Tendekai Kuture is head of the music department, and choir director at United Methodist-related Africa University in Mutare, Zimbabwe. He joined AU in 2008, and he describes the Africa University Choir as one of the choral wonders of the world.
Kuture’s music career and experience spans 40 years. His first assignment as a choir conductor was in 1971 at Nyamuzuhwe High School, a United Methodist Mission school in Zimbabwe’s north-eastern district of Mutoko. He continued to do choir training and conducting as he progressed to Nyadire Teachers’ College, where he chose music as a special study subject.
This position advanced Kuture’s knowledge of music, particularly choral music. At Nyadire, he served as the college’s choir director for three years. His outstanding accomplishment was developing the ability to teach and train choral music using either staff or tonic-sol-fa notation. This accounted for Kuture’s profound choral growth.
In 1984, Kuture enrolled for a Diploma in Music at Hillside Teachers’ College. This qualification enabled him to be employed in the Music Department of Mutare Teachers’ College in 1985. He taught Music Theory, Appreciation, History and Practicals and conducted the Mutare Teachers’ College Choir from 1985 to 2002. During this period, he started working with the St. James United Methodist choir in Mutare, a choir he also directed from 1989 to 2000.
It was during this period that the Zimbabwe Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church discovered Kuture’s choral gifts, resulting in his appointment as conference director. He held this post from 1989 to 2002, and he was in charge of the Music Ministry of Zimbabwe Annual Conference, which at that time included Malawi, South Africa, Zambia and Botswana. His task was to improve both congregational hymnal and choral singing in the United Methodist Church. He organized and ran choral workshops, coaching clinics, and he also composed and arranged competition set pieces.
Kuture holds diplomas in teacher education and music from Nyadire Teachers’ College and Hillside Teachers’ College respectively. He holds a Bachelor of Education degree in Music from the University of Zimbabwe, which he was awarded in 1995; and a Master of Music degree from the University of Idaho.
He was born on April 8, 1954 at Nyadire United Methodist Mission Center.