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Date: November 10, 2006 PST Location: Evans Music Auditorium

Evans Music Auditorium

Musekiwa Chingodza was born into a family of great mbira players in Mwangara village, Murewa, Zimbabwe, in 1970. He began playing mbira at the age of five and is self-taught.

Through listening to other gwenyambira, or great mbira players, he developed a strong attachment to and love for mbira music.

He says, “Our music is both medicine and food, as mbira has the power to heal and to provide for people. Mbira pleases both the living and the dead.”

In 1991, Musekiwa was a key member of the band Panjea, founded by Chris Berry. He composed the hit song “Ganda” on Panjea’s Zimbabwean album. Currently Musekiwa teaches mbira at Prince Edward School in Harare.

Musekiwa will be a guest artist at Lewis & Clark from October 30 to November 11.

Concert is free and open to the general public.

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