(Glitterbeat, Harare / Berlin)
Despite the lockdowns and all that jazz, 2020 and 2021 have been busy years for the 75-year-old Stella Chiweshe. She played a solid amount of these "socially distanced" pop-up open-air shows, streamed concerts over the interwebs, prepared the reissue of her first internationally released album „Ambuya!“ (originally from 1987) and worked on a crowdfunding campaign securing money for her new centre of traditional Shona arts in the Zimbabwean countryside.
Still a breathtakingly powerful and highly spiritual performer, Chiweshe reclaimed the throne of the "Queen of Mbira" after releasing a collection of early singles named "Kasahwa" on Glitterbeat late in 2018. Her traditional "Mbira" music (the word is both categorizing the instrument and the style) is a medium to establish contact with the spirits of the deceased ancestors and thus also able to bring about community among the listeners.
In May 2021, Stella Chiweshe travelled to the studio of legendary Krautrockers Faust in South Germany to lay down a set of brand-new music under the supervision of the band's keyboardist Hans-Joachim Irmler.
Now, she is available to play more of her deeply moving concerts again.
always available - travels: 1 x from Berlin