Chiwoniso Maraire

Originally a strong supporter of President Robert Mugabe’s land reforms in Zimbabwe, Chiwoniso Maraire started openly criticizing the lack of competence, the increasing corruption and lack of free speech. After experiencing uncivil interrogations by the police, she decided to leave Zimbabwe in 2007.

Chiwoniso Maraire was born in Olympia, Washington in 1976.

Her father, ethnomusicologist Dumisani Maraire, taught marimba and mbira in America between 1972 and 1990. He was a renowned stage performer, as was her mother, Linda Nemarundwe Maraire.

In 1990, Chiwoniso’s family relocated to Zimbabwe.

In the mid-1990s she became a full-time member of the Zimbabwean group Andy Brown & The Storm. In 1999, she was a nominee in the “Best Female Vocals of Africa” category of the KORA Awards. Chiwoniso left Andy Brown & The Storm to concentrate on her solo career in 2001.

Rebel Woman 04:31
Music by: Chiwoniso Maraire
Lyrics by: Chiwoniso Maraire
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