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Zimbabwe Cultural Centre in Detroit (ZCCD) mission is to educate, archive, and promote the arts and culture of Zimbabwe. Our goal is to encourage strong ties between culture producers and residents in both Zimbabwe and abroad acting as catalysts for critical artistic production as well as cultural exchange between diverse communities.

COMRADES / Joyce Jenje Makwenda

ZCCD Research Fellow 2017

In partnership with Njelele Art Station, Joyce Jenje Makwenda came to Detroit to research the connection between Zimbabwe township music and Motown. 

In her archive in Harare.

Joyce Jenje Makwenda is an archivist, historian, ethnomusicologist and writer who was born in Zimbabwe in 1958. She lives and works in Harare where she founded and runs the Joyce Jenje Makwenda Collection Archive. It is one of the largest privately-owned archives of documented interviews, newspaper, vinyl records, photography, musical instruments, amongst other objects and materials, in Zimbabwe. For the past 30 years her work has been focused on early urban culture, music, politics, education, religion, media, fashion, sexuality (taboo), cultural issues and women’s histories in Zimbabwe. Some of her notable publications are Zimbabwe Township Music (2005), Divorce Taken (2009), and Women Musicians of Zimbabwe (2013).

Research Motown hostory with Martha Reeves (center), Marsha Philipot (left) and Joyce Jenja Makwenda (right) at Martha Reeves residence in Detroit.

Joyce Jenje Makwenda with Marsha Battle Philpot aka Marsha Music at Trinosphes Cafe in Detroit during her research.