Mbira Camp 2017

Camp Nyagunwe, Amber, NY

Teaching:       Camp Nyagunwe mbira intensive with Patience Munjeri

Diana Green Photography

Where:          Amber, New York, USA
When:           September 21-24, 2017

Camp Nyagunwe will be held in Amber, NY!

2345 Amber Rd, Marietta, NY 13110


Camp Nyagunwe offers mbira players around the East Coast a rare opportunity to participate in a weekend mbira intensive. The weekend will include daily instruction at all levels, on mbira, singing, and hosho. In the evenings, we will relax, enjoy each other’s company, and play mbira together.

Registration covers the cost of lodging (please be prepared to share a room), organic local food, and classes. Special dietary needs can be accommodated with advanced notice.

Registration Form:

Camp Nyagunwe Registration

Camp Nyagunwe is organized by Jennifer Kyker, a long-time mbira player and professor of ethno-musicology at Eastman School of Music. For further information, or to register, please contact Jennifer at jennifer.kyker@gmail.com

I hope to see some of you there!


About Patience Chaitezvi Munjeri :

Patience Chaitezvi Munjeri, one of Zimbabwe’s rare women mbira players, has played in traditional ceremonies since she was very young.  Because her mother is a traditional healer and medium and her brothers also played mbira for the spirits, Patience grew up immersed in mbira music and deep Shona culture.  Uniquely, she has also earned a university degree making her unusually adept at communicating with English speaking students.

Four successful tours through the US and Canada (2008, 2009, 2011 and 2015 ) confirm Patience’s ability to convey musical as well as cultural content to her students. Patience takes her teaching role seriously; patient but precise; she brings energy and authenticity to all her classes and performances.

Patience has consistently proven her extraordinary ability to teach:

Hosho (shakers)
Traditional dance
Choral Singing
University and public lecture/demonstrations
Shona cultural presentations
Shona cooking classes

After each tour she returns to her family and teaching post in Chinhoyi, Zimbabwe.  There, she teaches in a high school of 2,000 students, 765 of whom are orphaned.  She advocates for these children and manages to work with a handful of mbira students between teaching her scheduled classes.

Following is partial list of Patience Chaitezvi Munjeri previous hosts:

MBIRA, Berkeley CA (2008, 2009 sponsor)
Kutsinhira Cultural Arts Center, Eugene, OR (2011 sponsor)
Zimbabwean Music Festival (Zimfest) 2008, Pacific Lutheran Univ, Tacoma WA
Zimbabwean Music Festival (Zimfest) 2009, University of Colorado, Boulder CO
Zimbabwean Music Festival (Zimfest) 2011, Oregon State Univ, Corvallis OR
Camp Nhemamusasa North, Duncan BC
Music Works Northwest, Seattle, WA
Zimbira, Boulder, CO
Zimbabwe in the North Fork, Hotchkiss, CO
Lewis & Clark College, Portland, OR
Reed College, Portland, OR
Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
Indiana University Southeast School of Music
Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester, Rochester NY
Bellarmine University, Louisville KY

Camp Nyagunwe, Sodus Point NY

Cornell University, Ithaca NY

Syracuse University, Syracuse NY