Sun 08.04.18

Stella Chiweshe - The Mbira queen of Zimbabwe

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BRDCST: 71-year-old queen of the “thumb-piano” and mbira music

BRDCST is AB’s outstanding indoor spring festival spotlighting musical boundlessness.
The name is a direct reference to the retro futuristic electronica-pop of English band Broadcast that released inspiring albums like ‘Haha Sound’ and ‘Noise Made By The People’ over the past decade. Artists who feel strongly about musical innovation form the focal point for BRDCST. Our musical gut-feeling does the rest.

Remarkable how Zimbabwian Stella Chiweshe mainly called in at world-music festivals in the ’80s and early ’90s and is now mainly to be found in progressive places like Cafe OTO, Le Guess Who?, BRDCST or at Berlin's feminist festival We Make Waves. Her latest work ‘Mbira Trip’ – which can be best described as African minimalism – definitely has something to do with that though.

The description mbira music – a genre mainly dominated by men – refers not only to her “thumb piano” (a mbira) but is also a reference to the genre itself, which she considers to be a medium for making contact with the spirits of her ancestors.

Entry is free of charge according to the principle ‘First come, first served.’
This also applies to those bearing a Limited BRDCST Festival Pass.

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