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Marimba, the Zimbabwe

When Ruzivo brings Zimbabwean marimba music to Pritchard Park tonight, the ensemble will share not only music, but also a different idea of sharing music.

“There’s not a concept of performer and audience,” said Paul Mataruse, Ruzivo music director and a native of the African nation. “You’re performing with people who are performing with you, singing, drumming. The concept of audience separate from performance is a foreign concept (in Zimbabwe).”

Mataruse will introduce rhythms for listeners to clap along to or simple lyrics to sing.

Some songs will be his original compositions, while others are traditional spirituals or songs typically sung to drum accompaniment for all-night celebrations.

The ensemble members —Diana Chamrad, Kim Foley, Paul Mataruse, Dana Moffett, Zack Norman and Debra Reeve — trade off playing the seven different marimbas, each pitched for a different range.

The marimba is descended from the traditional mbira instrument.

At age 6, Mataruse learned to play the high-pitched marimba from his father. The instrument was small enough to be played sitting down. But even before marimba, there was singing.

“Everyone sings in Zimbabwe,” Mataruse said. “So there’s always music in people’s day-to-day life.”

Ruzivo plays from 5-7 p.m. in the first-ever concert at Pritchard Park, accessible only from Creosote Place off Eagle Harbor Drive.

Attendees are invited to pack a picnic dinner to enjoy the waterfront setting.

For more information about Ruzivo, see

– Tina Lieu

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The filing period for this fall’s local elections begins Monday in Port Orchard, with potential candidates having until 4 p.m. July 29 to formally declare for public office.

Prospective candidates must file in person at the county elections office inside Port Orchard’s Givens Center, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Filing fees are 1 percent of the yearly salary for the office in question, or $72 to run for Bainbridge Island City Council, and $518.29 to run for mayor.

The auditor will post names of all those filing twice daily, in the early afternoon and after the close of business.

The primary election, to take place Sept. 20, will be the first since Kitsap County became a vote-by-mail zone. But the new system should seem familiar, as county elections manager Dolores noted that the last two off-year elections have been mail-only contests.

General Election Day is Nov. 8.

Both the primary and general election days are essentially deadlines for ballots to arrive in the Kitsap County Auditor’s office, although drop boxes will be available in several county locations on these days.

As an odd-year election, the races are generally non-partisan. Across the county, there are several council elections, along with mayoral contests in Poulsbo, Bainbridge Island and Bremerton.

More information is available on the Kitsap County website,, or by calling 842-2061.

– Charlie Bermant

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