Zahara dies at 36 after liver disease

Zahara dies at 36 after liver disease

South African pop singer, Zahara, has died at the age of 36 years after suffering liver disease.

Reports indicated that she was allegedly into drinking and is warned by doctors to cut down her intake.

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Her sister Nomonde confirmed that doctors had warned her, “if Zahara continues drinking, she is going to die … We are making sure that there is always someone around her to monitor her so that she doesn’t start drinking again.”

However, the South Africa’s sports, arts and culture minister, Zizi Kodwa who announced her death said her guitar made an incredible and lasting impact in South African music.

“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,” he said.

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Meanwhile, her manager, Oyama Dyosiba, last month disclosed that Zahara had been hospitalised “following complaints about physical pain.”

She had suffered liver disease after problems with alcoholism, confirmed by Dyosiba in 2019.

Born Bulelwa Mkutukana in 1987, Zahara was self-taught on guitar and broke through in 2011 with her debut album, Loliwe, a commercial hit that also won album of the year at the South African music awards.

She performed the title track for Nelson Mandela at his home before his death in 2013, and later wrote a tribute song with the lyrics: “Hero of heroes / There’s none like him.”

That song, like the rest of her discography, was sung in a blend of Xhosa and English.

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Her second album, Phendula, opened with a collaboration with Ladysmith Black Mambazo, while the country-influenced follow-up, Country Girl, went three times platinum. She signed with a major label, Warner Music, for her fourth album, Mgodi, following a dispute with previous label TS Records.

She also campaigned against violence against women, which she described in 2020 as a “pandemic” in South Africa.

She declared herself as a survivor of an attack from a man who pepper-sprayed her in his car.

“Men feel like they are entitled to women, like women are theirs. Men in South Africa, all they care about is them,” she told the media.


Joyceline Natally Cudjoe

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