Keith Goddard was born in Bulawayo / Zimbabwe on 13th March 1960. He started his musical education at the Zimbabwe College of Music and then, from 1979 to 1982, undertook the first of two degrees in music at Durham University, England, where he completed an MA in composition in 1985. Playing the Mbira himself he was not only a promoter of Zimbabwean indigenous music and instrument making, but also a champion of human rights and a true change agent working as a Director for KUNZWANA Trust and the Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (GALZ). He died after a short illness on 9th October 2009 at St Anne's Hospital in Harare. He was a man of great commitment, courage and humour.