and Vasco Chaya
ZIMBABWEANS from all walks of life yesterday celebrated the life of the late Mbira Queen Chiwoniso Maraire who died in 2013.
“Born in the United States on March 5, 1976, Chiwoniso was famous for modernising the traditional mbira instrument.“She first fused the mbira sound with modern beats as a member of the Afro-fusion hip-hop trio, A Peace of Ebony,” reads part of the statement by the embassy.
“She was indeed a woman of courage, visionary and exceptional talent in Zimbabwean, African traditional and contemporary music. Chi brought in the Zimbabwean music sector a sense of respect to mbira music and most importantly a deep understanding and patriotism to our Zimbabwean traditional music.“Her legacy should motivate all those artists and musicians who would want to pursue mbira music and essentially protect the genre throughout the generations to come.”