Award-winning singer/songwriter Bulelwa ‘Zahara’ Mkutukana has passed away, according to a report by the SABC News. Zahara has been in the hospital; for a while with a reported liver problem.

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The situation had seen her friends, colleagues and fans deeply worried about her health. This prompted an outpouring of prayers for the quick recovery of the ‘Loliwe’ hitmaker.

BREAKING NEWS Bulelwa 'Zahara' Mkutukana has passed away


Minister of Sports and Recreation Zizi Kodwa was one of the first people to send their condolences.

“I am very saddened by the passing of Zahara,” said Kodwa.

“My deepest condolences to the Mkutukana family and the South African music industry. The government has been with the family for some time now. Zahara and her guitar made an incredible and lasting impact on South African music.”

The family released an official statement on Tuesday, confirming the passing of the 36-year-old.

“It is with heavy hearts and deepest sorrow that we announce the passing of our beloved daughter, Sister, and friend Zahara. Surrounded by family and loved ones, Zahara departed this world on Monday, 11 December 2023.

“She was a pure light and an even purer heart in this world. A beacon of hope, a gift and a blessing to us and countless people. a legendary figure in the world of music.
Zahara remarkably touched millions of people’s lives with her extraordinary gift and passion for music.

“She leaves behind an indelible mark in the music industry and a legacy that will forever resonate in life so beautifully lived deserves to be beautifully remembered.

“May we remember Zahara not with sorrow but with the healing, Joy, Kindness, and inspiration she brought to us through her life and her Music. May she rest in eternal peace and may her melodies continue to echo in our hearts forever around the world.”