Cosmas Magaya is confirmed dead at the age of 66.
Cosmas was best known as a Zimbabwean mbira musician.
Death was likely due to COVID-19.
Cosmas Magaya
Background information
Born1953 (age 66–67)
OriginMhondoro-Ngezi, Zimbabwe
DiedJuly 10, 2020(2020-07-10) (aged 66) (death due to Covid-19 infection)
Harare, Zimbabwe
Occupation(s)Musician, teacher
Cosmas Magaya (1953-2020) was a Zimbabwean mbira musician.
1 Background
2 Leadership positions
3 References
4 External links
Raised in the rural areas of Mhondoro-Ngezi, Magaya played a role in the research of musicologist Paul Berliner's books The Soul of Mbira (1978), The Art of Mbira (2019), coauthored with Berliner Mbira's Restless Dance (2020) and also performed mbira on the accompanying Soul of Mbira audio recordings released by Nonesuch Records. Magaya performed internationally in Europe and the United States with Mhuri Yekwa Rwizi, and the Zimbabwe Group Leaders Mbira Ensemble, including members Hakurotwi Mude, Beauler Dyoko, Chaka Chawasarira, Simon Magaya and Paul Berliner.
Leadership positions
Aside from his activities in music, Magaya was also Program Director for Nhimbe for Progress, a non-profit organization serving impoverished villagers in the Mhondoro region of Zimbabwe, and he sat on the Board of Directors of Tariro, a grassroots non-profit organization working in Zimbabwe to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS by educating young women and girls. Cosmas Magaya was also the Village Head of Magaya/Zvidzai Village under Chief Nherera of Mhondoro.
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