Zimbabwe mbira music icon passes away

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By Zimbabwe Investor on July 25, 2013. No Comments

ChiwonisoHARARE (Zimbabwe Investor) – One of Zimbabwe’s top artistes and mbira music icon Chioniso Maraire has died after succumbing to a lung infection.

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.

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:

The US Embassy wrote:

A mbira music rising star and protégé Hope Masike wrote: