$200 Donation Gets Fradreck’s Personal Deze!

During Fradreck and Sam Mujurus’ US tour (until September 19th) we have a special offer of free gifts when you support the work in the Dambatsoko region, being done by the Jangano team directed by Fradreck. For $200 you receive Fradreck’s personal deze, which he has used in many countries around the world since 1996 as he has been sharing the traditional mbira music from Zimbabwe. (This is a limited time and incredibly special offer.) For $100 you receive a Mwoyochena kuZimbabwe CD or an Ancient Ways t-shirt. For $25 you receive a gift card of your choice. All proceeds are benefiting Jangano. Email us at gogreen@ancient-ways.org or call 541-259-HOPE or 877-TATENDA of your interest right away!

Corvallis Saturday Market Performance with Mujurus!

Great news for the Corvallis Saturday Market performance on Saturday August 18th by the Ancient Ways Community Ensembles – internationally known traditional mbira musicians Fradreck and Sam Mujuru from Zimbabwe will be joining us with singing, drumming and hosho! Put your dancing shoes and enjoy the sweet sounds of marimba from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.!Безопасные SEO эксперименты

8-15 Wednesday Afternoon Visit with Mujurus

We have the pleasure of having Fradreck Mujuru, our Jangano Project Director, here in Lacomb for a visit, as well as his brother Sam. Both are mbira players, teachers, and makers, as well as delightful people with which to talk! Please make a little time to come on Wednesday the 15th from 3ish to 5:30 p.m., bring some finger food and get to know our Zimbabwean friends.

Fradreck and Sam were expected to arrive in June but had some Visa difficulties, due to a typo of all things, and so we were unable to schedule anything sooner or more elaborate you can try here. We hope you can fit in this opportunity and share your time and interests with them while hearing about the latest from Zimbabwe.

Rehearsal for the upcoming performance on Saturday will follow at 5:30 p.m. for Mutambo and Detembo at 6:30 p.m. and so you are welcome to stick around for an evening of marimba music too! Feel free to bring more food and drink of your choice if you will stay later. I am sure that we can schedule in an mbira lesson if you like. Do give Jaiaen a call or email with any questions!

Looking for Ancient Ways Volunteers at Zimfest 2012

Are you able to volunteer at the Ancient Ways Zimfest booth this year? PLEASE CLICK HERE TO JOIN US: http://www.volunteerspot.com/login/entry/1102345634484130075

Zimfest is being held this year in Moscow, Idaho on the northern edge of the University of Idaho Campus from August 2nd-5th (see www.zimfest.org ) with the Marketplace at Ghormley Park. We will be bringing the hand-crafts from the villages, CDs and T-shirts, as well as providing information about our work in Zimbabwe, specifically our health and pure water well building focus (see www.ancient-ways.org or call 877-TATENDA with questions about our programs and services).

We run this booth with the help of volunteers and can't do it without you! Please let us know how you can be involved. Just click the link at the top, but do so just as soon as possible so we can make plans.

Upcoming Ancient Ways Performance July 29th!

Join Ancient Ways Muti Marimba Ensemble at Garland Nursery’s 13th annual Art & Wine in the Garden, July 29th from 12pm to 2pm. This event will feature food and over 20 artists and crafters joined by three local vineyards offering wine tasting. This family friendly event is free and open to the public. Slow your summer down and enjoy the ambiance of art, wine, music and the beautiful lush garden of Garland Nursery!

Upcoming Performances for the Plant Lovers in Your Llfe!

• Just a reminder to join us and the great folks at Thyme Garden in Alsea on Mother’s Day May 13th. Marimba Detembo will be playing from 12:30 to 1:30 pm, Muti Marimba from 1:30-2 pm, and a combined set with Marimba Detembo and Mutambo Marimba from 3:30-5 pm. Many opportunities at Thyme Garden besides music, with food vendors as well as crafts!
• Also - Mark your calendar to join Muti Marimba at Garland Nursery at their Art & Wine in the Garden on July 29th from noon til 2 pm. Beautiful relaxed setting to enjoy art, wine and the garden!

