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Poster: De Solution Band and Jenaguru Full Moon Marimba perform Friday 23 June 2017
Poster: De Solution Band and Jenaguru Full Moon Marimba perform Friday 23 June 2017

Friday, June 23, 2017

De Solution Band and Jenaguru Full Moon Marimba

  • Date: Friday, June 23, 2017
  • Time: 7:00 pm – 10:30 pm
  • Location: Whirled Pies Downtown, 8th and Charnelton, Eugene, OR

In Zimbabwe, everyone dances to the spirited rhythms of traditional music! Jenaguru, a 10-member marimba band, draws on the influence of traditional Zimbabwean mbira music to create jubilant dance music on marimbas. From the playful song Kamba to the hauntingly beautiful Todzungaira, the complex melodies and rhythms of the marimbas, vocals, and the strong pulse of the hosho and drums stir and inspire the audience.

Jenaguru, a performing ensemble of Kutsinhira, has performed throughout Oregon, including Eugene's First Night, the Eugene Celebration, Saturday Market, the Bach Festival, the Zimbabwean Music Festival, public schools, and for many community events and private celebrations.

De Solution Band plays world music influenced by their Zimbabwean roots and their love of African, reggae and soulful dance sounds. Mbiras, percussion, voices, and guitars blend together to make this music irresistible. De Solution sings in Shona and English and has performed in clubs, festivals, and private parties around Oregon.

This exciting evening of world music is sponsored by Kutsinhira Cultural Arts Center, a non-profit organization dedicated to studying and sharing the music of Zimbabwe. Kutsinhira was founded in 1990 to continue the work of Dr. Dumisani Maraire, a Shona master musician. Kutsinhira Cultural Arts Center is located on the Village School campus in South Eugene and offers Zimbabwean music classes to all ages and levels of experience. In addition to classes and performances, Kutsinhira sponsors musical residencies in Eugene for Zimbabwean master musicians, and financially supports development work directly in Zimbabwe.

Poster: Jenaguru Full Moon Marimba and Chitatu Youth Marimba perform Tuesday June 20 2017
Poster: Jenaguru Full Moon Marimba and Chitatu Youth Marimba perform Tuesday June 20 2017

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Jenaguru and Chitatu Marimba

See Kutsinhira's very own Jenaguru and youth marimba band Chitatu at a fun summer event at the University's Museum of Natural and Cultural History.

Get out and explore the Museum and enjoy the music you all love.

Look at the treasure Musekiwa found at last year’s sale!
Look at the treasure Musekiwa found at last year’s sale!

Saturday & Sunday, June 17 & 18, 2017

Kutsinhira’s Almost Annual Yard Sale

  • Date: Saturday & Sunday, June 17 & 18, 2017
  • Time: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Location: 3480 Kincaid, Eugene OR

All proceeds go to Kutsinhira to offer classes, conduct the residency program, and send humanitarian assistance to Zimbabwe.

Thanks to all who contributed such high quality goods. This year’s sale is shaping up so well, we’ve decided to hold it both Saturday and Sunday next weekend. It’s fine to continue dropping off goods in my carport anytime now. Have you checked for mismatched, never worn or broken jewelry? We would also like to borrow saw horses and folding tables.

We could use your help. If you have two hours or so to spare, please consider one of the options below. (Friday afternoon and Saturday morning are the priorities.)

Please contact me if you think you can help in any way <maggiedona@gmail> 541-342-8189

Friday afternoon/evening

  • Help Gary transport goods from Brigid’s (23rd/Emerald) home to mine. An additional truck or van would be tremendously appreciated.
  • Price and sort at my home
  • Set up canopies

Saturday 7am – 5 pm.

  • 7 – 9 am set up. **Need many hands at this time**
  • 9:30 am Breakfast. Would you like to help in the kitchen?
  • 10 am – 3 pm. Float among the tables to keep them organized or staff checkout table.
  • Café Yumm is catering lunch about 1:00 (I won this in a recent drawing :)
  • 3 – 5 pm. Pack up

Sunday 7 am – 5 pm

  • 7 – 9 am set up. Should be easier
  • 9 - 3 pm. Check out or float. Just one or two friends needed here.
  • 3 – 5 pm. Break down and pack up

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Mutswi Wambuya at SymFest

SymFest II poster
SymFest II poster

Mutswi Wambuya Youth Marimba Ensemble will be playing as part of Eugene Symphony’s SymFest on Saturday, June 3. SymFest is a celebration of the cultural vibrancy in Eugene. The entire Hult Center will burst with activity, and your concert ticket includes it all! Before the orchestra’s concert, enjoy beer, wine, and cider tastings, along with live performances by local talent. After the concert, dance to a DJ or wind down in the jazz lounge. The concert itself features the orchestra with Eugene vocalist Siri Vik and the genre-bending trio Time for Three, who play classical music and beyond, including mash-ups of Beethoven and Mahler with Guns N’ Roses, Britney Spears, and more! More information at eugenesymphony.org.

Mutswi will be playing at the event 5:30-7:15 in the Hult Center Plaza/Studiocade.

Jenaguru Full Moon Marimba
Jenaguru Full Moon Marimba

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Marimba at the Saturday Market Opening

Mhondoro Marimba Ensemble
Mhondoro Marimba Ensemble
  • Admission: Free
  • Free Parking: in the Parcade, 1 1/2 blocks past the Market on the right hand side of 8th Ave. just past Willamette St.; and in the Overpark, enter on Oak St. just north of 10th Ave.

Shake off winter and come celebrate spring with the high energy sounds of Jenaguru Full Moon Marimba and Mhondoro Marimba Ensemble on opening day of the Eugene Saturday Market!

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Musangano – Annual Kutsinhira Gathering

  • Date: Saturday, March 4, 2017
  • Time: 5:00 - 8:00 pm
  • Location: The Village School, 3411 Willamette Street, Eugene, Oregon (see map & directions)
  • Admission: Free

We hope to see everyone for our annual membership party. We will be holding the event at our new home in the Village School in their community room. It will be great to share all the music, food and fun in our new home.

For the potluck, please share anything that you like and be sure to bring your own eating utensils and plates.


  • 5:00 - 6:00 Performances
  • 6:00 - 7:15 Potluck and Short Meeting
  • 7:15 - 8:15 Performances
  • 8:15 - 8:45 Open Jam

Africa Marimba Recital, Portland Oregon, March 11, 2017
Africa Marimba Recital, Portland Oregon, March 11, 2017

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Annual Marimba Concert & Fundraiser

  • Date: Saturday, March 11, 2017
  • Time: 11:30 am - 3:30 pm
  • Location: Portland Foursquare, 2830 NE Flanders St, Portland, Oregon 97232 (See map)

MyLinda King conducts an annual recital for her students and raises funds for various organizations that make a difference in Zimbabwe. This year Kutsinhira will be one of the recipients. Gary and Maggie will be going up to make a presentation and would love to have your company if you would enjoy watching lots of kids play marimba.

At the Musangano, please sign Kutsinhira’s thank you card for MyLinda King and her students. If you have something to contribute to the auction, bring it to the Musangano and we’ll get it up to Portland.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Kutsinhira Spring Board Meeting

  • Date: Sunday, March 12, 2017
  • Time: 1:00 - 4:00 pm
  • Location: Down To Earth's upstairs conference room, 532 Olive Street, Eugene, Oregon
  • Admission: Free
  • Parking: All on-street metered parking is free and plentiful on Sundays. Please DO NOT PARK AT BANNER BANK.

Please consider joining the board and ensemble representatives to learn more about the organization. If you have any questions, please contact Board President Andrea Olson at 541-790-1876.

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