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Things you probably didn’t know about beautiful Zahara

Well-known Mzansi singer, Bulelwa Mkutukana lost the fight against liver complications and sadly passed away. Tributes have since been pouring in for the Loliwe hit-maker.

These lesser-known aspects of Zahara’s life shed light on the intriguing journey of the talented South African musician, unveiling both the triumphs and challenges she has faced along the way.

1. Bulelwa Mkutukana: Zahara’s True Identity and Family Background

Hailing from East London, Zahara’s birth name is Bulelwa Mkutukana. She grew up as the fourth child in a family of six siblings.

2. The “Spinach” Days: Former Stage Name and Early Music Career

Before signing with TS Records, Zahara used the stage name “Spinach.” It was during this time that she caught the attention of TK Nciza, co-owner of TS Records, while he was still married to Nhlanhla Nziza from the group Mafikizolo. Zahara even resided with the couple in Johannesburg when her musical journey was taken


3. Embracing Natural Hair: The Reason behind Zahara’s Iconic Style

Zahara was widely recognized for her distinctive natural afro hairstyle. She chose to keep her hair natural due to a sensitive scalp, making it a personal and practical preference.

4. A Priced Performer: Zahara’s Impressive Appearance Fee

Rumors suggest that Zahara commanded an impressive appearance fee of R75,000 per performance. With her remarkable success, particularly driven by her debut album “Loliwe,” which sold nearly 400,000 copies, Zahara became the star of TS Records and one of the most sought-after musicians in South Africa.

5. The Secret Marriage: Zahara’s Union with Mpho Xaba

In a surprising turn of events, Zahara reportedly tied the knot with her partner, Mpho Xaba, just weeks before falling ill. The announcement of their engagement took place in March, and it appears that their marriage occurred shortly thereafter. Reports suggest that Zahara’s family suspects foul play, suspecting that she may have been poisoned by a jealous family member during her lobola ceremony. After enduring public heartbreaks, Zahara finally found love and happiness with Mpho Xaba.


In other news – Close friends speak out following the death of Zahara

Popular South African award-winning singer and songwriter Bulelwa “Zahara” Mkutukana has sadly passed away at age 36 after being in hospital for a month.


The family of the Loliwe hitmaker spoke about her deteriorating health a couple of weeks ago, announcing that she had been hospitalized and was in a critical condition. The publication spoke to one of Zahara’s close friends who said her family will release a statement in time. Read More

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