Many artists claim that they play “trance music”, but Zimbabwe’s Stella Chiweshe is the real thing. Parts of her repertoire are taken straight from the religious rituals of the Shona people. In Zimbabwe the sound of the mbira (thumb piano) is heard at nocturnal spiritual gatherings during which contact is made with the spirits of the ancestors.
The two acts of this evening’s concert both feature a very distinctive vocal technique known as ‘throat singing’ or ‘overtone singing’. A low chest note forms the basis for generating a range of much (...)