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HARARE - Mbira star Chiwoniso Maraire’s sudden death on Wednesday night has plunged Zimbabwe into mourning with fellow artistes and fans struggling to come to terms with the loss of a music icon.

Chiwoniso (37) died of suspected pneumonia at CitiMed Hospital in Chitungwiza. She leaves behind two children.

Her manageress Tsungi Zvobgo could hardly hide her shock and pain when The Daily News contacted her on the demise of the mbira songstress popularly known by many as Chi.

“She was not well. It was a short illness. She had been admitted for just a few days,” Zvobgo told The Daily News yesterday.

A distraught Zvobgo could not immediately give more details on the star’s burial arrangements.

“I think it is proper for me to wait for the family to appoint an official spokesperson. I know I worked with her for a long time as her manager but we have to wait for her family’s elders to tell us who should be releasing details,” she said.

Many artistes who worked with the mbira star were shocked at her sudden untimely departure.

Comedian and musician Farai “Comrade Fatso” Monro believes the country has lost a real star.

“She was one of the greatest talents the country has ever produced and this is a huge blow. It’s sad that we have lost someone who had such an appeal across the country,” said Comrade Fatso.

“She also had a great social standing and was genuinely caring towards everyone. The last time I really spent time with her was just before the Harare International Festival of Arts when we were working on my album which will be released next year. It is sad indeed and we have lost a huge talent,” he added.

Progress Chipfumo who worked with Chi on his album Let Them Know in 2003 seemed equally shattered.

“It is really very sad. It was great working with her,” that is all the Mangerengere singer could say.

Chiwoniso’ stepdaughter Ammara Brown could hardly say anything coherent when The Daily News contacted her.

Ammara’s posts on Facebook painted a picture of pain and shock.

“It isn’t a nightmare...Chiwoniso. Our love…our mama...really did pass away last night. My pillow is drenched with hot tears. I can literally feel my heart continuing to break beyond self-repair. Chi was true love,” read part of Ammara’s post.

“I am trying to accept the idea that she will not hug us again, smile again (and) that we won’t sing together again? We won’t write another song on our bed or even hear her say “I’m so proud of you my baby and your dad would be too.” Other artistes took to Facebook to express their condolences and pour their hearts out.

Josh Meck wrote, “I remember whenever we had a show with Chiwoniso, be it a big show in Europe or anywhere, she would force me to sing one of my songs during her performance. She loved my song Wanetsa and to tell you the truth she is the only artist I know who was so free to share her stage with others. I will greatly miss you Chiwoniso.”

Ba Shupi, who had the same manager with the late Chi and often shared the stage with her, also passed his condolences.

He wrote, “I am hurt Chiwoniso Maraire is gone. She was a great artiste. I mourn in pain as we worked together well. Chi, rest in peace.”

Gospel artiste Fungisayi Zvakavapano-Mashavave wrote, “Another artiste gone too soon. A musician of great talent and unmistakable rhythm, her music and artistry will always be remembered.”

Selmor Mtukudzi noted the continuous passing away of the country’s most talented artistes.

“God must be putting up a good music band because it seems like he is only picking the most gifted artistes. I wonder what this says about those of us remaining. Rest in peace Chi say hie to Sam (Mtukudzi),” said Selmor.

Popular jazz star Dudu Manhenga also wrote, “Darkness hovers over us at the loss of an icon, Chiwoniso Maraire. Words are not enough to show how sad we all are.”

Comments (1)

She will be sincerely missed

obama4eva - 26 July 2013

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