Chiroto, which means “dream,” is comprised of 8-10 members from Moscow(ID), Lewiston(ID), Cle Elum(WA), and Clarkston(WA). Chiroto was formed in May of 2007 as a community music project. Chiroto performs Traditional and Contemporary Zimbabwean music on marimbas. Also included are original compositions and arrangements by our teacher, Tendai Muparutsa. Some of his arrangements include other instruments such as harp, flute, flugel horn, trumpet, banjo, voice, drums, and mbira. Zimbabwean music is about audience participation; clapping, dancing, and singing. Most of our repertoire is high energy and lively. Tendai is sharing Zimbabwean music around the Western United States and Canada. Chiroto has performed at the 2008 Spokane Fall Folk Festival, Zimfest 2008 in Tacoma, 2008 Northwest Folklife Festival, and Zimfest 2007 in Olympia.
About our teacher:
Tendai Muparutsa was born in Mutare, Zimbabwe. He attended the Zimbabwe College of Music, where he was taught by Dumi Maraire, Sheasby Matiure, Claire Jones, Mitchel Strampf, and several others.
Tendai describes himself as more of an ethnomusicologist than just a music educator. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Zimbabwe and recently graduated with a master’s degree in Music Education at the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho. Tendai is currently attending the University of Alberta in Edmonton, pursuing a Doctorate in Ethnomusicology.
Tendai has also played with several popular bands in Zimbabwe. He has trained Marymount Teachers College Dance Troop and their marimba band and has worked with Rooftop Promotions dance group for Harare International Festival Arts (HIFA) performances. Tendai has also led the Zimbabwe College of Music Marimba Ensemble during his entire study period there. He taught workshops in schools around Harare and Mutare and was involved in an exchange program between Zimbabwe’s ZAME and Friedrikstad of Norway, where he taught marimba to the Norwegians.
Before Tendai left Zimbabwe he was a Teaching Assistant at Midlands State University, where he led their marimba and dance sections.