Zimbabwean artist Chiwoniso Maraire died last night at the age of 37. Chiwoniso was a singer/songwriter and an accomplished player of the mbira, a traditional African instrument also known as the thumb piano. Chiwoniso's music was an eclectic mix of genres. Her latest recording was a yet-to-be-released collaboration with jazz saxophonist Max Wild. "No other Zimbabwean female artist has reached that kind of international acclaim," Wild said. "She's considered one of the greatest female vocalists in world music." Chiwoniso Maraire was 37 years old.

Saxophonist Max Wild and Chiwoniso (Photo: Max Wild)

Zimbabwean artist Chiwoniso performing with Max Wild (Photo: Max Wild)

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