Musekiwa Chingodza, Katura Marimba and Mamatamba - 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. Musekiwa formerly taught mbira at Prince Edward School in Harare for many years, and continues to be in demand to play mbira at ceremonies in Zimbabwe. Since 1999, he has been a regular visitor to the U.S., sponsored biennially by Kutsinhira Cultural Arts Center in Eugene, Oregon. Musekiwa is considered to be one of the greatest living mbira musicians. He is also an excellent singer, dancer and drummer and plays both mbira dzavadzimu and nyunga nyunga mbira.