(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 in prestige and has been honored with recognition 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.
She is one of the few musicians in Zimbabwe and Southern Africa, who since more than 40 years is working in the role of traditional Mbira musician. She is a well respected and important woman in the music business too, where bands perform at festivals, in theatres, churches, schools, community halls as well as in families homes for their ancestors. She set an example for the rest of the women musicians in Zimbabwe. In Zimbabwe she released more than 20 singles of Mbira music of which her first single Kasahwa went gold in 1975.
always available - travels: 1 x from Berlin
02.06. DE Berlin Funkhaus
10.06. DE Berlin Torstraßen Festival
17.06. BE Aalst Netwerk
24.06. DE Berlin Down By The River
25.06. NL Amsterdam Roots
11.07. UK London Café OTO
12.07. UK Bradford Delius Arts Centre
14.07. UK Kingskerswell Parish Church
15.07. UK Porthtowan Tropical Pressure Festival
16.07. UK Isle of Wight Rhythmtree Festival