Mbira Spirit: Embracing the Rhythms of Diversity

Mbira Spirit 1“Music is for everyone and together young and old we will help build and sustain our diverse communities. Embracing the rhythms of Africa by singing, dancing and playing together, we will also improve our quality of life.” (Amy and Tafadzwa Matamba of Mbira Spirit)

Meet a dynamic duo of Diversity Educators and Artists, Amy and Tafadzwa Matamba of Mbira Spirit. This pair of creative Inclusive Leaders are building welcoming and inclusive communities through their empowering, interactive diversity education performances. Where ever they perform, they help schools, groups, organizations, and entire communities relate to different cultures with peace, love and harmony.

The photo above is from a 2014 tour of BC’s Gulf Islands, and the photos below are from their January 1st sold-out show for all ages at the Duncan Show Room, Vancouver Island, BC,, Canada. Amy and Tafadzwa kicked off the New Year in Duncan, BC, Canada by setting their intention to do what they love every day of 2015:

  • Singing and dancing while playing Mbira, guitars and more.
  • Sharing stories that are sometimes hilarious, often thought provoking (as all good diversity education stories are), and always inspirational. 
  • Improving lives and building inclusive communities through music that embraces diversity.


Amy and Tafadzwa plan to spend much of the year traveling to communities throughout Vancouver Island, other places on the west coast of Canada, making music, educating young and old and raising funds for their dream of creating twin cultural centres on Vancouver Island AND in Tafadzwa’s country of origin, Zimbabwe.

If you live in the Cowichan Region consider signing up for their Music and Diversity Empowerment Course Tuesdays 1:30 to 2:30 at Island Savings Centre January 27 to March 3 or April 2 to May 12 (or both!). Cost: $90.00. Phone: 250-748-7529 or register on-line: https://onlineca.activecommunities.com/CVRDRECREATION/Start/Start.asp

No matter where you live, contact Amy and Tafadzwa Matamba at mbiraspirit@gmail.com for more information about possibilities for booking Mbira Spirit to provide a Music and Diversity Empowerment package for your school, community program, weekend workshop or evening event.  This dynamic duo is going places!!!!

You can follow Amy and Tafadzwa’s Mbira Spirit news, find out where they are performing next and purchase their Mbira by the Sea CD on Facebook: www.facebook.com/MbiraSpirit/

Amy and Tafadzwa are members of the Inclusive Leadership Co-operative. We hope you will take some time to explore our ILC website and learn how you can share leadership in transforming communities by embracing diversity as gifts that enrich the world. We invite you to share your stories, participate in experiential Inclusive Leadership education, read our books, and join with Amy, Tafadzwa and other Inclusive Leaders from diverse generations, cultures and other backgrounds. We all have vital roles to play in building welcoming and inclusive communities based on respect for the magnificence of diversity. Click here to go to our Calendar of Events in 2015.

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