Mbira artist Chiwoniso Maraire cancelled two weekend performances in honour of her late ex-husband Andy Brown.
Brown died from pneumonia on Friday afternoon at Parirenyatwa Hospital. Maraire was scheduled to perform at the official opening of the new Book Café on Friday evening and at the launch of a music programme titled “Move” at Red Bar, Newlands on Saturday.
Her manager Tsungi Zvobgo said they could not go ahead with the shows because Maraire had to mourn her ex-husband with whom she had two children.
“I do not think any woman would have gone on with business after the death of the father of her children. Chiwoniso is grieving and there was no way she could have contained her emotions to go ahead with the show,” said Zvobgo.
“I have been with her since Brown died and we have been busy. It was such an unfortunate occasion to us. You can call her now and get her side of the story.”
However, Maraire’s mobile number was not reachable yesterday but on Saturday her anguish was conspicuous when she refused to comment on Brown’s death.
“It really is not a good time for me right now. I am sorry I cannot talk to the media as of now but thank you for calling anyway,” she said before hanging up.
Earlier reports said there were plans to make Brown a provincial hero but his sister Sandra Tatenda Mashiringo yesterday said he would be buried at their rural home in Mazvihwa Village, Mberengwa on Wednesday.
“Nothing has changed from what we had announced earlier. He will be buried at his rural home as he wished. Mourners will leave for Mberengwa on Tuesday (tomorrow).
“We are organising transport and the government is assisting with a number of things,” said Mashiringo.