"Talking Mbira" - Stella Chiweshe
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- Artist:Stella Chiweshe
- release year:2001
- catalogue numberPIR1681
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Stella Chiweshe, the Mbira Queen of Zimbabwe not only introduced the combination of mbira and marimba into the modern Zimbabwe soundscape, but she is the only woman in her home country to lead her own band. MBIRA - the spiritual instrument of Zimbabwe has been used for religious and entertainment puposes for hundreds of years. The sound is produced from rows of iron keys, flattened at the playing end, attached to a wooden board and then fixed into a calabash for resonance. It is often placed inside a large gourd for further amplification.
Tune into the sound of the mbira; a sound that will immerse you in the depths of African knowledge of the spirits. Stella Chiweshe, the Mbira Queen of Zimbabwe, carries you from mourning to revolt, from suffering to spiritual prowess.
"Everything happens for a reason, but I believe Zimbabwe will be O.K..', says Stella. When listening to a voice so wise and gentle, it is hard not to believe."Rootsworld
" The music glides and winds its way through hills and rivers, it creates valleys and forests and leaves everyone taking stock of their self-value."The Zimbabwe Mirror
"It's so very good to welcome back the purveyor of some of the finest music you'll ever hear as the Mbira Queen of Zimbabwe takes us through a journey of life, from pain to healing."Graham Radley, UK
"Talking Mbira has rapidly become one of my favorite Stella Chiweshe albums, splendidly showing off her versatility and depth."Dande Mutande