24 July 2013

Zimbabwe: Chiwoniso Maraire Dies

Zimbabweans are expressing shock at the death of musician, Chiwoniso Maraire, who died Wednesday in Harare, after a short illness. ( Resource: Acclaimed Zimbabwean Musician Chiwoniso Maraire Remembered

One of Zimbabwe's most talented mbira musicians, Chiwoniso Maraire, has died.

Mairare, who is suspected to have been suffering from pneumonia, died today at South Medical Centre in Chitungwiza.

The musician's manager Cosmas Zamangwe has confirmed. "She has been in hospital for the past 10 days suffering from chest pains. We are however still to ascertain the disease she was suffering from but we suspect it is pneumonia," he said.

Funeral arrangements would be announced in due course.

An accomplished singer, songwriter, and exponent of Zimbabwean mbira music Chiwoniso Maraire, was born in 1976 in Olympia, United State of America.

She was the daughter of renowned Zimbabwean mbira player and teacher Dumisani Maraire. She spent the first seven years of her life away from her homeland, Zimbabwe, as her father had moved the family to Washington in US.

When she moved back to Zimbabwe she attended Mutare Girls' High School for forms three and four before taking Advanced level evening classes at the University of Zimbabwe where her father was teaching.

Chiwoniso was honored with the Decouverte Afrique by Radio France International after releasing her debut album 'Ancient voices' in 1998.

The album entered the World Music Charts Europe three times and brought her a nomination in the category Best Female Vocals of Africa for the KORA Award in 1999.

From 2001 to 2004, she was member of the multinational all-women band Women's Voice, whose original members are from Norway, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, America, Israel and Algeria.

She has also worked on soundtracks for movies and documentaries.

Maraire has several albums to her credit and played a role as one of the most revolutionary mbira players crossing all musical borders inspiring young Zimbabweans to play the mbira in a more modern and contemporary way.

She collaborated with various musicians and artists from all over the world.

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