Cosmas Magaya

Cosmas Magaya on a mission to preserve African music.

Internationally renowned Zimbabwean mbira player Cosmas Magaya is in California for a Santa Cruz/Bay Area residency, which includes stops at Stanford, UC Santa Cruz, and California State University, Monterey Bay.

He realized [the mbira] represented more than an instrument to him: The mbira meant family and spirituality. His parents regularly invited mbira players to participate in religious ceremonies, as it’s commonly used in weddings, funerals and healing rituals among the Shona people.