward School in Harare. He is an excellent
singer, dancer and drummer and plays both mbira dzavadzimu
and nyunga nyunga. Following up on his widely acclaimed CD
with Jennifer Kyker, entitled “Tsunga,” Musekiwa released his CD
“VaChingodza Budai Pachena.” His newest CD, “Tomutenda
Mambo,” was released in 2011. Musekiwa is also an
accomplished ngoma (drum) player in the Shona tradition, and he
excels in playing hosho (gourd shakers), singing, and traditional
dance. Musekiwa now visits the US regularly, teaching and
performing, with visits sponsored by Kutsinhira Cultural Arts
Center in Eugene, Oregon.