President Cyril Ramaphosa has expressed his deep sadness at the untimely passing of the award-winning singer, Zahara, whose real name was Bulelwa Mkutukana.
The nation mourns the loss of a truly talented and vibrant artist, whose musical compositions touched the hearts of many.
Ramaphosa lamented the loss of such immense talent at such a young age and emphasized the impact Zahara had on the country.
“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.
Tributes have been pouring in for Mkutukana, who passed away on Monday evening after a two-week hospitalization. The news was confirmed by sports, arts, and culture minister Zizi Kodwa on social media.
Kodwa expressed his deep sadness and extended his condolences to the Mkutukana family and the South African music industry. He highlighted Zahara’s significant contribution to the music scene, stating that she made an incredible and lasting impact.
Zahara rose to fame in 2011 with the release of her debut album, “Loliwe.” The album achieved remarkable success, going platinum in just 13 days and double platinum in 17 days. It sold over 100,000 copies in South Africa alone. Her talent caught the attention of TK Nciza of TS Records, who signed her to his label, propelling her career even further.
The passing of Zahara is a tremendous loss to the South African music industry. Her unique sound and heartfelt lyrics resonated with audiences across the nation, making her one of the country’s great musical talents.
As we remember Zahara, let us celebrate her extraordinary contributions to the arts and her lasting legacy in South African music.
Zahara’s passing is unfortunate. We have been robbed of a great talent. She’s one of the best we have produced in the arts and I am deeply saddened by her passing. #RIPZahara 🕊️ pic.twitter.com/AQXS2pUqSM— Cyril Ramaphosa 🇿🇦 (@CyrilRamaphosa) December 12, 2023