Popular mbira player and tutor, Newton Cheza Chozengwa, has died.
His friend Wilfred Nyamasvisva MaAfrika, confirmed on social media saying Chozengwa died on Sunday after a short illness.
Nyamasvisva, who is the leader of the revered Mbira ensemble Mawungira Enharira, took to his official Facebook page and announced the sad loss but did not reveal the cause of death. Nyamasvisva said:
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Matemayi, Newton Cheza is no more.
Gwenyambira mukuru vatisiya, Fambayi zvanaka Nzou.
Chozengwa was a veteran gwenyambira (mbira player) and tutor for a career spanning over two decades during which he performed and recorded mbira music.
His music is still viewed as a yardstick for Zimbabwean cultural roots.
More: The Herald