Upcoming Ancient Ways Events April/May

Please put these two events at Thyme Garden in Alsea on your calendar

  • April 23rd, at 2 pm, the Circle of Well Being, the wellness program of Ancient Ways, is sponsoring a healing circle as part of the Earth Day celebration at Thyme Garden 11 am. to 3 pm. Settled in the forest next to a waterway, Thyme Garden is well known for its incredible selection of herbs and enormous woodsy ambiance. Children welcome!
  • Sunday, May 14th, Ancient Ways community ensembles will be playing the sweet and uplifting music from Zimbabwe on marimbas as part of the 24th annual “Art in the Garden” Mother’s Day event (13th-14th, 10-5 pm). Kufindura will play 12:30 pm to 2 pm. Tamuka Marimba and Kufindura will both play 3:30 to 5 pm. Put on your dancing shoes!

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Ancient Ways at the Corvallis Saturday Market 7/30 11:00 am to 1:00 pm

Come join us for awesome music at the Corvallis Saturday Market from 11 to 1, this Saturday July 30!бизнес

4 Hours of Great Marimba Music!

An Ancient Ways ensemble, Kufindura, brings 4 hours of great marimba music from Zimbabwe to downtown Silverton on Saturday October 3rd as part of the Silverton Sidewalk Shindig Check this out!.  Please join us from 1 to 4 pm and again from 5 to 6 pm as these 7 musicians share the uplifting sweet music of the Shona people, complemented by a few original pieces. If you are interested in learning to play yourself check out our website! Bring your dancing shoes!

Ancient Ways playing the HOUR Exchange Summer Celebration 6/28

Find the Ancient Ways Community ensembles at Central Park in Corvallis from 1 to 2:30 pm on Sunday, June 28th, sharing the uplifting music from Zimbabwe! Both of the Corvallis classes will be playing. Nhimbe, the beginning class, and Mufambo, an intermediate class, are putting it together in the gazebo to beat the heat and celebrate the HOURS exchange, Benton County’s answer to the economy!

Join us for Mother’s Day!

Join the Ancient Ways Community Marimba Ensembles for Mother’s Day at Thyme Garden in Alsea. Enjoy the ambiance of great food and festive vendors while shopping for your favorite herbs. We’ll bring the uplifting music from Zimbabwe to share in the celebration. See you there this Sunday!

* Diki Diki Marimba and Kufindura will play from 12:30-2 pm
^ Kufindura, Mufambo and Nhimbe marimba groups will play from 3:30 -5 pm

Upcoming Zimbabwe Music Venues

Come join the Ancient Ways Community Ensembles as they share the sweet sounds of Shona music on marimba!
• May 2nd, 1:15 – 2 pm, Muti Marimba at LBCC One Vibe Diversity Day. Find us on West Way near the greenhouse…weather looks incredible…come and explore the campus in Albany!
• May 11th, Mother’s Day, Marimba Detembo and Muti Marimba share the stage from 12:30 – 2 pm, at The Thyme Garden in Alsea.
• Later on the 11th from 3:30 – 5 pm, Marimba Detembo and Mufambo Marimba finish the afternoon at the annual Mother’s Day celebration at Thyme Garden. Scrumptious food offerings, savory adult beverages, and unique gift booths add to the beautiful and bountiful nursery ambiance. Hope to see you there!

Also, remember May 3rd as Musekiwa Chingodza comes to Corvallis! Singing workshop 4 – 5:30 pm (541-752-7559541-752-7559) and Mhofela evening concert 7:30 pm (

Performance Tonight!

Our small group will be performing at “A Little Wild at Heart” an Art Gallery Charity Event with Silent Auction featuring 60 art blocks of Corvallis resident Jennifer Lommers.  Jen is donating 40% of her profits to the Chintimini Wildlife Center.  It should be a great evening of art and music, benefiting a wonderful local organization.  The event takes place at The Drawing Board, 425 SW Madison Ave, Suite G, Corvallis, OR from 6-8 pm.  Music starts at 6:30.


For more information about Jen and her art:


For more information about Chintimini Wildlife Center:

Upcoming Marimba Music!

Come and share in the sweet sounds of Zimbabwean marimba with Ancient Ways ensembles:
• Sunday, September 15th 11:30-12:30 pm Marimba Detembo at the Latino Festival, Monteith Park, Albany
• Thursday, September 19th 3:50-4:50 pm Mufambo Marimba at the Lebanon Thursday Market, Grant & Main, Lebanon
• Thursday, September 19th 5-7 pm Muti Marimba at the Lebanon Chamber of Commerce After Hours, Grant & Main, Lebanon
• Saturday, September 21st 11-12 pm Muti Marimba at Pinwheels for Peace, Court House, Corvallis
• Saturday, September 21st 2-3 pm Muti Marimba at St. Mary’s International Food Festival, Albany
Call with questions 541-259-4673!

Burgers for Books Fundraiser Sunday 8/25 12-2

“BURGERS FOR BOOKS” FUNDRAISER this Sunday 8/25/13 12-2PM at 35355 Eicher Rd, Albany OR 97322
Join us following the 10:45 am Gathering at The Shift when the Red Zebra Project will host a “Burgers for Books” barbeque fundraiser that will benefit a new books project in Zimbabwe through collaboration with Ancient Ways. The event will include:
• Live marimba music from Marimba Detembo
• Red Zebra cookie decorating and temporary tattoos for the kids
• Special appearance by Cosmas Magaya from Zimbabwe playing mbira
All donations will fund the new Red Zebra Project in Zimbabwe. Come and share food and festivities with us as we raise money to get Shona language books in the hands of the Zimbabwean children.
Also feel welcome to attend an informal tea party hosted by David & Hilary Ker of the Red Zebra Project on Sunday afternoon for those who would like a chance to meet Cosmas Magaya. Tea and coffee will be provided beginning at 3 pm. You can bring cakes, cookies or fruit if you like. The address is in downtown Albany, 539 5th Street SW near White Spires church on the corner of 5th and Calapooia. Call David at 541-971-0839 if you have questions or need

Kids Summer Class Success!

Wow! Last Friday we finished up the first Summer Youth Intensive Marimba Class in Corvallis. Eight students, aged 9-13, came and played for 3 hours a day for 5 days under the direction of Gary Spalter. I was a parent helper, so I was able to hang out in the class for about 2 hours each day. The students ranged in ability and previous experience: some have been playing marimba at school and in after school programs for a few years. Some had played a few years ago in school. And one girl, a Japanese exchange student, had never touched a marimba before. It was so exciting to see how they all progressed, whether it was solidly grasping the syncopated rhythms or mastery of complex running patterns. The kids had a blast, and were incredibly focused given their ages. They were captivated by the music, and Gary’s laid-back teaching style made it really fun for them. The kids would come in early in the morning, and from their recess breaks to start playing again. Of course, by the end of the week, they were getting a little tired, and there were several blisters that needed band-aids, but that didn’t stop them! They learned the basics of 5 songs (Nyungwe, Chemwainyera, Tsuro, Ndangariro and Nyuchi Dzinoruma) and performed them for friends and family on the final day.

Click here to listen to a clip of the kids playing Nyuchi Dzinoruma (learned Wednesday, played on Friday!).