Stella Chiweshe (2017)
In her home country of Zimbabwe, music icon Stella Chiweshe is endearingly called The Queen of Mbira, becoming the first female artist to gain widespread recognition for a strictly male-dominated discipline. Chiweshe also broke new ground by becoming the first artist to successfully combine the mbira with the marimba. She took up the homegrown instrument back in 1964, originally used by Zimbabwe’s Shona people to call the spirits of their ancestors. Chiweshe now alternates her residency in Zimbabwe and Germany, touring the world with her pioneering mastery over her chosen instrument of expression.