Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Zimbabwe Songbird Chiwoniso Maraire Dies

Chiwoniso Maraire dies after succumbing to chest pains a few hours ago and her manager Tsungai Zvobgo has confirmed her death.

THE singer Chiwoniso Maraire has died aged 37.
Maraire died at the South Medical Hospital in Chitungwiza on Wednesday evening after being admitted with a lung infection.
The singer was awaiting a lung biopsy which involves the sampling of cells or tissues to examine the extent of an infection, according to one family source.

Chiwoniso was born in Olympia, Washington, U.S. on March 5, 1976, the eldest in what would grow to be a family of five. Her late father Dr. Dumisani Maraire taught marimba and mbira in America between 1972 and 1990, while Linda, her late mother, was a soulful singer, dancer and traditional drummer.

In 1990, when she was age 15, Chiwoniso's family relocated back to Zimbabwe, where she went on to enroll as a student at Mutare Girls High School before joining her first musical group, A Peace Of Ebony. P.O.E, whose members came from Zimbabwean, German, American, Russian and Malawian ethnic backgrounds, were a group which redefined the essence of international African rap. Composing their lyrics in English, Shona and French, they used the sounds of the mbira and marimba as the core of most of their revolutionary recordings.

Chiwoniso’s death comes just over a year after her ex-husband Andy Brown died. They had two children together – Chengeto and Chiedza.

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