Tariro thanks Singing Wood Marimba!

Students of Singing Wood Marimba, in Santa Cruz, play Zimbabwean marimba music

In today’s post, I’d like to acknowledge a donation from students of Singing Wood Marimba, in Santa Cruz.  The global community of Zimbabwean music, including students and performers, has been one of Tariro’s major sources of support since our inception in 2003.  Combining a performing ensemble with a community music centre, Singing Wood Marimba has consistently supported Tariro by performing at benefit events, and through student contributions.  Thank you members of Singing Wood Marimba for your support!

I’ll be launching Tariro’s fall fundraising campaign this coming Monday.  As we move into fundraising season, I’d like to acknowledge the many other Zimbabwean marimba and mbira performers, schools, and groups that have supported Tariro.  Studying the dynamic, participatory marimba and mbira traditions of Zimbabwe is a wonderful way to learn more about African music and culture, and offers the chance to create cultural understanding through musical exchange.  I encourage all of our blog readers to contact the center or performing group nearest you, and learn how you can take a class!

Among the many groups that have supported Tariro are: the Zimbabwe Music Festival scheduled for Moscow, ID in 2012; the Kutandara Center in Boulder, CO; the Kutsinhira Cultural Arts Center in Eugene, OR; Rubatano Marimba Center on Whidbey Island, WA; Pembera Youth Marimba in Cle Elum, WA; Chiroto Marimba Ensemble in Moscow, ID;  Kubatana Marimba in Albuquerque, NM; Anzanga Marimba in Seattle, WA; the Low Flying Knobs in Boulder, CO; Sadza Marimba and Kuzanga Marimba in Santa Cruz; Hokoyo Marimba and Kudana Marimba in Eugene, OR; Boka Marimba in Portland, OR; and Zuva Marimba, of Santa Fe.

Tariro sends a huge THANK YOU to all of the students, performers, and groups who continue to support our work educating and empowering young women in Zimbabwean communities affected by HIV/AIDS.  We couldn’t do it without you!

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