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Cultural exchange programme

The Kunzwana Trust has organised numerous festivals, tours and concerts in various parts of Zimbabwe:
May 1988: A festival of traditional music at the Murehwa Culture House, 90 km outside Harare where musicians from surrounding areas met for a day of musical celebration
September 1990 : An exhibition of Southern African Musical Instruments in conjunction with the Ethnomusicology Programme of the Zimbabwe College of Music and hosted by the French Cultural Services
October 1993: hosting of the Austrian Duo Attwenger and organising their Zimbabwe tour sharing the stage with Oliver Mutukudzi & The Black Spirits and with Black Umfolosi. This was the first collaboration with Austria-Zimbabwe Friendship Association
August/September 1994: The Houses of Stone Festival and Festival Trail which brought together musicians and Ethnomusicologists from many different parts of Africa and elsewhere in the world.

December 1995: hosting and organising of a music Safari of a group of artists and musicians from Linz (Georg Ritter, Peter Androsch, Rudi Pfann, Gotthard Wagner etal.), in due course first contact made with Tonga music in Siachilaba

February/March 1996: hosting of Wiener Tschuschenkapelle from Vienna on tour in Zimbabwe and Mocambique in collaboration with Ambuya Beauler Dyoko and Ghorwane

July 2002: hosting of Otto Lechner & Windhund from Vienna on tour to visit the Tonga area and attend Harare Jazz festival

Kunzwana Trust

KUNZWANA Trust has been established by Keith Goddard and his fellow trustees Fiona Lloyd, Phillip Marira and Debbie Metcalfe in 1987 as a non-profit-making organisation which fosters the practice and study of indigenous musics in Zimbabwe through the promotion of the work of performing artists and instrument makers for fair reward and the development of music research projects for educational purposes. The aim of KUNZWANA was to encourage the highest artists standards in Zimbabwean music and to provide artists and instrument makers with fair reward for the work they do.

The Violin Concerto (commissioned by the Cultural Capital of Europe Linz 2009 / unfinished)

“Although this serial technique, and other musical techniques, such as inaudible palindromes and 'secret' codes are borrowed from Berg's compositional toolbox, the soundworld is essentially different. The last section, for example, with its pulse-line construction, might be said to have more in common with a Zimbabwean mbira piece than with the so-called Second Viennese School of the early 20th Century.” from: Keith Goddard * Violin Concerto * Overall Concept, (unfinished)“

Tapiwa: An Opera in Shona language

“I have been commissioned by Artists in Action in Harare, Zimbabwe, to compose the score for an opera entitled ‘Tapiwa’. It is based on a two-hundred year-old legend involving a dispute concerning a woman (Tendai) not being able to produce a child by her husband (Tambo). The opera opens with discussion about her being returned to her village. A devious spirit medium (Svikiro) plots to have his way with Tendai by announcing that she is dedicated to the River God (Njuzu). After the dedication, she ‘miraculously’ produces a child (Tapiwa). But the rains have failed, there is drought and the people of the village blame their misfortune on three-year-old Tapiwa whom they accuse of being a witch. They shun and marginalise her and subsequently stone her to death.


The opera is the first in Shona, a Zimbabwean language spoken by over 70% of the people in this country. It is in two acts and based on a two-hundred year old story from the Shashe River near Great Zimbabwe Ruins. The libretto is by Susan Hains, a local producer and director and the translation is by Chirikure Chirikure, a poet and musician of note. I was asked to compose the score because of my long-term experience with Shona music which has involved some intensive study”. (Keith Goddard: Application for temporary resident composer at the University of Graz).


Keith Goddard: biography

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.

Hivos HO The Hague

Dear Friends at GALZ

It is with great sorrow that we received this weekend the news of Keith's passing away. We will miss Keith. At Hivos, many of us have come to know and work with him over the past years. For Hivos, supporting the struggle for gay rights and the fight against aids is part of our wider mission of promoting development, human rights and an inclusive society.

‘He dared go where most men wouldn’t’ / The African Times

Zimbabwean composer Keith Goddard, who died in October, fought tirelessly for music and human rights – By Peter Androsch

The collection: Aims and purpose

"KUNZWANA comes from the Shona word nzw(an)a which means
listening, hearing and understanding one another."
- Keith Goddard

The Keith Goddard Collection aims to collect, archive, study, disseminate and promote the legacy of the late Keith Goddard as a composer, cultural promoter and activist for human rights and social justice. Thereby the collection encompasses close to twenty years of collaboration between Southern Africa and Europe, between artists and other people in Austria and Zimbabwe for the promotion of intercultural respect, dialogue and exchange as it was organised jointly by Austria-Zimbabwe Friendship Association and Kunzwana Trust.

The Keith Goddard Collection establishes an easily accessible resource base of information and knowledge about the vision and the context, the approach and methodology of this cultural exchange. Its goal is to create a platform for reflections, learning and debate which should serve as an inspiration for further artistic production and collaboration. At a later stage a summary publication is envisaged. We call upon friends, colleagues and fellow artists to contribute and share their memories and ideas on this website.

The Keith Goddard Collection is a collaboration between Pamberi Trust in Harare / Zimbabwe and Austria-Zimbabwe Friendship Association in Linz / Austria encompassing the wider vision of our past and future cultural exchange and the legacy of Keith Goddard alike.

Keith Goddard: the cultural promoter

As a promoter and player of Zimbabwean indigenous music, Keith Goddard was strongly influenced in his musical thinking by African music theory and practice, especially its rhythms and textures and the role that music plays in society. He worked with distinguished ethnomusicologists Paul Berliner, renowned for his book The Soul of Mbira, and Andrew Tracey, whose father, Hugh Tracey, founded the International Library of African Music ILAM in Grahamstown, South Africa. He travelled the world with Zimbabwean musicians and his foundation KUNZWANA Trust hosted the Houses of Stone festival with researchers and musicians from various parts of Africa.