AFRIMA pays tribute to late South African singer, Zahara

Late South African Musician, Zahara

LAGOS- The All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) says late South African Musician, Bulelwa Mkutukana, known by her stage name, “Zahara”, has left an indelible mark on the global music scene.

AFRIMA’s President and Executive Producer, Mr Mike Dada, in a statement on Saturday said that the deceased touched millions of souls with her soulful voice and captivating performances.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that 36-year-old Zahara died on Dec. 11, after battling with liver complications.

Dada expressed deep sorrow over Zahara’s demise, emphasising her significant contributions to the African music landscape.

He said that as a multi-award-winning artiste, Zahara’s impact transcended borders, resonating with music enthusiasts across the continent and beyond.

Dada described Zahara as a beacon of musical prowess, lauding her emotive vocals, insightful lyrics and compelling stage presence.

He highlighted her journey as a testament to the power of talent, resilience, and the ability to transcend borders through the universal language of music.

“AFRIMA mourns the loss of this remarkable artiste, we stand in solidarity with the global music community in paying tribute to Zahara’s extraordinary life and musical legacy.

“The Afro-soul artiste’s story resonates not only as a South African phenomenon but also as a symbol of Africa’s rich and diverse musical heritage.

“Her ability to blend traditional sounds with contemporary influences showcased the dynamism and richness of African music, earning her a place among the pantheon of musical legends,” he said.

Also, Lekunutu Seboko, AFRIMA’s Country Director in South Africa, emphasised Zahara’s status as an international icon who projected African music on the world stage aggressively.

He praised her poignant lyrics and soulful delivery, noting that they struck a chord with audiences far beyond the borders of South Africa.

Seboko described Zahara not only as an individual artiste but as a cultural ambassador whose work fostered unity and appreciation for Africa’s musical heritage.

“Beyond accolades and achievements, Zahara’s legacy lives on through the countless lives she touched with her music, becoming anthems of hope, love, and resilience for a diverse audience.

“AFRIMA, as an organisation is dedicated to the development, celebration and promotion of African music globally, to achieve inclusivity, economic prosperity and world peace.

“It acknowledges Zahara’s immense contributions to the continent’s cultural tapestry.

“We mourn her demise and solidarise with her family, the people of South Africa, Africa as a continent, and the world music landscape for this great loss,” he said. (NAN)

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