Renowned South African Musician Zahara Passes Away at 35

Zahara, the beloved South African music icon celebrated for her mesmerizing vocals and guitar skills, has sadly left us at the age of 35 following an illness.

The South African Minister for Arts and Culture, Bulelwa Mkutukana, confirmed the singer’s passing through a heartfelt post on the social media platform X. In his message, he expressed deep sorrow, extending condolences to the Mkutukana family and the entire South African music community.

Zahara’s profound influence on South African music, accompanied by her soulful performances with the guitar, will be remembered as a lasting legacy.


In November 2023, Zahara’s family issued an official statement addressing the widespread speculation about her health. Following her passing, the South African music industry was deeply affected, with tributes pouring in from top stars who were touched by her music and inspired by her artistry.

Celebrities have taken to their social media platforms to mourn Zahara’s tragic death. Grammy Award-winning South African artist Black Coffee shared his heartbreak on social media, expressing, “You healed so many souls.”

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