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South African music icon, Zahara dies aged 36

South African music icon, Zahara dies aged 36

South African Afro-pop sensation Bulelwa Mkutukana, known as Zahara, has passed away at the age of 36, according to the country’s Culture Minister Zizi Kodwa. The award-winning singer, famous for her 2011 album “Loliwe,” had been battling liver complications and was admitted to a Johannesburg hospital last month. The government had been supporting the family during this challenging time.

In a statement on Zahara’s Instagram account, her family described her as a “pure light” with a heart that brought hope and blessings to countless people worldwide. Fans have been sharing memories and expressing grief on social media, acknowledging the impact of Zahara’s beautiful music.

Zahara, who released five albums and received numerous awards, including a spot on the BBC’s 100 Women list in 2020, made a lasting contribution to South African music. Despite her success, she openly discussed her struggle with alcohol addiction in 2019.

Minister Zizi Kodwa extended condolences, recognizing Zahara’s profound influence on the South African music industry. The family has not released an official statement about her passing as of now.

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