Please join Kambuyu Marimba in giving back by supporting Humwe, The Comas Magaya Cultural Arts and Education Center in Mhondoro, Zimbabwe. Kambuyu has great respect for this wonderful music and the cultural richness that has been shared with us. We encourage you to browse the Humwe website!
From Jim Pugliese:
Dear family and friends, Most of you know that for years I founded and supported successful After-School Arts programs for underserved children in NYC. The last few years my focus has been to help develop and support this project. In September of 2015 after many discussions with Cosmas Magaya and his daughter Tsitsi Hantuba, and my colleague Glenn West “Humwe” was born. It is through the vision and long time effort of our founder Tsitsi Hantuba that this project began. It is now time to expand upon and build on this vision. I am not one to ask for support for just any project but this is so important to me that I am asking all of my friends and family to please read below and if possible contribute to this program. Even a small contribution will go a long way to achieving our goal. Please support “Humwe” Thank you and Peace to you all and Please Share!
Help preserve traditional Zimbabwean music and culture
Humwe in the Shona language of Zimbabwe means to work together to achieve a common goal. The mission of our project is to preserve the traditional music and culture of Zimbabwe through providing a safe place for the community to learn and share the traditions while also using the space as a sustainable platform for addressing community needs. The project serves the community in rural Mhondoro, Zimbabwe.
Mbira and marimba lessons are offered free of cost to primary and secondary school students (i.e. middle school and high school) from the region. Historically, mbira playing has not been open to girls and women. Humwe has made it a point to ensure that girls have an equal opportunity to participate in our programs.