South Africa’s Afro-pop singer, Zahara dies after battling liver problem

Afro-pop singer, Bulelwa Mkutukana, well known as Zahara, after battling with a severe liver problem, dies from its complications.

At the age of 36, she passed away on Monday night in a hospital at Johannesburg.

Her family announced her passage on her Instagram profile on Tuesday.

In reaction to her passing, Zizi Kodwa, the South African Minister of Sports, Arts, and Culture, wrote on his official X page:

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“I’m very saddened by the passing of @ZaharaSA. My deepest condolences to the Mkutukana family and the South African music industry.

The government has been with the family for some time now. Zahara and her guitar made an incredible and lasting impact in South African music.”

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Famous for her 2011 album “Loliwe,” Zahara was admitted to the hospital in November after experiencing problems with her liver. However, last week, her condition worsened after it was noted that she was not responding to treatment.


Zaharah captivated audiences with her voice, and inspiring performances throughout her career.

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Her unique blend of traditional African rhythms and contemporary sounds made her a true icon, not only in her homeland but also on a global scale.



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