Kelly Takunda Orphan: music, zimbabwe, soul, jazz, vocal, percussion, mbira, drums, gospel


Thursday, May 22: KTO Project &  Voices of Zimbabwe


20 years ago, I had the amazing opportunity to participate in a year-long study of Ethnomusicology at the University of Zimbabwe. Not only did I learn how to play mbira, dance and drum with some of the finest traditional musicians from Zimbabwe, but I made life-long friendships from this unforgettable experience.

I am thrilled to announce that one of my dearest friends, mbira virtuoso, Musekiwa Chingodza is visiting from Zimbabwe this spring!

The KTO Project is teaming up once again with "Voices of Zimbabwe" to celebrate 20 years of friendship and music!

Please mark your calendars and make a point to come out and celebrate with us!



Thursday, May 22:
KTO Project &
Voices of Zimbabwe:
Celebrating 20 Years of Friendship and Music

Performs at
The Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse
2020 Addison Street
Berkeley, CA 94704

8pm show

Featuring Musekiwa Chingodza,
Mbira virtuoso from Zimbabwe,

The KTO Project and many special guests who have played along-side Kelly for the past 20 years! Zimbabwean mbira music — vocal and percussion — Traditional music from Zimbabwe with a twist!

Ticket info:

$23 in advance and $25 at the door
Half-off tickets for youth 21 & under, discount for seniors.

Musekiwa Chingodza is a highly acclaimed musician and teacher who plays traditional mbira music of Zimbabwe both in ceremonies and performances internationally.

The KTO Project, a dynamic, danceable world music ensemble, which has been lighting up Bay Area music venues for the past 10 years.

Thank you once again for your support of local music!
Musically Yours,
Kelly Takunda Orphan Martinez


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