Julia Tsitsi Chigamba grew up in the rich cultural traditions of Shona music and dance. Daughter of the highly respected gwenyambira, Sekuru Chigamba, she is a longtime member of Mhembero, the Chigamba family dance and mbira ensemble. Julia came to the United States in 1999.

Two years later, in Oakland, California, she established the organization Tawanda muChinyakare and the music and dance company Chinyakare to share the beauty and wisdom of her culture in the United States . Julia continues to teach dance, music and culture in Oakland schools and in the community.

Under the direction of Julia Tsitsi Chigamba, the Chinyakare Ensemble boasts a collection of diverse and experienced musicians and dancers from both Africa and the United States . True to its name, "deep traditional," the ensemble represents traditional music and dance from Shona, Ndebele, and other tribal groups from around Zimbabwe.

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