South Africa's Afro-pop Sensation Zahara Dies Aged 36

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Renowned South African Afro-pop artist Zahara, known for her 2011 album "Loliwe," has passed away at the age of 36 due to liver complications. Zahara, who openly

Renowned South African Afro-pop artist Bulelwa Mkutukana, widely known as Zahara, has passed away, as confirmed by the country's Culture Minister.

Zahara, celebrated for her 2011 album "Loliwe" that made a significant impact across Africa, has been hospitalized due to liver complications. Minister Zizi Kodwa of Sports, Arts, and Culture noted that government support has been extended to her family during this challenging period.

In 2019, Zahara openly discussed her battle with alcohol addiction, revealing personal challenges. Last month, her family sought prayers from South Africans as she faced health issues. Tragically, at the age of 36, Zahara passed away on Monday night in a Johannesburg hospital, as reported by the state-run SABC news website.

After the announcement, social media has become a platform for fans to mourn and share cherished memories. Minister Kodwa acknowledged Zahara's profound impact on South African music, noting, "Zahara and her guitar made an incredible and lasting impact in South African music."

Expressions of admiration for Zahara's musical legacy flooded social media, with one user on X (formerly Twitter) stating, "She left us with such beautiful music." Throughout her career, Zahara, who released five albums, earned numerous local and international accolades.

Beyond her musical achievements, Zahara used her platform to address the issue of violence against women in South Africa, drawing from her personal experience. Her departure leaves an indelible mark on the world of music, prompting fans and fellow artists to reflect on her impactful journey.