Sounds of Zimbabwean music open World Music Series at FRCC

LONGMONT, Colo. – An introduction into the traditional and contemporary music of Zimbabwe on Sept. 22 opens the Front Range Community College World Music Series for 2010.

The event is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. in the Community Room of the Classroom Building at the Boulder County Campus, 2121 Miller Drive, Longmont. Admission is free.

Mary Ellen Garrett, who performs with the Colorado-based musical group Chimanimani, will lead an interactive introduction into marimba, mbira and hosho. Marimba is an instrument with wooden bars played with mallets. Mbira is a hollowed gourd with wooden or metal strips attached for plucking. Hosho is a pair of dried gourds that are shaken so the seeds inside rattle.

Garrett has studied with Sheree Seretse, Claire Jones, Stephen Golovnin, Chris Berry, and Erica Azim, and has taken workshops from Chris Mhlanga, Forward Kwenda, and Cosmas Magaya. She started learning marimba in 1989, and mbira and hosho in 1990. She began teaching in 1991 and has taught both private lessons and group classes to students ranging from grade school age through adult.

For more information about the program or the World Music Series, contact Matt Dorris, music instructor, at

FRCC offers nearly 100 degree and certificate programs from locations in Boulder County, Larimer County, Westminster, and Brighton, and online.

FRCC is a member of the Colorado Community College System, the state’s largest system of higher education serving more than 151,000 students annually. CCCS oversees career and academic programs in the 13 state community colleges and career and technical programs in more than 160 school districts and seven other post-secondary institutions.

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