Kutsinhira Clultural Arts Center: Decicated to the music and people of Zimbabwe

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Kutsinhira Cultural Arts Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to studying and sharing the music of Zimbabwe. It was founded in 1990 to continue the work of Dr. Dumisani (Dumi) Maraire, a Shona master musician.


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Dumi introduced the music to the Pacific Northwest while a doctoral student at the University of Washington. His gifts in teaching and performance fostered an enduring appreciation of Zimbabwean music including marimba, mbira, hosho, drumming, singing and dance.

In addition to classes and performances, Kutsinhira has been instrumental in sponsoring music residencies in Eugene for Zimbabwean master musicians including Cosmas Magaya, Ambuya Beauler Dyoko, Musekiwa Chingodza, Sheasby Matiure and Lucky Moyo. We've also explored other southern African musical traditions during visits by Chaka Chawasarira, Garadziva Chigamba, Irene Chigamba, Julia Chigamba, Tute Chigamba, Lora Chiorah-Dye, Dumisani Maraire, Chris Mhlanga, Alport Mhlanga, Hakurotwi Mude, and Loveness Wesa, as well as the bands Bongo love and Mawungira Enharira. The opportunity to study with these teachers has given the community unique insights into the traditional music of Zimbabwe and southern Africa.

Kutsinhira mbira logo.
Kutsinhira mbira logo.

The logo for Kutsinhira Center is an mbira held in a gourd resonator. The Shona word kutsinhira refers to a musical part on a mbira that responds to the main line of a song (kushaura). Taken together, they are a metaphor for the idea that a note struck in Zimbabwe reverberates with us in the Pacific Northwest.

The close musical and personal connections between Kutsinhira members and the Zimbabwean people led to the establishment of the Zimbabwe Community Development Project (ZCDP) in 2002. ZCDP funds — raised via benefit concerts, garage sales and direct donations — are used to support community development and education efforts in Zimbabwe during the currently difficult times in that country.

Membership and Support

Membership supports the everyday workings of our organization. Members receive discounts on classes, workshops and all merchandise. Payments are on an annual basis starting at the beginning of our school year September 1 and run through August 31.

For our most ardent supporters we now offer a Lifetime Membership good for you and your immediate family.

Kutsinhira relies on our Friends and membership dues and donations to support most of the events, activities, subsidy fund, and programs we bring to the community.

Mugare kure nemoto - stay away from the fire, we need you to be safe - Thank you for your support!

Annual Membership (Sept.-Aug.)


All of Kutsinhira's policies are included in the Kutsinhira Policy Manual.



  • Gary Spalter (Executive Director)
  • Sue Dickman (Education Director)
  • Karen Howe (Facilities Manager)
  • Craig LaFollette (Instruments Manager)
  • Gary Spalter (Performance Coordinator)


  • Bud Cohen
  • Maggie Donahue
  • Joel Lindstrom (former teacher)
  • Marilyn Mohr
  • Jake Roberts (former teacher)
  • Gary Spalter
  • Wanda Walker
  • Mandy Walker-LaFollette


  • Andrea Olson (President)
  • Lynne Swift (Secretary)
  • Dennis Urso (Treasurer)
  • Marilyn Kolodziejczyk (Zimbabwe Liaison)
  • Jose Olalde
  • Chris Donahue
  • Nancy Novitski
  • Betsy Priddle


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