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Zahara, the late ‘Loliwe’ hitmaker. What happened?

Zahara and her guitar made an incredible and lasting impact in South African music.

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Zahara, whose real name was Bulelwa Mkutukana, died Monday 11th, December 2023, her family said in a statement posted on her official page on X, formerly Twitter. It gave no cause of death. The family said last month that Zahara had been admitted to a hospital with an undisclosed issue and had asked for privacy.

Last month, her manager, Oyama Dyosiba, confirmed she had been hospitalized “following complaints about physical pains”. She had suffered liver disease after problems with alcoholism, confirmed by Dyosiba in 2019.

I was saddened by this news as Zahara was one of my first introductions to South African music, my favorite song being DJ Sbu feat. Zahara – Lengoma. Netizens around the world have been confused by her untimely death and sad as they say that Zahara healed souls with her music.

Claims have been circulating the internet about her alcoholism and the cause of her dipping into bad health. This was about her contract with her record label as it was too much for her and this made her dip into alcohol. Her sister Nomonde said that year doctors had told her, “If [Zahara] continues drinking, she is going to die … We are making sure that there is always someone around her to monitor her so that she doesn’t start drinking again”.

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Also in 2021, in an interview, DJ Sbu claimed Zahara had been paid for her Loliwe album. However, speaking to TshisaLIVE, Zahara said that she has never received any funds for her work with the Loliwe album. “It’s all lies,” she said, fuming.

Why did Zahara write Loliwe?

Zahara said the song is primarily about the train that transported her fathers and forefathers from Johannesburg to East London during the Apartheid era. Furthermore, she said many people had hope that the train would bring their loved ones back.

Zahara won 17 South African music awards, was also recognized in Nigeria and was included on a list of the 100 most influential women in the world in 2020 by the BBC. She released four more albums — one of them triple platinum and one platinum.

RIP to the legend that introduced South African music to the world, truly she did cure souls with her music.

Below are some of the messages that people had to say about Zahara.

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Beyonce Launches Inclusive Hair Care Line Cécred

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Beyoncé has officially launched her highly anticipated hair care line, ‘Cécred’, offering a diverse range of shampoos, conditioners, and treatments catering to various hair types from coily to straight, and fine to coarse.

The 42-year-old singer unveiled ‘Cécred’ through a captivating Instagram campaign in early February, where she reminisced about her humble beginnings, revealing that her first job was sweeping hair in her mother’s salon.

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In a heartfelt statement, Beyoncé expressed her aspiration to continue her mother’s legacy of empowering women through hair care, stating, “I saw firsthand how the ways we nurture and celebrate hair can directly impact our souls.” Emphasizing the importance of self-expression, Beyonce added, “I want everyone to have the freedom to express their hair in ways that make them feel good.”

Drawing inspiration from her upbringing and her mother’s entrepreneurial spirit, Beyoncé credited her early lessons in business to her mother, Tina Knowles, who ran a salon in Houston during the 1980s. Reflecting on her journey, Beyoncé shared, “My entire life and career, I’ve worn my hair in so many different ways… I want everyone to have the freedom to express their hair in ways that make them feel good.”

The Grammy-winning artist highlighted the significance of inclusivity in product development, particularly for Black women who are often underrepresented in hair care testing. “Every hair texture deserves testing, research, and development,” Beyonce emphasized. Beyoncé also acknowledged her mother’s invaluable contribution to the creation of ‘Cécred’, leveraging her expertise from running a salon and challenging conventional norms in hair care.

Tina Knowles, who serves as the company’s vice chair, emphasized the fusion of advanced hair care technology with traditional rituals, stating, “Now Cécred has the latest science with tried-and-true rituals passed down from generations before.” The initial collection, named ‘Foundation’, offers essential products such as a clarifying shampoo, scalp scrub, hair mask, and a rose-scented fermented rice treatment.

With prices ranging from $20 to $52, the ‘Foundation’ collection is available on the official website, cecred.com. Beyoncé’s venture into hair care marks another milestone in her entrepreneurial journey, complementing her previous endeavors in fashion and athleisure.

Through ‘Cécred’, she aims to celebrate healthy hair for all women, embracing diversity and empowerment in every strand.

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Nyota Ndogo Announces The Arrival Of Her Baby Boy With Danish Hubby

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Nyota Ndogo, the 43-year-old singer from the Coast, and her 60-year-old Danish husband, Henning Nielsen, have joyously welcomed a new addition to their family – a baby boy named Abdalla.

Announcing the birth on social media, the Watu na Viatu singer shared a touching photo of the newborn shortly after his arrival, expressing her delight. She couldn’t help but notice the unique blend of features in her son, noting his silky hair resembling his father’s while acknowledging that he takes after her in other aspects. However, despite her happiness, she confessed to feeling apprehensive about potential accusations of infidelity due to their son’s complexion.

“Karibu nyumbani mwanangu. Ila hii rangi sinitaambiwa nimechiti. Yani umeamua nywele ndio uchukue ya baba rangi ndio hii yetu. Karibu Abdalla. (URITHI TUNAO),” Nyota Ndogo wrote on Saturday, February 17.

With the arrival of Abdalla, Nyota Ndogo and Henning’s family now have six children, marking their first child together. Nyota Ndogo brings a daughter and son from previous relationships, while Henning has three children of his own.

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Bien Recruits Kenyan Singer Xenia Manasseh And Ugandan Hitmaker Joshua Baraka For His Upcoming Europe Tour

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Bien is gearing up for his inaugural solo tour across Europe, marking a significant milestone in his career.

Having previously toured the continent with Sauti Sol in 2022 and 2023 as part of their farewell tour, the acclaimed singer is now embarking on a solo journey that will take him through eight vibrant cities.

The tour, named after his debut solo album, “Alusa Why Are You Topless?”, is scheduled to commence in March. Released to critical acclaim in November 2023, the album has garnered widespread recognition, with one of its tracks, ‘Ma Cherie’, earning a spot among Rolling Stones’ 40 best Afropop songs of 2023.

It will be an East African affair as Kenyan R&B singer Xenia Manasseh and Ugandan hitmaker Joshua Baraka are set to join Bien on his European tour.

Beginning on Thursday, March 7th, Bien will grace the stage in Paris, France, setting the tone for an electrifying journey. From there, he’ll make his way to Rotterdam, Netherlands, on Monday, March 11th, followed by a performance in Brussels, Belgium, on the subsequent day.

Continuing his musical odyssey, the ‘Mbwe Mbwe’ crooner will enchant audiences in Germany, with shows in Cologne on Friday, March 15th, and Berlin on Sunday, March 17th. The tour’s second leg will then take him to London on Monday, March 18th, before concluding in Copenhagen, Denmark, on Wednesday, March 20th.

Wrapping up his European escapade with a flourish, Bien will deliver a mesmerizing finale in Stockholm, Sweden, on Friday, March 22nd. This tour promises to be a captivating showcase of his musical prowess and an unforgettable experience for audiences across Europe.

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