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The Queen of the Mbira makes national news * Stella Chiweshe at home

Stelle Chiweshe's quiet return to her homeland has not gone unnoticed - "The Herald" discovered her napping on her farm in Chegulu, taking a break from harvesting rapoko, a millet used for premonition ceremonies. Victorious in her battle against the Church as well as Zimbabwe society to play the mbira (thumb piano), she rose from sought out healer to celebrated national icon, beloved around the world. Plenty of artists claim to play "trance music," but Chiweshe delivers the genuine article. Portions of her repertoire come straight from the religious rituals of the Shona people and audience members at her concerts have claimed spontaneous healings or visits from spirits in response to the beautiful melodies she coaxes from her mbira.

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