The Government has accorded the late mbira maestro, Mbuya Stella Chiweshe a State-assisted funeral, the Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet, Dr Misheck Sibanda has announced.
In a statement, Dr Sibanda said, “The Acting President, Dr Constantino Dominic Guveya Nyikadzino Chiwenga, after consultation with His Excellency President, Dr Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa, has announced that Government has granted the late music icon and Mbira Dzavadzimu player, Mbuya Stella Rambisai Chiweshe, a state-assisted funeral.”
“This means all the costs related to her interment will be assumed by the state.
His Excellency the President, who is on leave, and the Acting President extend their deepest, heartfelt condolences to the entire Chiweshe and Reich families on this, their saddest loss.”
The late musical icon epitomised Zimbabwe’s cultural excellence
through the Mbira Dzavadzimu genre which she successfully took to
the international stage, added Dr Sibanda.
Mbuya Stella Chiweshe died Friday morning at her home in Kuwadzana, Harare at the ae of 76. She succumbed to cancer of the brain.
In other news – Award winning Mbira musician Mbuya Stella Chiweshe has died
Award-winning Mbira musician popularly known as Mbuya Stella Chiweshe has died. She passed on this morning at her Kuwadzana home in Harare, relatives have confirmed.
She was born Stella Rambisai Nekati Chiweshe on 8 July 1946 in Mujumi Village, Mhondoro, Zimbabwe.
She was internationally known for her singing and playing of the mbira dzavadzimu, a traditional instrument in Zimbabwe. Learn More