Mbira musician Chipo Nyambiya serenades Canada

Tradition is key for Zimbabwean soul singer

Zimbabwean singer Chipo Nyambiya seduced audiences with her folk-soul style at the Nuits d’Afrique festival which took place recently in Montreal, RFI reports.

She plays the mbira and the kalimba, traditional Zimbabwean instruments.

“My lyrics are soulful. The lyrics talk mostly about empowerment. It doesn’t have to be a set in stone genre but it is about the soul,” Chipo Nyambiya told RFI’s Daniel Lieuze at the Nuits d’Afrique festival.

“I can probably say it’s folk-soul music.”

The mbira, an ancient instrument traditional to the Shona people, was included in 2020 in Unesco’s Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

for many years and earned a degree in musicology and ethno-choreography.

“I would like to empower young girls by looking at how my life is, where I come from.

“I am a woman, a young girl child who comes from a village deep in Africa, in Zimbabwe.

“I want my music to reach those girls and talk to them and be like: you just have to believe and trust in yourself because anything is possible. You can be anyone you want,” Nyambiya added.

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