In an effort to give back to the source of our music, Kutandara sponsors 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, Kutandara Music Director, and Amy Stewart McIntosh, Kutandara Program Director, traveled to Zimbabwe during the winter of 2001/2002. They stayed in villages and homes of master musicians and learned much about traditional music, culture, and rural life. They also provided medical and food relief 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.
While in Zimbabwe, we provided relief to rural villages struck by the devastations of poverty, disease, and drought, while studying with master musicians and exchanging stories of our cultures.
While in the US, we continue to host benefit concerts for charities doing work in Zimbabwe, and provide Zimbabwean teachers with opportunities for income through instruction and performing, as well as a forum for sharing their life stories. Through this outreach, we enrich our understanding of Zimbabwe and continue to build cultural bridges with her people.