Stella Rambasai Chiweshe was born on 8 July 1946 in Mhondoro, Zimbabwe. In the mid-1960s she studied mbira, a traditional instrument of the Shona people that is rarely played by women.
As the 70s dawned, she began performing in forbidden spiritual ceremonies under the danger of imprisonment through the colonial government before independence 1974. By the middle of the decade she had released over 20 singles that were big hits in her native Zimbabwe, earning her several gold discs.
In 1979 she formed Earthquake and began finding an audience in Europe, eventually settling in Gemany where her record label, Piranha, was based.
This session was the first of two Chiweshe recorded for the Peel programme. Sadly, one track is missing.
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