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Award-winning musician Zahara has passed away

Award-winning musician Zahara has passed away

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A dark cloud is hanging over the South African arts industry after multi-award winning songstress Bulelwa Mkutukana, better known as Zahara passed away last night.

The ‘Loliwe’ hit-maker, could not win a long battle with liver complications, and on Monday night she took her final bow at a private Johannesburg Hospital.

Zahara is said to have been admitted in hospital with liver complications nearly two weeks ago with the artist’s situation reportedly deteriorating in her final days, culminating in reports of her unresponsiveness.

South Africa’s Sports, Arts and Culture Minister, Hon Zizi Kodwa took to social media late on Monday to announce the untimely passing of the talented songstress.

“I am very saddened by the passing of Zahara. My deepest condolences to the Mkutukana family and the South African music industry,” he said.

The 35-year-old leaves an indelible mark in the music industry having released five studio albums, with her 2011 debut album Loliwe going double platinum.

Her impact in the whole of Southern Africa can not be undermined and over the last 12 years she became one of the South Africa’s most recognised musicians for her unique style.

Testimony to her great exploits behind the microphone, Zahara was honoured with 17 South African Music Awards.

In 2012, the late songstress won eight South African Music Awards, including for “Best Female Artist” and “Album of the Year”.

A true icon in South Africa’s arts sector, the Honorable Minister admitted that government has been assisting Zahara with medical support.

“Government has been with the family for some time now,” the Minister said.

Hon. Kodwa hailed the late’s decorated music career, adding that her legacy and contribution to the music industry will forever be cherished.

“Zahara and her guitar made an incredible and lasting impact in South African music,” he said.

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