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Loveness Wesa has established herself as one of the most prominent African female artists on the world stage. She is a musician, dancer, and choreographer she was the first woman artist in her native country Zimbabwe to write, choreograph and produce dance theatre shows performed by mostly women. Wesa has traveled the world as a cultural ambassador for Zimbabwean women artists, bringing to her audiences not only traditional African dancing, and singing but she also does drumming which used to.. be a taboo for women in her culture to be found behind the drum, she is also spreading a message of peace, freedom and understanding through her works. She was first exposed to the traditional music and dance of her country as a small child watching her mother, aunt and grandmother who were Sangomas ? the traditional spirit mediums who use song and dance to channel ancestral spirits.
She has toured many countries around the globe, which includes Switzerland, German, Sweden, Norway, The United Kingdom, United States of America, Canada, just to name a few and many more counties in Africa. In 1998 Loveness founded the Kgotso African Dance Theatre as a vehicle for bringing works by women artists to Zimbabwe?s stage. She merges a variety of traditional dances from throughout the African continent to create a coherent story that is comprehensible to any audience.
In her solo performances Wesa uses her original recorded drumming and also sings to her instrumentals.
Loveness has recorded 5 albums and released 3 of her original compositions, which include songs in Shona, Ndebele, Venda, Sotho and English. She has also written, choreographed and produced four dance theatre shows. Wesa is currently working on her sixth album with most songs written by Thomas Mapfumo.
Wesa is available for tours with her band and her dance troupe, she is also available for workshops and private classes, in dance, drumming, singing, story telling, basketry weaving and sadza batik.
THE WHITE BANTUZ
Rooted in traditional music of Southern Africa, Loveness Wesa?s original Afro-pop is played on contemporary instruments. The White Bantuz are Wesa?s house band, so named as an expression of her belief that it is a player?s affinity for the music and culture that makes her/him a Bantu, rather than the color of her skin. It is a deep part of Wesa?s dream to nature a group of multi-cultural performers who use the arts to break the barriers.
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