MUSIC AND DANCE
Humwe provides free music and dance classes to all students in the program. The students are taught how to play mbira, hosho, singing, dance and marimba.
We educate the students on the history and the meaning of the songs that they learn. With the influx of western music, most mbira songs that play on the radio or television tend to be a fusion of western and traditional influences. Our teachers focus on teaching students’ traditional songs and dances in order to preserve and promote traditional music and culture.
The students spend 4 to 5 hours at the Centre during each practice session. During that time we provide them with a meal and a snack as most of the kids will not have had a meal prior to coming to the Centre.
Tsitsi’s perspective on traditional culture and service to others was heavily influenced by her late father, the world-renowned mbira teacher, player, author and cultural ambassador, Cosmas Magaya. He served as a great example on how to be grounded in one’s own cultural heritage but be a lifelong learner of other cultures.
A teacher of his own culture and a learner of other cultures, Cosmas made significant contributions to Zimbabwean music community around the world and was an advocate for his community in Mhondoro, Zimbabwe.
Due to these many contributions, the Centre in Mhondoro will be named after Cosmas when it is built.
Our team is dedicated to creating an inclusive, respectful and safe space for our students to learn and grow.
We are parents, aunts, uncles, advocates, cultural ambassadors and we are committed to the well-being of our students.
Our team’s core beliefs are: Integrity; Respect; and Fairness.