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Musekiwa Chingodza
Musekiwa Chingodza

August 31 - September 3, 2018

Camp paGungwa Mbira Intensive

  • Date: Friday August 31 - Monday September 3, 2018
  • Location: Florence, Oregon
  • Admission: $385-$410 (see below)

Kutsinhira Cultural Arts Center is pleased to announce the 15th annual Camp paGungwa (“by the ocean”), a four-day mbira intensive on the Oregon Coast, with Musekiwa Chingodza; also, under the joint sponsorship of Kutsinhira and the University of Oregon, Sekuru Cosmas Magaya will be offering classes and cultural presentations at this camp, at no additional charge to attendees – a truly exceptional and dynamic duo!

Camp will be held at our traditional ocean-side retreat in Florence, Oregon, on Labor Day weekend (Friday evening 8/31/2018 through early afternoon on Monday, 9/3/2018).

Mbira will be taught and played from beginner through advanced levels, plus hosho, drumming, singing and dance. A complete workshop schedule is available upon request.

Camp paGungwa is held at a beachfront home north of Florence, Oregon, USA. Check-in is 7PM Friday Aug. 31; departure is 1PM on Monday Sept. 3. In addition to a full schedule of learning and playing Zimbabwean music, there will be communal living, three delicious meals per day, cultural presentations and enjoyment of the beach, dunes & forest just steps outside the door.

On-site housing is available on a first-come, first-served basis when the registration deposit is paid. Alternatively, commercial lodging (from funky to elegant) can be booked nearby in Florence, with meals taken at Camp.

Based on past experience, registration will fill quickly. The cost of Camp paGungwa includes all instruction, cultural presentations, meals, snacks and communal accommodations.

  • Early-registration discount if paid in full by June 30, 2018: $425 ($385 for Kutsinhira members).
  • Regular rate starting July 1, 2018: $450 ($410 for Kutsinhira members).

Annual membership in Kutsinhira Cultural Arts Center is $40 for an individual or $65 for a family, and can be included in the fee payment. We also offer lifetime membership for $500. Yearly membership begins on Sept. 1 each year.

Reserve your space (for Camp or the wait list) by sending a deposit of $100 per person, made out to Kutsinhira Cultural Arts Center, to the address below. Cancellations on or after Aug. 17, 2018, will receive a 50% refund; no refunds will be made for cancellations on or after Aug. 24, 2018. Deposits sent for a wait list position will be fully refunded if no space opens up or if you request to be removed from the wait list.

If interested, please enquire about rates for “accompanying persons,” who attend Camp but not the instructional sessions.

Questions? Contact Lynne Swift at swiftly41@gmail.com or 541-912-1091 (mobile); or Janis Weeks janis.weeks@gmail.com or 541-543-9984 (mobile).

Please mail deposits to Kutsinhira Cultural Arts Center, P.O. Box 50823, Eugene, Oregon 97405. Registered participants or wait-listees will receive a confirmation and further information.

Camp paGungwa is an activity of Kutsinhira Cultural Arts Center.


Patience Munjeri
Patience Munjeri

January 16-25, 2019

Camp Nharetare

You are invited to join us at Camp Nharetare (which refers to mbira dzematare, mbira music which is played for the spirits to inspire more from the Creator), a camp which focuses on traditional mbira music, dance, drumming, chipendani and hosho. The teachers of this camp are all ones who have been confirmed as mbira players by the Shona ancestors:

  • Wilbert Botsa
  • Musekiwa Chingodza
  • Zvidzai Chirikure
  • Alois Mutinhiri
  • Patience Munjeri


  • Sekuru Chigamba – chipendani
  • Peachson Ngoshi – hosho

Through this camp, we will learn traditional mbira and drumming and chipendani. Further, students will be able to seek spiritual help and healing in the rural area of Chiweshe. This is a wonderfully unique experience, hosted by Zimbabweans, and consisting of music steeped in Zimbabwe’s rich cultural and spiritual history.

The camp will be accessible to beginner and intermediate players, while advanced players will be given extra instruction and challenges.

Each guest teacher will spend between 1-2 days at the camp. The daily schedule will consist of learning a kushaura and a kutshinhira in the morning, then learning the accompanying singing in the afternoon. Between mbira and singing, there will also be hosho and dance lessons.

In the afternoons, students will have the choice of resting, shopping, and visiting nearby places. In the evenings, students will play together, and will have individual instruction with the guest teacher. Patience will further assist in the teaching of mbira and singing. There will also be several cultural talks, offering insights into Shona customs, beliefs, and language. One day will be devoted to learning traditional drumming in Chiweshe.

The fee for the full camp is $1850, which includes a new mbira, accommodations, food (three meals/day – vegetarian option available), workshops, cultural excursions, and donations toward the sacred ceremony. Internet access will be available. We can make arrangements to pick you up from the airport and take you to Kufunda Village, but you will need to pay for this separately (about $30).

Daily rates and accommodations and meals for accompanying persons are also available (please see application form at the bottom for details)

A $500 deposit for the camp is required by November 15, 2018. Full payment is due by January 1, 2019. Please see application form below for details. This is a safe time to travel in Zimbabwe. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have about what to bring, etc.

Updates will be posted on the Facebook event page Camp Nharetare 2019 with Patience Munjeri in Zimbabwe.

I look forward to seeing you in Zimbabwe!

–Patience Munjeri

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Send your upcoming event announcements to publish@kutsinhira.org that are pertinent to Kutsinhira Cultural Arts Center and Zimbabwean music & culture. Tatenda!

See also Past Events.

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