Performer & Music Teacher & Community Music Developer
taken from one of our live performances
Danmore Kusaya-I was born in Rusape, Zimbabwe and from early on in my childhood I displayed an interest and knack for traditional music and instruments (ngoma, hosho, marimba and mbira). In time I formed a mbira band with my brother Tendayi. We often played for my father and at community gatherings and concerts. This is how I met the lion of Zimbabwe, Thomas Mapfumo, who then took me along to play with him all over Southern Africa. From 2007-2011 my brother and I had a band named Two Brothers Mbira. We performed in Mozambique (Pa Nyungwe festival) and many more small community events.
2011-2014 My brother and I started ZMSA cultural vibe. It was a mixture of artists from Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Botswana. We performed in many events and festivals (South Africa Meropa Casino, Limpopo, Peter Mokaba Stadium) among other places.
2014-2021 An American man named Glenn Willson, Mr. Minanzi, visited me and my young brother. He changed our life, became our father (it’s a long, lovely story-the book will be out soon) and this is when we started Minanzi Mbira Band.
I have conducted several coaching sessions for people all over the world through the South African Casterbridge Music Development Academy (CMDA) and through Sweet Dreamers Marimba project which was founded by Danmore Kusaya (SA) and Monika Stadelmann (CH) in January 2019.
2021, I moved to USA
Check out my resume https://dankusaya.com/my-resume