HARARE – Mbira music maestro Stella Chiweshe and Selmor Mtukudzi are billed to perform in a show dubbed Mbuya neMuzukuru at the Book Café tomorrow.
The show, being held for the second time by public demand, is a treat for music lovers of different generations who will be exposed to a taste of mbira and Afro-fusion music.
Selmor says sharing the stage with Mbuya Stella Chiweshe is a great honour.
“It is such an honour to be on the same stage with Mbuya Chiweshe,” the daughter of Zimbabwe music legend Oliver Mtukudzi told the Daily News yesterday.
“She started her music career probably before I was born and I see this as an opportunity to learn and also impart knowledge.
“This is a special show because we are trying to bridge the gap between generations and also prove that we can work together though we are from different generations.”
The Nguva Yangu singer said tomorrow’s show will also be a reflection of women’s success in Zimbabwe’s male-dominated music industry.
“Against great odds, in this male-dominated music industry, we are trying to show that we are just as competitive as our male counterparts.
“We hold successful shows and know how to keep our audience gripped. As you know Mbuya Chiweshe is a great mbira player. I am equally talented with the hosho. I promise everyone who is coming that the best in old school and modern music will be there for all to enjoy.”
With the blood of music superstar Oliver Mtukudzi running in her veins, it is not surprising that she has effortlessly mastered the art of playing the hosho and mbira in tandem with the mhande dance.
Selmor started singing at the tender age of 10 and appeared in several local films and dramas particularly the popular I Am The Future.
The rising star cut her musical teeth backing Tanga WekwaSando, and in jazz bands such as Kwekwe Band, Jabavu Drive and Pax Afro.
She has also shared the stage with international artistes Yvonne Chakachaka, Tsepo Tshola and Nkulee Dube, daughter of the late great South African reggae star Lucky Dube.