Stella Chiweshe is a musician from Zimbabwe, known globally for her singing and playing of the mbira dzavadzimu, a traditional instrument of the Shona people of Zimbabwe (a Bantu ethnic group native to Southern Africa). In her home country, she is called Ambuya Stella Chiweshe as a sign of utmost respect.
During the third edition of our festival Outernational Days (which took place in 2018 between September 19-23), Stella Chiweshe played an otherworldly concert in an old Anglican Church from Bucharest. After the concert, we got the chance to talk to the Queen of Mbira, to learn more about the healing powers of her music.
“I sing for peace amongst us. I am praying most of the time for the people, not just for myself. I talk to Mother Earth; she is the one who holds all the energies that keep us strong.”