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Friday, 22 December 2023 11:01

Friends & family honour Zahara at a memorial service at her hometown.

By Lehlohonolo Lehana.

Friends, family members and industry colleagues of the late musician Bulelwa "Zahara" Mkutukana gathered at the East London International Convention Centre to remember her life and legacy.

The multi-award winning muso died in hospital more than a week ago surrounded by family and loved ones.

Zahara broke into the industry with her debut album 'Loliwe' which took the country by storm in 2011.

Her second memorial service took place at the East London International Convention Centre (ELICC) in East London.

This comes after her first memorial service that took place in Johannesburg on Thursday, 14 December at the Rhema Bible Church in Randburg.

There were performances by Dumza Maswana and tributes by producer Mojalefa "Mjakes" Thebe, the man behind some of the singer's biggest hits.

Her friend who went to school with her Nomvuselelo Grey said they grew up together in the same area and started being close in 1998. "She used to invite me out for dates and believe me, our dates were to attend church services.

She was very focused and always sang for us. I remember one time she told us that we should let her write autographs for us at the time because when she becomes a celebrity, she will not have time to do it. We dismissed her and she did become a celebrity," Grey said. 

Actress Lusanda Mbane and other artists delivered the late singer's music awards and her signature guitar to her mother Nokhanya Mkutukwana yesterday.

In a video shared on social media, Mbane could be seen carrying Zahara's guitar on her back while a few men carried her multiple awards in two boxes to hand them over to her mother. Zahara's mother accepted her daughter's music accolades with a smile.

Over the years, Zahara released several other albums and won numerous awards, including several South African Music Awards (SAMAs) and a BET Award in 2015 for Best International Act: Africa. 

Zahara is expected to be laid to rest on Saturday in her hometown of Phumlani outside East London in the Eastern Cape. 

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