Performer & Music Teacher & Community Music Developer
A Melodious Journey of Passion and Transformation
Born in the vibrant town of Rusape, Zimbabwe, my love affair with traditional music and instruments ignited from an early age. From the captivating sounds of ngoma, hosho, marimba, and mbira, I discovered not only a profound interest but also a natural talent that would shape the course of my life.
Together with my brother Tendayi, we embarked on a musical odyssey, forming our own mbira band. The melodies we crafted echoed through the air, enchanting audiences at community gatherings, concerts, and even captivating the attention of the legendary lion of Zimbabwe, Thomas Mapfumo. This extraordinary encounter led me on a journey across Southern Africa, playing alongside Mapfumo and immersing myself in the rich tapestry of the region’s musical heritage.
The years between 2007 and 2011 marked a significant chapter in my musical evolution as my brother and I established the enthralling Two Brothers Mbira band. Our harmonies resonated in diverse settings, from the exuberant Pa Nyungwe festival in Mozambique to numerous intimate community events that brought joy to the hearts of those who listened.
In 2011, a serendipitous turn of events led my brother and me to embark on a new artistic endeavor: the ZMSA cultural vibe. This collective brought together artists from Zimbabwe, Mozambique, and Botswana, forging connections and creating magic on stage. Together, we graced renowned events and prestigious festivals, leaving an indelible mark at South Africa’s Meropa Casino, the majestic Limpopo, and the iconic Peter Mokaba Stadium, among other illustrious venues.
However, the true turning point in my life arrived in 2014, when destiny intervened in the form of an American man named Glenn Willson, affectionately known as Mr. Minanzi. In a remarkable twist of fate, he became not only a mentor but also a father figure, forever altering the trajectory of my journey. This life-altering encounter laid the foundation for the birth of the Minanzi Mbira Band, an entity pulsating with raw passion and the undeniable magic of our shared experiences.
Beyond my own artistic endeavors, I have also dedicated myself to uplifting others on their musical path. Through the South African Casterbridge Music Development Academy (CMDA), I have had the privilege of conducting invigorating coaching sessions for individuals across the globe. Additionally, alongside the remarkable Monika Stadelmann, I co-founded the Sweet Dreamers Marimba project in January 2019, fostering musical growth and creating dreams come true. Now, in the year 2021, a new chapter unfolds as I embark on an exciting adventure in the United States. This land of boundless possibilities beckons, offering fresh avenues for artistic exploration and cultural exchange.
Join me on this melodious journey as we continue to weave captivating musical tales and touch hearts around the world. Stay tuned for the upcoming release of my enthralling book, a tale that captures the essence of transformation, love, and the power of music.
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