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Published: 25 July 2013

By Andy Ross

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Chiwoniso and the sound of mbira

Have you ever heard mbira, the "thumb piano" which Zimbabwean Chiwoniso Maraire made her own?

Have a listen to this recording on YouTube of her playing and singing, a gentle and rhythmic song. Chiwoniso was born in the States but grew up in Zimbabwe where she learned to play mbira from her father, Dumisani. At the age of 37, this songster has passed on leaving us with beautiful imaginings and heartfelt longings.