“The only way I can describe what I do, is that I love our music…it brings people together and we just forget about everything else!”



Millicent Chapanda (Milli Chapanda)is a British-based Zimbabwean Shona cultural artist, traditional mbira player, percussionist, singer, dancer and storyteller. Her music is nourished by Zimbabwean traditional ceremonials where vibrant spiritual & secular music is a key part of bringing people together in devotion, praise, reflection & celebration.

Millie’s mission is to bring the lived experience of women in Zimbabwe onto the international world music stage through performance, and although her music goes deep into ancient cultural heritage, it’s clear that she is keen to sing out loud for change on gender issues and the barriers affecting women in the diaspora & back in her home-country, and this gives her a real edge onstage. A Millicent Chapanda performance is a celebration Shona-style that calls on dancing ancestral spirits to rise through the trance of mbira’s cascading notes to answer the call of the voice & the insistent pulse of deep ngoma drum & hosho shakers

Mbira Musician, Millicent Chapanda Just Exudes Presence And Confidence, She Is A Great Entertainer And That's No Mean Feat. From The Get Go, Or From The Very First Lengthy Mhururu, Millicent Had The Packed Audience In The Palm Of Her Hand. I Haven't Heard Or Seen Anything Like It Since... Never. Since I'd Never Seen Such A Joyous Performance So Riotously Embraced By An Audience.”

Outsideleft, 2020

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Available for:  Solo or Small Ensemble performance & workshops or to find out more please contact Millicent Chapanda on:


(UK) +44 (0)7401999211,
+44 (0)7456563812  or
+44 (0)1922 649443


Email: chapanda@hotmail.com

For workshops Email: afrikanfusion@hotmail.com

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