Zahara, the renowned South African Afro-pop singer whose real name is Bulelwa Mkutukana, has passed away.
The award-winning artist, known for her exceptional contributions to South African music, succumbed to reported liver complications on Monday night while undergoing treatment in a Johannesburg hospital.
The sad news of Zahara’s demise was confirmed by the country’s Minister of Sport, Arts & Culture, Zizi Kodwa, who expressed condolences to the Mkutukana family and the entire South African music industry. Minister Kodwa emphasized the profound impact Zahara and her guitar had on the country’s musical landscape.
Zahara’s hospitalization due to liver complications had been previously acknowledged by her family in November. The government had been providing support to the family during this challenging time.
Despite her struggles with alcohol addiction, Zahara continued to make a significant impact on the music scene, earning a spot on BBC’s 100 Women list in 2020 and receiving numerous awards and accolades throughout her career.
As of now, the family has not issued an official statement regarding Zahara’s passing. The music industry and her fans mourn the loss of an artist who left an enduring legacy through her music and talent.