Ohio University’s African Studies Program and the Center for International Studies, with support from Arts for Ohio, are pleased to welcome back Patience Munjeri, virtuoso mbira player from Zimbabwe, who will perform on Friday, August 28, at 7:00 p.m. in the Grover Center Atrium.
Patience (previously known as Patience Chaitezvi) performed at OHIO in 2013 and audience members enjoyed the interactive aspects of her show. She is one of Zimbabwe's rare women mbira players, a recognized mbira master and educator who is deeply rooted in the spiritual musical tradition of Zimbabwe.
In addition to the concert, Patience will also hold a demonstration class on Saturday, August 29, at 10:00 a.m., in the Front Room Coffeehouse in the Baker University Center. Both these events will be free and open to the public.
A teacher by profession, Patience works at a local high school in her home town of Chinhoyi, where she is also an important advocate for the high number of orphan students. Patience hold a unique role because it is very uncommon in Zimbabwe to have a woman who is highly educated and also deeply immersed in the spiritual traditions of her culture. As a result, she is also skilled at explaining very complex subjects to international students.
Patience holds a BA in Divinity with a specialty in Comparative Religion. Her academic interests and vocational experience in teaching are integrated in her published books, “Mapira: Shona Ceremonies” (2013) and “Shona for Mbira Players” (2008). She is also featured on numerous recordings.
For her performance at OHIO, Patience will be joined by Mbira Dziva, a duo from California (Tom Melkonian and Melissa Cara Rigoli). Melkonian and Rigoli have studied and played mbira for many years. In addition, both have university degrees in music and have traveled to Zimbabwe independently to further their studies. Today, they perform regularly with visiting Zimbabwean mbira players and they have been encouraged by their teachers to teach mbira to their local community in Santa Cruz, California. ( santacruzmbira.com )
With the remarkable support of a string of Arts for Ohio grants, the African Studies Program has made African music a great hook to bring students and the community to our wide range of Africa-related academic and cultural events.
For more information on the Friday, Aug. 28 performance or the Saturday, Aug. 29 class, or for more information on the African Studies Program at OHIO, please contact Steve Howard, director of the Center for International Studies, at firstname.lastname@example.org.