Award-winning South African Afro-pop singer Bulelwa Mkutukana, popularly known as Zahara, has died, the country’s culture minister announced.
The songstress won fame in 2011 with her album Loliwe, loved across Africa.
In 2019, Zahara opened up about her battle with alcohol addiction.
Last month, the family confirmed she had been admitted to hospital and called on South Africans to keep the musician in their prayers.
She passed away on Monday night in a Johannesburg hospital at the age of 36, state-run SABC news website reports.
“Zahara and her guitar made an incredible and lasting impact in South African music,” Mr Kodwa posted on X (formerly Twitter).
“She left us with such beautiful music,” one X user posted.
The songwriter also used her platform to speak out about violence against women in South Africa, something she revealed had happened to her.
In an interview with a local radio last year, Zahara said her music was not for recognition but to bring comfort to broken souls that need healing.