Kutsinhira Cultural Arts Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to studying and sharing the music of Zimbabwe. It was founded in 1990 to continue the work of Dr. Dumisani (Dumi) Maraire, a Shona master musician.
In addition to classes and performances, Kutsinhira has been instrumental in sponsoring music residencies in Eugene for Zimbabwean master musicians including Cosmas Magaya, Ambuya Beauler Dyoko and Musekiwa Chingodza, the Chigamba family and Lucky Moyo. The opportunity to study with these teachers has given the community unique insights into the traditional music of Zimbabwe and southern Africa.
The close connections between Kutsinhira members and the Zimbabwean people led to the establishment of the Zimbabwe Community Development Project (ZCDP) in 2002. ZCDP funds — raised via benefit concerts, garage sales and direct donations — are used to support community development and education efforts in Zimbabwe during the currently difficult times in that country.