Feel free to email with questions. Looking forward to seeing you!

Upcoming Performances

Spring Greetings brings the sweet sounds of Zimbabwean music! Please come out and share the rich and uplifting interwoven Shona rhythms with us. You can join us playing at the following:

• May 5th – Albany Saturday Market 11-1 pm. Find Marimba Detembo on 4th Street in front of the Court House lawn.
• May 6th – Spring Garden Festival (25th Annual!) from 11:30-2 pm at the Arts Center Plaza, 7th and Madison in Corvallis. The Youth Ensemble will play from 11:30 ‘til noon. Muti Marimba will share mbira-based songs from noon-12:30 pm. A combined set with Marimba Detembo and Mutambo Marimba follows until just before 2 pm.
• May 11th – If you are part of the Periwinkle School Community, Marimba Detembo will play from 5:45-7:45 pm at their annual fundraising BBQ.
• May 13th – Thyme Garden in Alsea shares their beautiful space with many vendors and musicians over the Mother’s Day weekend. We will be playing Sunday from 12:30-2 pm and 3:30-5 pm to include Muti Marimba, Marimba Detembo and Mutambo Marimba. Please write windgatherer@ancient-ways.org if you are interested in specific times for each group.

Looking forward to good weather to be outside playing and seeing you in person. Thanks!

Annual School Benefit

Sundborn Children’s House, the Montessori school in Albany, Oregon, is holding their annual benefit and silent auction on April 14th from 6 to 10 p.m. More details about this event including information about the great food and beverage layout for the evening, where and how to pre-purchase tickets, and this year’s focus can be found at www.spring.sundborn.org.

We are inviting you because of our partnership with Sundborn, with whom we built the Nhimbe preschool in Mhondoro, Zimbabwe, where we have been nurturing more than 80 young minds each year since 2002. They have made significant contributions to support this school annually since we began this collaboration, and continue to send donations and special materials for the teachers and children.

We invite you to this event and hope you can make it. If you are unable but would like to support the efforts you can make a secure donation online on their website instead. Whatever you can do is greatly appreciated.

Ancient Ways will be there with our table of hand-crafted items from the villages, as well as providing entertainment to start the evening. Muti Marimba, a 6-piece ensemble, will be playing the uplifting music from Zimbabwe. We look forward to seeing you there.

Thank you for passing this information on to your friends, family and co-workers!

Film about Ancient Ways in Zimbabwe

A great collaboration has produced a short documentary (under 14 minutes) sharing Ancient Ways efforts in Zimbabwe, which can be viewed on the computer wherever internet can be had.  Many of you, who have helped Ancient Ways by donating time/video/music, plus the efforts of Supreme Master TV, have brought this film into being, which has subtitles in 42 languages and is free to access for all 24/7. Supreme Master TV, focused on positive uplifting messages, found Ancient Ways due to supporters of our projects who are also involved in filming for the spiritual organization.  They created this short film by utilizing:

*         2004 documentary film from Dana Vion and Molly Sirois,

*         Robin Truesdale’s 2006 documentaries,

*         Footage from Cosmas Magaya’s September 2011 Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley visit, and

*         Music from the Mwoyochena kuZimbabwe CD, which was put together by many great musicians to help us raise awareness and money for the villages in 2009.

This film is available to view at:  http://suprememastertv.com/gpgw/?wr_id=171  Or if you prefer to see more of their available films in this category, go to “Good People Good Works”, where you can view films that document uplifting stories from around the world.  The Ancient Ways video is fairly recent, and so is close to the top:  http://suprememastertv.com/gpgw/  We want to thank all of you who have helped us over the years in many various ways – your assisting us, reaches much farther than you know!

Please feel free to contact me directly with any questions or ideas: 541-259-4673, 877-TATENDA, gogreen@ancient-ways.org, or visit www.ancient-ways.org.  We appreciate any way in which you can share the story with your friends, family, or those at work.  Thank you very much!  Tatenda Chaizvo!