Making Tracks

Tendai Mavengeni

mbira, voice

Making Tracks 2020

Tendai Mavengeni (Zimbabwe) is an mbira player and vocalist. At 19 years old, she's the youngest Zimbabwean mbira recording artist, and already has two albums to her name. Based in the capital, Harare, Tendai has been raised in a family where mbira music is highly valued. Mbira are a group of instruments that are often spiritually powerful and traditionally played by men. Tendai follows in the footsteps of Zimbabwe’s female mbira pioneers, such as Stella Chiweshe and the late Chiwoniso Maraire, in breathing new life into the mbira tradition and bringing the instruments to new audiences.