Our 25-year anniversary celebration continues with our 2024 Winter Concert: Dance with the Moon feat. Blessing Chimanga!
In this second of Kutandara’s 2023-2024 concert series, we celebrate and welcome living legend Blessing Chimanga for his inaugural US headlining concert. Blessing is an internationally recognized musician, having performed with many of Zimbabwe’s musical legends, as well as recording and touring around the globe with his own band.
This show will be a collaboration between Blessing, Kutandara’s Director of Productions, and Randy McIntosh, Kutandara’s Artistic Director, to debut some of Blessing’s never-before-heard-on-marimba repertoire with Kutandara’s performing bands, as well as a taste of Blessing’s unique electric band vibe.
This concert is a fundraiser to extend additional legal support for Blessing to continue teaching, producing, and spreading his love and knowledge of Zimbabwean music and culture at Kutandara.
Bringing cultures together is what Kutandara is all about. Kutandara helps bring a piece of Zimbabwe to the US, expands the world of music for all of us, and honors the place where the music comes from by supporting and developing the next generation of Zimbabwean artists.
Each year donations to Kutandara’s Moon & Stars Foundation 501(c)3 help continue our local and international work. In the last year, Kutandara has:
- Provided 10 scholarships for marimba classes and its teen performance program, expanding access to music across the Front Range;
- Produced a 2-day “Friendship Fiesta” in Harare, bringing together 10 youth marimba groups from all over Zimbabwe;
- Sponsored “Celebrate African Season 4: The Motherland” in Zimbabwe, supporting over 25 musicians and tech staff;
- Partnered with and supported organizations teaching traditional music & dance in Zimbabwe: Humwe in Beatrice and Tsoro Arts in Dvizaresekwa, both in Zimbabwe;
- Led a group of 13 Americans, including 6 teen musicians, on a 4-week Zimbabwe Culture & Music Immersion Performance Tour to unite our two cultures; and
- Sponsored Blessing Chimanga’s visa application to teach classes and become Kutandara’s Director of Productions in Boulder.
At this concert, we will be specifically raising funds to extend additional legal support for Blessing to continue teaching, producing, and spreading his love and knowledge of Zimbabwean music and culture at Kutandara!
In challenging times, our connections to each other are especially meaningful. Even as so much divides us, we ache for ways to unite in true community. At Kutandara, we are more committed than ever to being a human crossroads, a place to connect with real people from across the globe…from different countries, backgrounds, and cultures.
Our mission is to help heal the world through music and friendship, and we feel strongly that we can do this…together.
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