(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...
Her impressive November 2017 tour also functions as a fundraiser for a centre of traditional music Stella is currently building from scratch outside of Harare! Highlights are gigs at key venues and festivals such as Café OTO. Holland's Le Guess Who Festival? or Berlin's new feminist We Make Waves Festival.
always available - travels: 1 x from Berlin