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Friday, Jun 24, 7:30 pm
Saturday, Jun 25, 7:30 pm
Sunday, Jun 26, 7:30 pm







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Zimfest 2022

Come Celebrate the Engaging Power of Zimbabwean Music and Dance
June 24, 25 and 26: 7:30 PM to Midnite each night

Zimfest 2022 marks our 30th annual festival of Zimbabwean music and culture! Following online-only festivals in 2020 and 2021, we joyfully gather in person this year to enjoy the best traditional and contemporary Zimbabwean music this side of the Atlantic. Ticketed concerts at the Lincoln Theatre will be hybrid, presenting both in-person performances of Zimbabwean music and pre-recorded sessions from Zimbabweans in Zimbabwe and the diaspora who are unable to join us in person.

Friday, June 24, 2022

7:30-8:30         Live - Mbira dzaSoko (Richmond, CA USA) - Zimbabwean mbira maker and player, Salani Wamkanganise with Kelly Orphan and friends

8:35-9:05         Pre-recorded - Tsungai Tsikirai & Friends (Maidenhead, UK) - the latest Southern African sounds from vocalist extraordinaire Tsungai Tsikirai, backed by UK instrumentalists

9:05-9:50         LiveNaby Camara & Lagni Sussu (Renton, WA USA) - master balafon player from Guinea, West Africa

9:50-10:05       Intermission

10:05-10:20     Pre-recorded – Martha Thom: Jerusarema Dance (Harare, ZW) - a joyful dance from Murewa, Zimbabwe

10:20-10:50     Pre-recorded – Linos Wengara Magaya & Zimbaremabwe Mbira Vibes (Brighton, UK) – Acoustic mbira plus vocals and percussion

11:00-12:00     LiveBoka Marimba (Portland, OR USA) - Portland’s original African-style marimba band

Saturday, June 25, 2022

7:30 – 8:15      Pre-recordedTotem Marimba Band (Johannesburg, SA) – Totem, led by Michael Sibanda, performs a range of world music on marimba

8:15 – 8:45      Pre-recordedDzirimudeze Mbira Ensemble (Gweru, ZW) - Indigenous and contemporary mbira music from Midlands State University faculty

8:50 – 9:50      LiveZiMBiRA Afrofusion Band (Boulder, CO USA) - 10-piece AfroJam band steeped in the traditional music of Zimbabwe

9:50 – 10:05    Intermission

10:05 – 10:20  Pre-recordedNdomupeishe Chipendo: Dinhe Drum Circle (Harare, ZW) – Northern Zimbabwe drumming patterns and chants.

10:20 – 10:50  Pre-recordedMusic According to Percussion (Harare, ZW) - Exploring different regions of Zimbabwe through music and dance

11:00 – 12:00  LiveVawachi II (Seattle, WA USA) – Veterans of Maraire Marimba Ensemble and more!

Sunday, June 26, 2022

7:30 – 8:30      LiveRuzivo (Bothell, WA USA) – Hi-energy traditional Zimbabwean and contemporary Afropop music.

8:35 – 9:05      Pre-recordedAfrica Rise Concert (Harare, Mutare & Kwekwe, ZW) – Top 5 winners of the 2022 Celebrate Africa music competition promoting African instruments and music

9:05 – 9:25      Live – Sarungano (Langley, WA USA) - Sarungano “Storyteller,” a 4 piece vocal and mbira ensemble

9:25 – 9:40      Intermission

9:40 – 10:05    Pre-recorded – Umkhathi Theatre Works (Bulawayo, ZW) - Award-winning multi-disciplinary performing arts ensemble

10:05 – 10:50  Pre-recordedMhare DzeNhare (Harare & Chinoyi, ZW) - A collective of seven women mbira players with a fresh take on the traditional repertoire

10:50 – 11:50  Live – Jeff Brahe and Friends (Lakewood, WA & Santa Fe, NM USA) - Mix of marimba, mbira, bass guitar and vocals guaranteed to please!

Check out daytime festivities at the Skagit County Fairgrounds June 25-26 on our website at

Until further notice, this event will require proof of a COVID vaccination or a negative test for entry. Face coverings will be required as well.

Advance Festival Seating Tickets: $22 + 3-night package at $60 for Adults 12 and over,  $11 + 3-concert package at $30 for children 11 and under + applicable fees.  Discount Package will be automatically generated with purchase of all 3 days.