Sisters of Mbira : Anna Mudeka and Millicent Chapanda
Anna Mudeka: vocals, mbira, ngoma, hosho, dance
Milli Chapanda: vocals, mbira, ngoma, hosho, storytelling
Anna Mudeka and Millicent Chapanda are two proud cultural artists with a vibrant mission to bring the lived experience of women in Zimbabwe onto international world music stages.
In performance, although their music goes deep into ancient cultural heritages, it's clear that Anna and Milli are keen to sing out loud on gender issues and barriers affecting women in the diaspora and back in Zimbabwe, and this gives it a really inviting current edge. Above all, an Sisters in Mbira show is a celebration Shona-style that calls on those dancing ancestral spirits rising through the trance of mbira's cascading sounds, the pull of the voice and the insistent pulse of the Mbira, dance and ngoma drum.
Sisters in Mbira are a duo comprising Anna Mudeka and Millicent Chapanda who incorporate mbira, singing, drumming, storytelling in their performance. They are
proponents of cultural practices found in the music and oral traditions of the lived experience of women in Zimbabwe.
The duo have together and separately been involved in performance and cultural heritage events worldwide. They have a keen awareness of gender issues and barriers affecting women both in the diaspora and in Zimbabwe.
The music of Sisters in Mbira is a panoply of reflective, ‘dance happy’, bubbling, introspective and engaging rhythms from the deep cultural well of the heritage of