Zahara’s Family Selling Her Awards and Possessions: A Legacy in Jeopardy

The South African music industry was left reeling when Zahara, born Bulelwa Mkutukana, passed away on December 11, 2023, at the young age of 36. The acclaimed singer-songwriter had built a legacy that transcended her music, inspiring countless fans with her resilience and talent. However, her family is now facing a difficult decision: selling her awards and possessions to make ends meet.

Zahara’s sisters, Lumka Mkutukana and Bandezwa Mkutukana-Febana, have reportedly put up various items from Zahara’s home for sale, including her bedroom suite, lounge suite, kitchen supplies, flat-screen TV, and double-door fridge. Moreover, the awards that bear Zahara’s name are also on the market, but have yet to attract any buyers.





The decision to sell Zahara’s possessions comes as a last resort, following the auctioning off of her townhouse in Roodepoort last year. The family had planned to repurchase the property, but unfortunately, Zahara passed away before that could happen. The townhouse held sentimental value, as it was a symbol of Zahara’s hard work and dedication to her craft.

Zahara’s achievements in the music industry are nothing short of remarkable. With a career spanning over 11 years, she garnered an impressive collection of over 40 awards, solidifying her position as one of South Africa’s most celebrated musicians. Her music transcended genres, inspiring fans from all walks of life.

The benefit concert planned to raise funds for the repurchase of Zahara’s townhouse has been indefinitely postponed due to venue and funding difficulties. The event, which was slated to feature various artists, including Zahara’s dear friend Vusi Nova, aimed to honor her legacy and raise funds for the family to reclaim their cherished home.

Bandezwa Mkutukana-Febana expressed the family’s sentiment, “Zahara fought for her house while she was still alive, throughout her career that’s what she managed to hold on to. Also, to us, that was like home, that’s why we wanted to keep it because it’s got so many memories for us with her in it. It’s part of her legacy, we do not really want to lose it.”

As the family navigates this difficult time, fans and fellow musicians have come out in support, paying tribute to Zahara’s enduring legacy. Her music continues to inspire and uplift, a testament to her talent and dedication.

The sale of Zahara’s awards and possessions serves as a poignant reminder of the fragility of life and the importance of cherishing our legacies. While material possessions may fade, the impact of Zahara’s music and spirit will continue to resonate with generations to come.

In conclusion, Zahara’s family faces a difficult decision, but her legacy will forever be etched in the hearts of her fans. Her music, her spirit, and her resilience will continue to inspire, even in the face of adversity. As we remember Zahara, we honor her memory by celebrating her life, her music, and the indelible mark she left on the South African music industry.