Tirikudzoka zvakare! Save the date!
Zimbabwe 41st Independence Day Pop-Up Camp!
April 18, 2021 | 12PM - 1:15PM ET | Ages 5-10
The Zimbabwe KIDS Summer Camp is a virtual, educational experience created for children ages 5-10 globally.
Our mission is to educate every Zimbabwean child by 2025, through our signature Liberated Curriculum.
Our Liberated Curriculum grounds our children in the Madzimbabwe teachings of Mushandirapamwe (collective cooperation), Hunhu
(a love for humanity) and Chivanhu (ancestral wisdom as a way
Our camp upholds these teachings by nurturing community with families, hiring stellar Zimbabwean Teaching Artists and by making our camp financially accessible to students through scholarships.
Meet The Team
Founder and Artistic Director
Professor Tanyaradzwa Tawengwa is a gwenyambira, singer, composer and healer whose practice is grounded in the rich cultural reservoirs that Zimbabwe possesses. She is the founder of Nhanha Inc., a company dedicated to creating children’s edutainment materials in Zimbabwean languages. She earned her B.A. in music composition (cum laude) from Princeton University, her M.M. in Voice Performance at the University of Kentucky as is currently a Doctoral candidate in Voice Performance at the University of Kentucky.
Dr. Tawanda Chabikwa
Director of Curriculum Development
Tawanda is a Zimbabwean-born interdisciplinary artist-scholar engaged in practice-as-research methodologies, in collaborative, contemplative, and creative endeavors. Current intrigues involve transnational Afrikan identities, contemporary African theatrical dance, Africana philosophy, religions and spiritualities, decolonial modernities, and embodied research methodologies. He holds a B.A. in Human Ecology, an M.F.A. in Dance and a PhD.
Vongai Shava is a third culture kid raised in Zimbabwe, the United Kingdom and China. She holds a B.A (Hons) in Film and Television Studies and trained classically at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York. Recently she won the award for Best Drama Actress at the Catalyst Content Festival for the immigration-inspired short "Patiri In The Promised Land".
Ratidzo Dangarembwa Morgan
Ratie is a singer and songwriter born and raised in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe and currently based in Eugene, Oregon. Her love for harmonizing voices was nurtured when she joined Zimbabwean all female acapella ensemble Nobuntu on their debut European tour and backing vocals for Bongolove on their US tour.
Mirirai Sithole is a Brooklyn based artist. She has worked Off-Broadway in plays such as “School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play” and “If Pretty Hurts...”. She grew up in Framingham, Massachusetts but was born in Harare, Zimbabwe. She can be seen in the most recent season of Black Mirror as well as the first season of Russian Doll as well as a multitude of other TV shows.
What Parents are saying
“After class Nyasha would be singing all the songs and telling everyone what an amazing day she had! I do want to know though, now that most of the kids are gonna be in school virtually, what’s next!? Cause we want to sign up for everything.”
- Mavhu W.
“Omolola was so excited to be in camp and she was so excited to be prepared for camp. She was really really excited after the classes and wanted to do all of the homework immediately after! I’ve never seen her be that engaged in a Zoom class! I would definitely say that if there was another camp I would sign up.”
- Sharon A.
“Thank you so much for such an enlightening camp! This is so needed in our community. I would love to see this grow into something bigger that we can participate in throughout our kids' childhood. Thank you for all of your hard work and patience. Bless you always!”
- Lynnet N.
“Thank you so much, and it’s truly amazing for the kids to have access to so many incredible artists in such a short span. It’s beautiful to see how much warmth and love that can be given via Zoom."
- Rashida B.
“Living in Santa Barbara, there aren't that many Zimbabweans- so at times teaching him our culture can be challenging. But this camp was like an “Aha!” moment for him, realizing that there are other Zimbabweans who are like him. It was an awesome experience for him to share with other kids to get into that space and see how we live.”
- Angela C.
“Thank you so much for this camp experience! My boys had a fantastic time and even made friends from this camp! Well done, thank you for such a well planned and professional experience! They are still singing the songs and dancing”
- Millicent M.
The Zimbabwe Artists Collective is a creative community founded by Vongai Shava and Tanyaradzwa Tawengwa. We are a collective of US-based Zimbabwean artists with the mission of providing Zimbabwean-driven cultural content to the Zimbabwean community here in the US.
If you have any questions or need clarification, please do not hesitate to reach out.