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Chiweshe homecoming in December

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Zimbabwe’s mbira queen, Mbuya Stella Chiweshe (64), will in December make the great trek home where she is billed to stage two shows at the Alliance Française de Harare, three years after her last local performance in 2007, according to her website.

Fans of the legendary ChaChimurenga hit-maker who have been starved of her music after her relocation to Germany in the early 90s, will have another chance to see their star live in action on home ground.

Mbuya Chiweshe will stage a solo performance on December 9 at Alliance Française, The Zimbo Jam reports, and will be joined by her band at the same venue at 8pm the following day.

The star, who has played mbira since 1966, set up her own band, Earthquake, years later but could not record her music because the settler regime had forbidden mbira, which was often played during traditional ceremonies and rituals.

She eventually made her breakthrough when her first compositions were snapped up by Teal Record Company, with her first single, Kasahwa, going gold.

Through her affiliation with the National Dance Company after independence between 1980 and 1985, she performed in Mozambique, Australia, Germany, Switzerland, Bulgaria, the then Yugoslavia, India, China and Korea.

In 1984 she did solo tours in Germany, Great Britain, Italy, India, China, Korea along with concerts where she was joined by her late brother Elfigio Chiweshe. In 1985 she went on tour throughout Europe with her daughter Virginia Mukwesha.

Mbuya Chiweshe has recorded at least 10 albums, including Double Check (2006) and Talking Mbira: Spirits of Liberation (2002).

According to her website, she last performed in Zimbabwe in 2007, when she was here from January to March of that year.

Tickets to the December 9 and 10 shows are going for $15 each and advance tickets are available at the Alliance Française in Harare.

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