South African music artist Bulelwa Mkutukana popularly known as “Zahara” has died at age 36

South African music artist Bulelwa Mkutukana popularly known as “Zahara” has died at age 36. Photo Courtesy
South African music artist Bulelwa Mkutukana popularly known as “Zahara” has died at age 36. Photo Courtesy

South African Afro-pop singer Bulelwa Mkutukana, popularly known as Zahara, has died at age 36.

The ‘Loliwe’ hitmaker, who was hospitalized, died on Monday night due to reported liver complications.

Zizi Kodwa, the Culture Minister, mentioned that she had been hospitalized due to liver complications, and the government had been providing support to the family for an extended period.

In 2019, Zahara opened up about her battle with alcohol addiction.

“Zahara and her guitar made an incredible and lasting impact in South African music,” Mr Kodwa posted on X, formerly Twitter.

The family announced last month that the musician had been hospitalized, urging South Africans to include her in their prayers.

According to SABC, she died on Monday night at the age of 36 in a Johannesburg hospital.

Multi-award-winning songstress Bulelwa Mkutukana
Multi-award-winning songstress Bulelwa Mkutukana
Multi-award-winning songstress Bulelwa Mkutukana

Multi-award-winning songstress Bulelwa Mkutukana

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has expressed his sadness at the death of award-winning singer Zahara.

“We have been robbed of great talent. She was talented, vibrant and a wonderful composer and to be robbed of that talent, at her young age, is a real blow to our country.

“She is one of the great products the country has produced in the arts and I am really saddened by her passing,” Ramaphosa said on Tuesday.

In 2011, the artist rose to prominence as her first album, Loliwe, achieved platinum status within just 13 days and double platinum within 17 days, surpassing 100,000 copies sold in South Africa.

TK Nciza from TS Records discovered Zahara and subsequently signed her to his label.

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