South Africa Afro-Pop Singer and Musician, Zahara passes away after a month-long hospital stay.


Zahara had been in the hospital for liver complications, after years of alcohol abuse. Sadly, she lost her battle on Monday evening in a Johannesburg hospital.

In a statement posted on Zahara’s Instagram account, her family said: “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 around the world.”

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Zahara, born Bulelwa Mkutukana, was born in a village near East London. She sang in local choirs and taught herself guitar as a kid.


She was known for her trademark guitar and and Afro hairstyle. Her sound compared to Indie Arie, and Tracy Chapman.

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Zahara‘s debut album, “Loliwe was released in 2011. The album sold out in just 72 hours, which led to her over-night Pop Star status.

The Afro-Pop singer released five albums during her music career, and won dozens of awards, both locally and internationally. In 2020, she was named in the BBC’s 100 Women list.

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Also, the talented singer used her platform to speak about violence against women in South Africa after enduring it herself.

No cause of death has been announced. Stay tuned for further information.

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