OUR PROJECTS

STELLA CHIWESHE AIMS TO BRING OUT A PLACE OF TEACHING AND CULTURAL EXCHANGE, IN THE COUNTRYSIDE OF BINDURA, ABOUT 70 KM FROM HARARE, THE CAPITAL OF THE COUNTRY. IT WILL BE A YEAR-ROUND EDUCATIONAL VENUE AROUND TRADITIONAL PRACTICES FOR SCHOOL CHILDREN IN THE REGION, AND WILL ALSO HOST DIFFERENT EVENTS : INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOPS, LOCAL FESTIVALS AND TRADITIONAL CEREMONIES.

Build The Chivanhu traditional music center

ORGANIZING A SMALL "VILLAGE" AROUND TRADITIONAL MUSIC AND PRACTICES, THE CHIVANHU CENTER WILL BE COMPOSED BY A COMMUNITY HALL, A VEGETABLE GARDEN AND TRADITIONAL HUTS TO HOST THE PEOPLE ON SITE.

The site of the Chivanhu Traditional Music Center is located on a plot where the father of Stella Chiweshe lived, only 70 km from the capital of the country, Harare, in the region of Bindura. It's a real homecoming for this artist. On a small mountain overlooking the agricultural gardens of the village of Nekati, the site of the Chivanhu center is in a beautiful natural environment, but also easily accessible from the main city Harare, and for the schools of the surrounding region.

 “I absolutely want to leave something to my country, to my people. Returning to my father's land to create this traditional music center is a real achievement for me. "

Ambuya Stella Chiweshe on the site of the Chivanhu Traditional Music Center, 2019

Ambuya Stella Chiweshe on the site of the Chivanhu Traditional Music Center, 2019


Organise A FESTIVAL AND international workshops

ONCE A YEAR, THE CENTER WILL OPEN UP FOR A FESTIVAL AND INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP OPEN TO ALL, ORGANIZED BY THE PROJECT TEAM AND LED BY STELLA CHIWESHE, THE PROJECT'S AMBASSADOR. 


THE MUSIC FESTIVAL

On this occasion, mbira musicians from all over the country, but also from elsewhere will be invited as well as traditional musicians from other cultures. These exceptional events, open to all, will be a unique opportunity to be in the intimate presence of a great musical diversity and traditions.  

Concerts, public sessions of musical exchanges and dance will animate the traditional music center for two days following the opening ceremony. A unique opportunity to share and meet distant cultures. 

And for the public, an opportunity to dive into the sounds of traditional music from around the world.


THE WORKSHOPS

For those who want to spend more time on site, and participate to a learning week, a varied program will be set up :

  • Music Teaching and Transmission of Mbira music, by Stella Chiweshe

  •  Manufacture of Mbira instruments, framed by traditional factors

  •  Teaching traditional drum and singing

  •  Initiation to traditional dance

 
Ambuya Stella Chiweshe and Samson Bvure, mbira maker

Ambuya Stella Chiweshe and Samson Bvure, mbira maker

 


Work with the schools of the region

THE BASIC IDEA IS TO TEACH DIFFERENT SPECIALTIES TO THE CHILDREN OF THE SURROUNDING SCHOOLS, BY THE "ELDERS" OF THE REGION.

SPECIALISTS OF DIFFERENT PRACTICES, THESE PEOPLE ARE TRUE JEWELS OF ANCESTRAL KNOWLEDGE. THE TRANSMISSION OF THEIR KNOWLEDGE TO THE CHILDREN OF THE REGION IS A PRIORITY.  IT IS A COLLECTIVE PROCESS BETWEEN ELDERS AND CHILDREN, RECREATING A LINK BETWEEN GENERATIONS.


Mainly focused on 5 schools in the region of Bindura, the learning center will be a place where classes can regularly come to receive a wide variety of teachings : Mbira music, singing, pottery, pearls work, agricultural knowledge. We will also visit the schools that can’t access the center, and lead workshops there.

The new generation represents the future of the country. To transmit them the values of their traditional culture, and to allow them to practice traditional Mbira music is a key issue in the development of future societies.