Chartwell is a singer, composer and instrumentalist who specialises in traditional Shona music of Zimbabwe. He is regarded as a world-class Mbira player and uses the Mbira instrument as an education tool to encompass both traditional and contemporary perspectives, challenge stereotypes and encourage creative engagement.
The workshops introduce the Geography of Africa as a continent and Zimbabwe as a country within that continent. Chartwell also explores the History of the British Empire in connection with Zimbabwe as well as the History of the Ancestors, which is a central part of the African belief system.
Chartwell draws on his experience of growing up in rural, segregated Zimbabwe to build bridges between cultures and make links between contemporary Zimbabwe and life in Britain today. His interactive workshops incorporate music, song and dance.
Artist in residence at St Michaels CE Primary school and 6 other schools around Newton Abbot.
Shona song and teaching workshop at Taverham High
Language workshop at Sprowston High