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Renowned “Loliwe” Hitmaker Zahara Passes Away

Zahara no more

Renowned South African Jazz maestro Zahara, born Bulelwa Mkutukana, has passed away, leaving a void in the music world. The prolific artist breathed her last on Monday night at a private hospital in Johannesburg. Sources, including a spokesperson for the Mkutukana Family and Zahara’s cousin, Oyama Dyosiba, confirmed that the revered musician was grappling with complications related to her liver. The iconic Loliwe sensation had been under medical care for liver issues for the past two weeks.

Throughout her illustrious career, Zahara crafted and released five critically acclaimed studio albums, with standout works such as Loliwe (2011) and Nqaba Yam (2021), the latter reaching the pinnacle of the iTunes charts. Her musical prowess earned her an impressive array of accolades, boasting 17 South African Music Awards, three Metro FM Awards, and one Nigeria Entertainment Award.

Beyond her musical achievements, Zahara was a prominent advocate for women’s rights, having overcome gender-based violence herself. Her songs served as poignant expressions addressing issues affecting women, children, and girls. The passing of this influential artist marks a somber moment in the realm of South African music and activism.

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