DANA MOFFETT AND RUBATANO
Dana Moffett has undertaken a long journey into the complex and beautiful music of Zimbabwe, resulting in her creation of Rubatano Center on Whidbey Island. The center's focus is marimba instruction and a direct exchange of instructors from Zimbabwe. In addition to teaching in the Northwest, Dana has taught at numerous camps and festivals including the annual Zimbabwean Music Festival, Nhemamusasa North in Canada, The Canvas in Juneau, Alaska and for the Matanho Project in Zimbabwe. Dana is a performance artist with Ruzivo and Paul Mataruse, touring in the United States, Canada and Zimbabwe. She has a strong background working with youth camps and youth performance groups. Through her passion she fosters respect for the music and the demands of performing in an ensemble. Dana's love of the music has taken her to Zimbabwe seven times, to study the music and culture. She enjoys enjoys being a student of this music, be it marimba, mbira, dance, or singing. Dana is dedicated to the enrichment of her local community through the teaching of Zimbabwean music and culture.
Zimbabwean-style marimba music offers students a unique cross-cultural opportunity to explore an in-depth and wide range of music from Africa. Students build their musical confidence and have the opportunity to experience success quickly. Learning in ensemble form, on soprano, tenor, baritone and bass marimbas, encourages the importance of listening to each other. In addition to hands-on instruction, students are introduced to the African culture, rhythm, songs, dance and language associated with the instrument's origins.