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South Africa’s Afro-Pop Sensation Zahara Dies Aged 36

Bulelwa Mkutukana, better known as Zahara, a well-known South African Afro-pop sensation, has died, according to the country’s Culture Minister.

According to Minister Zizi Kodwa of Sports, Arts, and Culture, Zahara, renowned for her 2011 album “Loliwe,” which resonated across Africa, had been hospitalized due to liver issues, with government support offered to her family during this difficult period.

In 2019, Zahara opened up about her experience with alcoholism, sharing light on personal struggles. Her family requested prayers from South Africans last month as she battled health difficulties. According to the state-run SABC news website, Zahara, 36, died on Monday night in a Johannesburg hospital.

Following the announcement, social media has evolved into a platform for followers to grieve and share fond memories. Minister Kodwa stated, “Zahara and her guitar made an incredible and lasting impact in South African music.”

X (previously Twitter) was overwhelmed with tributes to Zahara’s artistic legacy, with one user noting, “She left us with such beautiful music.” Zahara, who has recorded five albums, has received various local and international acclaim during her career.

Aside from her musical accomplishments, she used her platform to highlight the issue of violence against women in South Africa, reflecting on her personal experience.

Zahara’s departure leaves an indelible imprint on the music world, as fans and fellow artists reflect on her influential path.

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