College of Arts and Science
Join us for a FREE performance by Shona musician Patience Munjeri with Mizzou's own Chiyedza Mbira Ensemble on Tuesday, October 22, 6:00pm in the George Caleb Bingham Gallery (Fine Arts Building on the Mizzou Campus). Additionally, Patience will host a free mbira workshop for the Columbia Community on Sunday, October 20 at 3:00pm in Loeb Hall 112. Instruments will be provided.
Patience's visit has been generously sponsored by the University of Missouri's School of Music, African Interdisciplinary Studies HUB, and the Division of Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity. All events are free to the public, but donations will be accepted directly for the artist. Additionally, merchandise from Zimbabwe will be sold at both events.
Patience Chaitezvi Munjeri, one of Zimbabwe’s rare women mbira players, has played in traditional ceremonies since she was very young. Because her mother is a traditional healer and medium and her brothers also played mbira for the spirits, Patience grew up immersed in mbira music and deep Shona culture.
Six successful tours through the US and Canada (2008, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017) confirm Patience’s ability to convey musical as well as cultural content to her students. Patience takes her teaching role seriously; patient and precise, she brings energy and authenticity to all her classes and performances.
Patience has proven her consistently proven her extraordinary ability to teach, mbira, drumming, hosho (shakers), traditional dance, singing, choral singing, university and public lecture/demonstrations, Shona cultural presentations, and Shona cooking classes. After each tour she returns to her family in Chinhoyi, Zimbabwe. Recently retired from 20+ years as a high school teacher, Patience currently offers free mbira lessons to anyone in her community, while running a taxi service to make ends meet. Her dream is to open her own small college.
Patience has also organized several successful music camps in Zimbabwe, bringing together international students with herself and four other excellent Zimbabwean music teachers at Kufunda Village Learning Centre.