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Mbuya Stella Chiweshe dies

The late Stella Chiweshe
News filtering through is that veteran award-winning Mbira musician popularly known as Mbuya Stella Chiweshe has died. She reportedly passed on this morning at her Kuwadzana home, according to her relatives.
Born Stella Rambisai Nekati Chiweshe on 8 July 1946 in Mujumi Village, Mhondoro, Zimbabwe, she was married to Peter Reich, a German National.
She was internationally known for her singing and playing of the mbira dzavadzimu, a traditional instrument in Zimbabwe. She learned to play mbira from 1966 to 1969 when even fewer females played the instrument.
Mbuya Stella Chiweshe performed numerous times in Germany and also participated in the WOMAD festival (1994 in the United States, 1995 in Australia, and 2006 in Spain). In 2004 she toured England with her daughter.
“She wasn’t feeling much well of late, coupled with age. The last time she came kumusha she was saying her days are almost up and as such, needs to settle back home.” said a close relative
May her dear soul rest in peace.

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