(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
11.05. DE Berlin XJazz
31.05. CH Düdingen Bad Bonn Kilbi
01.06. IT Milano ZUMA Fest
02.06. UK Rugby Heritage Zimbabwe
08.06. SE Göteborg Clandestino Festival
23.06. IT Roma Forte Prenestino
27.06. DE Lärz Fusion
30.06. DE Berlin African Acid Is The Future