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Madzimai Mbira

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Hosho (Shaker)
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Julia, Erica, KellyMadzimai means "women," and this group is a joining of 3 renowned women in the field of Zimbabwean dance and music. While they are all leaders of their own performing groups and projects, they joined forces for the first time for People Like Me 2003!

Julia Chigamba:
Julia Tsitsi Chigamba is a dancer, singer and instrumentalist from Zimbabwe who was raised in the rich cultural traditions of Shona music and dance. Daughter of highly respected mbira player, Sekuru Tute Chigamba, she was a longtime member of Mhembero, the Chigamba family dance and mbira ensemble. Julia taught traditional music and dance in Harare, Zimbabwe for five years. She now performs and teaches Shona music and dance in the United States and Canada to diverse populations and a wide spectrum of age groups.

Erica Azim:
Erica Azim fell in love with Shona mbira music when she first heard it at the age of 16. In 1974, Erica became one of the first Americans to study mbira in Zimbabwe, and her teachers have included many of Zimbabwe's top mbira masters, past and present, such as Forward Kwenda, Cosmas Magaya, Mondrek Muchena, Ephat Mujuru, Newton Gwara, Irene Chigamba, Tute Chigamba, Chris Mhlanga, Luken Pasipamire, Fradreck Mujuru and Ambuya BeaulerDyoko. Erica has recorded two solo CDs, including "Mbira: Healing Music of Zimbabwe" on the Relaxation Co. label. She currently teaches regional mbira workshop groups throughout the U.S. and internationally attended mbira camps at her home in Berkeley, California. Erica also directs the non-profit organization MBIRA (see www.mbira.org), which makes field recordings available to mbira enthusiasts around the world and provides financial support to Zimbabwean mbira players and instrument makers.

Julia ChigambaKelly Orphan:
Kelly Takunda Orphan is a dancer, vocalist, percussionist, and songwriter who has performed both locally and abroad with various African/World Music groups, such as Babatunde Olatunji and African Rain, Mhembero, and the University of Zimbabwe Choir. After her year abroad studying at the University of Zimbabwe (1994), Kelly served as Co-Director of San Jose State University's World Music Choir (1995-99). She is a former member of Keith Terry & Crosspulse and was the creative director of Mutama, a female vocal/percussion ensemble(1998-2001). Currently, she is the music director at First Church Oakland and has two CD's available.

 

First appeared in People Like Me 2003


 

 



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