Ambuya Chiweshe to sign off tonight

HARARE - Mbira legend Stella Chiweshe will make her final performance in Zimbabwe at the Book Café tonight before flying back to her German base.

Ambuya Chiweshe will share the stage with Vibe Culture— the late Chiwoniso Maraire’s backing band which is now under the leadership of Rumbi Tavaziva.

Interestingly, the late Chiwoniso, who was a respected mbira star before she passed on, performed with Ambuya Chiweshe last year.

During her short stay in Zimbabwe, Ambuya Chiweshe managed to recapture the hearts of Zimbabweans by giving unforgettable performances at a cultural fiesta held at Pakare Paye Arts Centre in Norton and at Book Café in Harare.  On June 26 the doyen of mbira music officially launched the Chivanhu Trust which aims to reignite the spirit and passion for Zimbabwean culture and traditions, especially amongst the youth.

The Trust, created by Ambuya Chiweshe, also seeks to accord elderly folk of Zimbabwe their traditional and respected role in social life by understanding and listening to their wisdom.

The mbira matriarch hopes her initiative will create a bond between Zimbabwean youths and their elders.

For over 40 years and counting, Ambuya Chiweshe has blazed a trail.

Refusing to be relegated to the role of an mbira spectator, Chiweshe was driven from within to convince her uncles and grandparents to teach her how to play the Mbira.

The legendary musician likens the 23 keys of her mbira to 23 voices. Her international acclaim has scaled heights few Zimbabwean artists have attained, bringing the spirit of mbira to many parts of the world.

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