(Glitterbeat, Harare / Berlin)
We are stoked to be representing a true legend now:
Her Majesty - the Queen of Mbira music from Zimbabwe - like Stella Rambisai Chiweshe is affectionately called, is the first female artist who gained prestige in a music tradition that's been dominated by men: in Mbira music - known as the backbone of Zimbabwean music. The Mbira consists of 22 to 28 metal keys mounted on a hardwood soundboard and is usually placed inside a gourd resonator (deze). The keys are played with the two thumbs plucking down and the right forefinger plucking up.
At 71 Stella is Zimbabwe's internationally most prolific performer, being a prominent star in the 1.0 days of "world music" in the 1980es and early 90es. Since then, things have been getting a bit quiet around the "queen", which is currently changing for good, as Chiweshe is still a breathtakingly powerful and highly spiritual performer...
always available - travels: 1 x from Berlin
06.04. NL Leiden De X
07.04. BE Antwerpen Het Bos
08.04. BE Bruxelles BRDCST Festival
09.04. DE Düsseldorf KIT-Café
20.04. DE Berlin Ausland
11.05. DE Berlin XJazz
31.05. CH Düdingen Bad Bonn Kilbi
01.06. IT Milano ZUMA Fest