Renowned singer Zahara, born Bulelwa Mkutukana, has passed away, according to reports from SABC News, Newzroom Afrika, and 702. The talented artist, who had been hospitalised for two weeks, breathed her last on Monday evening. TimesLIVE reports that Sports, Arts, and Culture Minister Zizi Kodwa seemingly confirmed the news in a heartfelt tribute, expressing deep condolences to the Mkutukana family and the entire South African music industry.
I am very saddened by the passing of @ZaharaSA. My deepest condolences to the Mkutukana family and the South African music industry. Government has been with the family for some time now. Zahara and her guitar made an incredible and lasting impact in South African music. pic.twitter.com/1a402aQfLs
— Minister of Sport, Arts & Culture (@zizikodwa) December 11, 2023
RiSA communications manager and Samas spokesperson Lesley Mofokeng indicated that an official statement would be released soon, though not explicitly confirming Zahara’s passing. While the family is yet to provide a statement, sources cited by Zimoja reported that the 36-year-old singer succumbed to liver complications after weeks of hospitalisation.
Social media has been inundated with tributes to the late star, reflecting Zahara and her guitar’s profound impact on South African music. Celebrities, including Penny Lebyane, have taken to various platforms to mourn the untimely loss.
As the music industry grapples with the departure of a celebrated talent, condolences and memories continue to pour in on social media platforms.
— ZAHARA (@ZaharaSA) December 12, 2023
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