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Popular Zimbabwe Singer Dies At 37

THE HERALD, NEW ZIMBABWE (Zimbabwe)

Worldcrunch

CHITUNGWIZA - Chiwoniso Maraire, one of Zimbabwe's most famous singers, died late Wednesday at the age of 37.

Born in Olympia, U.S., in 1976, Chiwoniso shot to fame in the 1990s thanks to her distinctive voice and her playing the mbira -- also known as sanza, kalimba or "thumb piano" -- a traditional African instrument usually reserved for men.

The World Music star is believed to have succumbed to a lung infection at the South Medical Centre in Chitungwiza where she was treated for chest pain, New Zimbabwe reports.

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Maraire live in 2009 - Photo: CHR!S

An accomplished singer-songwriter, Chiwoniso was honored with the Decouverte Afrique award by Radio France International after releasing her debut album Ancient Voices in 1998.

The album entered the World Music Charts Europe and earned Chiwoniso a nomination in the category Best Female Vocals of Africa for the KORA Award in 1999, The Herald recalls.


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Gluten-Free In France: Stepping Out Of The Shadows, Heading Upmarket

For those in the haute cuisine world of French food, a no-gluten diet (whether by choice or health requirements) has long been a virtual source of shame. But bakers, chefs and pastry makers are now taking the diet to whole new levels of taste and variety.

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Paris-based entrepreneur Adriano Farano, in Sicily, where his company's wheat is grown

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David Barroux

PARIS — The "gluten-free" aren’t hiding anymore.

Whether they avoid the grain protein by choice or by obligation — due to taste, allergies or an intolerance — many stick to a diet seen by the outside world as a little bit funny, or perhaps simply just bland.

For some, being gluten-free even came with some amount of self-consciousness: about being that person, the one who announced at the beginning of dinner that they wouldn’t be eating that bread, or that pasta, or that pastry — or about coming across as precious and complicated, or worse, as a killjoy for everyone else’s gustatory pleasure.

For those who feel that it is hard to speak up, it's often easier just to keep the gluten intolerance to themselves and eat only the vegetables at meals, abstaining from bread and dessert to avoid stomach cramps.

But the times, they are a-changin'. Living without gluten used to feel punitive; now it feels more like an option. The number of gluten-free products has exploded, in both quantity and quality, and there’s never been a better time to join the "no-glu" camp.

In supermarkets, bakeries and restaurants, there are increasingly varied alternatives to gluten. And demand is just as high — €1 billion per year in sales in France alone, according to Nielsen. The research consultancy found that 3% of French households were gluten-free in 2019. Now, that number is 4.4%, which is twice as high as the number of “strictly vegetarian” households.

According to market research firm Kantar, the frequency and number of purchases, as well as the average amount spent for gluten-free products, continues to increase — up 6% compared with 2019.

In this context, it’s hardly surprising that gluten-free alternatives are becoming increasingly chic.

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