Morphogenesis - Priestessing on the edge of chaos: August 1-2, 2003 African / Zimbabwean / Mbira / Shona music
Morphogenesis from the Greek morphe, form and genesis, coming into being
 August 1-2, 2003 African / Zimbabwean / Mbira / Shona music
picture 19 Jul 2003 @ 14:40, by Letecia Layson

From Janet Planet:

This is a wonderful opportunity to learn about Shona music from one of the top talents in the world. STELLA CHIWESHE The Mbira Queen of Zimbabwe “One of the most original and exciting artists on the contemporary Zimbabwean scene.”­ Folk Roots Stella Chiweshe will be available for workshops in the Los Angeles area after her free performance at the Skirball on Thursday evening July 31, 2003 on the following dates:

Friday - Aug 1, 2003 - 1pm-4pm
Saturday - Aug 2, 2003 - 11am-3pm

Workshops will be tailored according to student's playing levels & interests & availability. Workshops: Shona mbira, singing, dancing, hosho, etc. Privates also available. If you're intersted please contact us ASAP! email -

Stella Rambisai Chiweshe, Zimbabwe’s foremost mbira (a thumb piano with 22 to 28 metal keys mounted on a hardwood soundboard typically placed inside a large deze or gourd resonator) player has, over the past 30 years, emerged as one of the most original artists in the contemporary African music scene. Known at home as "Ambuya Chinyakare" (Grandmother of Traditional Music) and around the world as “The Queen of Mbira”, her songs are resonant with the themes of liberation, spirituality and social justice. Wrapping her evocative vocals around haunting mbira lines, sultry percussion and call & response choruses, Stella creates warm dance grooves based on mbira rhythms and utilizes popular music forms and contemporary instruments to showcase the depth and power of the Zimbabwean spiritual tradition. She has introduced mbira music to a broader audience without sacrificing the instrument’s ­ and her own ­ relationship to their roots. In the process she has emerged as a Zimbabwe cultural ambassador. As the only woman in Zimbabwe who leads her own band, Stella Chiweshe is in control of her own equipment and transport, an achievement only those, who know under what kind of conditions female musicians normally work in Africa, can truly understand. She took a leading role in the formation of the Zimbabwe Musicians Union, and since 1993 she is director of the Mother Earth Trust ­ Network of Female Artists in Zimbabwe. Stella Chiweshe has toured the world extensively since 1983 and has released seven critically acclaimed and internationally successful albums most recently 2002’s Talking Mbira: Spirits of Liberation. Last winter Stella completed a US solo tour with performances at this year’s Folk Alliance (February), Joe’s Pub (NY), The Kennedy Center (Washington, DC), Boston and New Mexico.

Please contact Janet at or call 310-770-7370 for more information. Visit Janet's Website for more information about African Music and Events.

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