Chiwoniso burial on Monday

CELEBRATED mbira musician Chiwoniso Maraire, who succumbed to a chest infection on Thursday, will be buried at her rural home in Chakohwa Village in Mutambara, Manicaland, on Monday.

Report by Tinashe Sibanda

A close friend to the late mbira queen, Chido Musasiwa, said there would also be a funeral service at Cell Funeral tomorrow morning before proceeding to her rural home for burial the following day.

“Her daughter, Chengeto, is expected to arrive on Monday morning from her United States base, so the service has been slated for 8:30am,” Musasiwa said.

Musasiwa added: “After the service, the body is expected to pass through her family home, 19 Campbeltown Road, Bluff Hill in Harare, for about an hour before proceeding to Chakowa.”

Chiwoniso, who was born in 1976, was the daughter of renowned Zimbabwean mbira player and teacher Dumisani Maraire who was a lecturer at Washington University in the US.

She returned to Zimbabwe at the age of 15 with her family and attended Mutare Girls’ High School for Forms 3 and 4, before taking Advanced Level evening classes at the University of Zimbabwe where her father was teaching.

Chiwoniso performed with her father’s marimba groups, Dumi and Minanzi and Mhuri yaMaraire, before meeting two young hip-hop artistes Herbert Schwamborn and Tony Chihota with whom she formed Zimbabwe’s first Afro hip-hop group, Peace of Ebony, in 1991.

They recorded an album From The Native Tongue in 1992 in Keith Farquharson’s studio, with Farquharson contributing much of the music and production.

Chiwoniso is survived by daughters Chengeto (16) and Chiedza (13), whom she had with another late music giant Andy Brown.

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  1. We will miss u CHI

  2. The best Zimbabwe ever had, rest in peace Chi

  3. I always cherish and adore yo style. You are irreplaceable Chiwoniso! RIP

  4. RIP CHI may not have known u personally but through your music,got 2know u ,thanx4giving us Ancient Voices,amai vambayi zvakana.

  5. tsitsi dangarembwa posted on facebook that sisi chi died due to shortage of arvs. friends and relatives religiously take yo medication. aids is real but controllable. we no longer want aids orphans. tsitsi shame on you you should have advised her whilst she was still alive than publicise her on facebook after she is gone

    1. so true, that was bad and uncalled for, especially coming frm an educated and civilised person like Tsitsi, i was shocked.

  6. asi chaizvo akafa nei? makamboti short illness, mukazoti lung infection, ndokuzotizve pneumonia iko zvino yave chest infection. ko andy brown akafa nei? arv harichanyadza inwa vana vasakura vari nherera

  7. Tawanda AKA DJ Thamz

    May your saul rest in peace Chiwoniso. Zim music will never be the same without you

  8. Komboni Yatsva

    Zvokuti akafa nei zvine basa rei izvozvo? Chiwoniso akaurayiwa nerufu.

    1. akafa neaids nembanje

  9. Hold yo self sisi b, chii choshamisira pa aids. Behave like a human being

  10. great loss, may yo soul rest in peace chi chi

  11. Seriously akafa neaids nembanje

  12. Akazombonyanya kurova mbanje dzerudzii @ 37 yrs. MaRasta madhara atinoziva anoita dzekuswerera nekuvatira vachisvuta havasi kumborwara wani. Chirwere chacho chembanje chinonzi chii? Nguva yake yanga yatokwana chete. Let her soul rest in peace.

  13. Oh Book Cafe will never be the same without you. We have been robbed of one of the few female Icons in our music industry especially the Mbira music. May your soul rest in peace. I am heart broken. Tarasikirwa. I will miss you

  14. A great voice silenced by death. What a great mind is here overthrown! We will miss you sisi chioniso. May your soul rest in peace. Our thoughts go to your family in these difficult times. We pray that God will heal them as they try to move forward without you. Please watch over them wherever you will be.

    May the good Lord guide you to your final destination.

    Mbira music will never be the same again.

    Zimbabwe will miss you

  15. R.I.P dear african sis.May Jah bless yo soul.For the kidz,please,stay strong and continue wth the msg.One love…jagz… Amsterdam Holland

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