An accomplished singer, songwriter, and exponent of Zimbabwean mbira music, Maraire, was born in 1976 in Olympia, United State of America.
She was the daughter of renowned Zimbabwean mbira player and teacher Dumisani Maraire. She spent the first seven years of her life in the United States.
When she moved back to Zimbabwe, she attended Mutare Girls' High School before taking Advanced Level evening classes at the University of Zimbabwe where her father was teaching.
Chiwoniso was honored with the Decouverte Afrique by Radio France International after releasing her debut album 'Ancient Voices' in 1998.
The album entered the World Music Charts Europe three times and brought her a nomination in the category Best Female Vocals of Africa for the KORA Award in 1999.
Alisdair MacRae Birch