M@BU - Music at Bradford University presents:
The internationally acclaimed and award-winning Queen of Mbira music from Zimbabwe playing since the early 70s
Plus Guest Support TBA
at Delius Arts & Cultural Centre, 29 Great Horton Rd, Bradford. BD7 1AA.
£10 / £7 concessions plus Pay As You Feel available. Wednesday July 12th 2017 7:30pm doors.
This event is supported by University of Bradford and Arts Council England and is part of Artworks Creative Communities programme of events funded by the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation.
Stella Chiweshe - The Mbira Queen of Zimbabwe
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.
Stella Rambisai Chiweshe - The Queen of Mbira music from Zimbabwe - is the first female artist who gained prestige in a music tradition that's been dominated by men. Her Solo work has established herself as one of the most original artists in the contemporary African scene using mbira music to show the depth and power of her traditional spiritual music at home and abroad.
Chiweshe started to perform solo in ceremonies around Zimbabwe in the early 70s. From 1982 she toured internationally, having performed in Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia, Congo Brazzaville, Zanzibar. Germany, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Italy, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Bulgaria, Hungary, Czech-Republic, Slovenia, Serbia, India, China, Korea, England, Ireland, France, Orkney Islands, Italy, Turkey, Greece, Austria, New Zealand, Australia, USA, Spain and Canary Islands, and in Croatia.
In Zimbabwe she released more than 20 singles of Mbira music of which her first single Kasahwa went gold in 1975. She has won several awards in her country. In 2003 the University of Zimbabwe honoured her with the Masters Degree in Arts.