Ticha Muzavazi is one of the most sought after nyunga nyunga makers and teachers. He offers individual and groups lessons in Harare as well as online lessons for students anywhere in the world. Currently he teaches some students via WhatsApp calls using his teaching method he’s developed form his experience of teaching blind students.
Trust Mutekwa or Ticha Muzavazi as he’s most popularly known, is a teacher who trained at Morgenster Teachers’ College, United College of Education and the University of Zimbabwe. He has been working with the Nyunga Nyunga mbira since his first year of training as a teacher in 1998.
Mbira in schools
He has introduced mbira in many schools around the country working with institutions that include;
- Tafara 1 Primary School- Harare
- Girls College- Bulawayo
- St. Giles Special School
- Borrowdale Primary School- Harare
- David Livingstone Primary School
- Streets Ahead
- Dominican Convent High School.
Mbira in special schools
His work with the mbira club at St. Giles Special School has taken his students to various festivals, concerts and competitions. His classes of 2010 and 2016 recorded musical album. His class of 2013 raised funds to purchase new musical instruments. His class of 2015 travelled to the United States of America for participation in the 5th edition of the World Children’s Festival held in Washington D.C
He also facilitated establishment of Mbira Clubs in 9 of the special schools in Zimbabwe. He is the Coordinator of Special Schools Arts Festival. He is also the founder of ICT Skills for Every Blind Child.
He holds a series of mbira teacher training workshops under the “Teach the Ticha” initiative.
In 2014, he launched the Ticha Muzavazi Nyunga Nyunga Prize as a sponsor of the best solo mbira players in three categories of the Eisteddfods Vocal and Instrumental Competitions hosted by the National Institute of Allied Arts.
Besides teaching, Muzavazi is a fine artist, a storyteller and novelist who wrote Yokwira Mutarara, Bongozozo, Tichakura and Roodzai. His poetry has been published in Kafiramberi- his own collection- as well as in four anthologies: Ngoma Yokwedu, Jakwara Renhetembo, Mudengu Munei and Shoko Harivhikwi.