Chioniso died on Wednesday evening at South Medical Hospital in Chitungwiza where she had been hospitalised 10 days earlier. She was the daughter of renowned Zimbabwean mbira player Dumisani Maraire.
Chioniso rose to fame as a backing vocalist in her former late husband Andy Brown in the 1990s. Her solo effort entitled Ancient Voices received rave reviews and is a favourite of many.
Social media platforms were immediately filled with tributes from fans and admirers who have followed her music journey over the years. Minister of Education, Sport, Arts and Culture, David Coltart extended sympathy on behalf of the government through his Twitter page.
Very sorry to hear of the passing away of #Zimbabwean singer and mbira star Chiwoniso Maraire. On behalf of the Govt I extend our sympathy
— David Coltart (@DavidColtart) July 24, 2013
Below are a select of more Twitter tributes that poured into the night following the news of Chioniso’s death:
Zimbabwe’s top stand-up comedian Carl Joshua Ncube wrote:
cant believe Chiwoniso Maraire is gone! Such a sad day for Zimbabwe! I loved you and everything you did my sister… http://t.co/TUhoPyiScC
— Carl’s Comedy Corner (@CarlJoshuaNcube) July 24, 2013
The US Embassy wrote:
The U.S. Embassy expressed condolences over the loss of songstress Chiwoniso Maraire. In this photo, Chiwoniso… http://t.co/v87Q2XXc3x
— U.S. Embassy Harare (@usembassyharare) July 24, 2013
A mbira music rising star and protégé Hope Masike wrote:
Through it all, His mercy endureth forever. Chiwoniso Maraire… I have no idea what to say. Go well. I am… http://t.co/smGhtlQ3Sr
— Hope Masike (@HopeMasike) July 24, 2013