umoja2.jpgThis year’s Zimbabwe chapter of Umoja Cultural Flying Carpet Festival will feature artists from other institutions other than those from the Zimbabwe College of Music, Zimbabwe Association of Music Educators and Chipawo as what used to happen in previous years.

A fifteen member ensemble group of Umoja Cultural Flying Carpet will represent Zimbabwe in Maputo, Mozambique in October this year where countries such as the hosts, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Norway will take part in a musical cultural exchange festival.

National Umoja team coordinator, Mrs. Rumbi Chipendo said out of the 50 artists selected, only 15 will make it in the final group.

These include choreographers and dancers, mbira and marimba instrument players.

Previously, artists who made up the Zimbabwe chapter of Umoja were chosen from the Zimbabwe College of Music, Zimbabwe Association of Music Educators (ZAME) and Chipawo.

Young artists from the four countries have for several years met to create and perform together, developing artistic professionalism through cultural collaborations.

The Zimbabwe National Umoja team comprises Rumbi Chipendo, who is in charge of the Zimbabwe Association of Music Educators, whose main goal is to promote effective teaching of music at all levels of the country’s education system, with emphasis on Zimbabwean traditional music.

Others are choreographer and dancer Tsitsi Tizora, Professor Fred Zindi and Elisha Herema.