In an effort to give back to the source of our music, we sponsor fundraising efforts throughout the year to assist our friends and teachers in Zimbabwe. Each year we raise funds through performances and donations for this purpose. Close personal relationships have been formed with teachers, friends, and villagers in Zimbabwe.
Poverty and disease runs rampant in Zimbabwe. Many Zimbabweans, including our teachers, have been deeply and tragically impacted by these situations. Unfortunately, government and private programs cannot provide necessary support and relief that reaches everyone.
Randy McIntosh and Amy Stewart McIntosh, Kutandara Program Director, traveled to Zimbabwe during the winter of 2001/2002. and again during the summer of 2017. They stayed in villages and homes of master musicians and learned much about traditional music, culture, and rural life. They also provided support to villages and individuals during their stay. It was an enriching and life-changing experience.
Today, we continue this exchange by facilitating cultural exchanges with Zimbabwean teachers and musicians.