Marimba Classes Beginning – Youth and Adult

The Fall Term Youth Classes will be held in Corvallis on Tuesdays:
• Age 8-10 November 5 to December 3 from 5:30-6:20 pm: 5 sessions paid by term ($9 weekly) $45 ($7.50 for members or $37.50)
• Age 10+ November 5 to December 17 from 4-5:20 pm: 7 sessions paid by term ($12 weekly) $84 ($10.50 for members or $73.50)
Adult Classes in Albany or Corvallis are being cultivated – please email with your interest and for more information:
Please email or phone so that we are able to confirm space in class before enrolling. To enroll, payment can be made at or mailing a check to PO Box 346 Scio OR 97374.PolVam

Upcoming Marimba Music!

Come and share in the sweet sounds of Zimbabwean marimba with Ancient Ways ensembles:
• Sunday, September 15th 11:30-12:30 pm Marimba Detembo at the Latino Festival, Monteith Park, Albany
• Thursday, September 19th 3:50-4:50 pm Mufambo Marimba at the Lebanon Thursday Market, Grant & Main, Lebanon
• Thursday, September 19th 5-7 pm Muti Marimba at the Lebanon Chamber of Commerce After Hours, Grant & Main, Lebanon
• Saturday, September 21st 11-12 pm Muti Marimba at Pinwheels for Peace, Court House, Corvallis
• Saturday, September 21st 2-3 pm Muti Marimba at St. Mary’s International Food Festival, Albany
Call with questions 541-259-4673!

Burgers for Books Fundraiser Sunday 8/25 12-2

“BURGERS FOR BOOKS” FUNDRAISER this Sunday 8/25/13 12-2PM at 35355 Eicher Rd, Albany OR 97322
Join us following the 10:45 am Gathering at The Shift when the Red Zebra Project will host a “Burgers for Books” barbeque fundraiser that will benefit a new books project in Zimbabwe through collaboration with Ancient Ways. The event will include:
• Live marimba music from Marimba Detembo
• Red Zebra cookie decorating and temporary tattoos for the kids
• Special appearance by Cosmas Magaya from Zimbabwe playing mbira
All donations will fund the new Red Zebra Project in Zimbabwe. Come and share food and festivities with us as we raise money to get Shona language books in the hands of the Zimbabwean children.
Also feel welcome to attend an informal tea party hosted by David & Hilary Ker of the Red Zebra Project on Sunday afternoon for those who would like a chance to meet Cosmas Magaya. Tea and coffee will be provided beginning at 3 pm. You can bring cakes, cookies or fruit if you like. The address is in downtown Albany, 539 5th Street SW near White Spires church on the corner of 5th and Calapooia. Call David at 541-971-0839 if you have questions or need

Partnership to Teach Children Mbira

Last year’s Zimfest grant to Ancient Ways is helping to start an mbira program in the Jangano area where Fradreck and Fungai Mujuru co-direct the project. Additionally, we are partnering with MBIRA organization (also a 501(c)3 non-profit) to provide mbiras to the children – check out this incredible video from another primary school they have helped in Nyamweda, Zimbabwe.
MBIRA is dedicating 100% of June donations to purchasing mbiras for children, some of which will go to the Jangano children – see their success with these kinds of programs $100 buys an mbira – any amount is helpful! Help us with this program by donating:
• Building Instruments – Go to the link above or send a check payable to MBIRA P.O. Box 7863, Berkeley, CA 94707-0863.
• Scholarship Students – Go to to help sponsor the teaching of mbira classes in the Jangano St. Bedes primary school.
Thank you!Focuz

Volunteers Needed at the Ancient Ways Zimfest Booth

With the instructions in this email you can let us know if you are able to volunteer at the Ancient Ways Zimfest booth this year. We are using the Volunteer Spot website and they have made great improvements to the site since last year!
Zimfest is being held this year at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA from June 27-30th (see 2013.zimfest singulair with the Marketplace in front of Xavier Hall around the afternoon concert stage. We will be bringing the hand-crafts from the villages, CDs and T-shirts, as well as providing information about our work in Zimbabwe.
We run this booth with the help of volunteers and can’t do it without you! Please let us know just as soon as possible how you can be involved. Just click on the link in this email, but do so very soon so we can make plans.
Once you enter your email as your sign-on, this website will show you our Booth’s hours of operation and the specific shifts with which we need help. First it sends you a recap of the times for which you signed up, and then it sends a reminder two days before your shift, and also can let you know who else is working!

YOUTH Summer Marimba Sessions

Please send a deposit of $25 to PO Box 346, Scio, 97374, to reserve a space in Youth Summer Marimba Sessions, as soon as possible, so we are able to confirm enrollment:Кирпичные столбы для забора

• WHO: Your student (who has 1 year of experience or more) will be taught by Gary Spalter (who will also be teaching our Youth Marimba Class beginning in October).
• WHAT and WHEN:
o Session 1 (rising 4-6th grade): Aug. 12-16 9-12 am
o Session 2 (rising 4-6th grade): Aug. 12-16 1-4 pm
o Session 3 (rising 4-6th grade): Aug. 19-23 9-12 am
o Session 4 (rising 7th+ grade): Aug. 19-23 1-4 pm
• WHERE: 1165 NW Monroe, Corvallis, downstairs (in the Scout room). Detailed information to follow.
• HOW MUCH: The cost of a 3-hour, 5-day session is $170, or $165 with early-bird discount if paid in full by June 15th.
• HOW: Class tuition is payable by credit card over the phone 541-259-4673, a check payable to Ancient Ways or online at

Plant and Music Lover’s Special

Please join us as three Ancient Ways Ensembles bring the uplifting music from Zimbabwe to start up spring beginning the first of May. All events are FREE of charge!
• Wednesday, May 1st 2:50-3:30 p.m. – Downtown Albany, OR, Carnegie Public Library – we’ll share rhythm games and songs on marimba with all ages of children and adults. Come expecting to play with us!
• Sunday, May 5th 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. – 26th Annual Spring Garden Festival on Sunday, May 5, 2013, 9 4 p.m., on The Arts Center Plaza, 7th and Madison near Central Park in Corvallis, OR will find the Ancient Ways Ensembles playing tunes to the herbs and trees, bushes and bulbs, as dozens of vendors and information booths offer plants, and tips of the trade.
• Sunday, May 12th 12:30-2 p.m. and 3:30-5 p.m. – Mother’s Day Celebration ‘Art in the Garden’ is happening Saturday and Sunday May 11th and 12th 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Thyme Garden in Alsea OR, and Ancient Ways Ensembles will be bringing the sweet music from Zimbabwe to share in this plant lover’s paradise. Come enjoy all-day music, gift shopping from a variety of vendors and some fantastic food!ReTeks

Upcoming Marimba Concert and Fundraiser!

Please help us spread the word about the upcoming concert and fundraiser in Portland this next Saturday the 20th…by using facebook, email etc. you can make a serious contribution to our efforts to raise money for the rural school children in the Jangano project located in the Dewedzo Mountains of Zimbabwe:
• Eight bands, of both children and adults, will play high-energy music from Zimbabwe and Botswana for four hours! These are the marimba students of MyLinda King and we greatly appreciate this incredible support to pay tuition for these Jangano students. (School is not free in Zimbabwe!)
• Put on your dancing shoes and come to Portland Foursquare Church 2830 NE Flanders St. Portland, OR from 12-4:30 April 20th.
• Silent auction and raffle for some great goods and services as well incredible hand-crafts bought from the villagers in Zimbabwe who are recipients of Ancient Ways services!

Always feel free to write or call with questions. Please read more about the Jangano students at! Thank you!