Bulelwa Mkutukana is a songwriter and musician who was born in East London. She is best known by her stage name Zahara.
Zahara started singing around the age of 6. She was appointed to sing lead in her Sunday school choir in Phumlani.
Zahara signed to TS Records in 2010. In 2011 Zahara release would her album Loliwe which means train in English. The album would sell over 20,000 copies in its first 3 days of sale in South Africa. Loliwe sold over 350,000 copies in its first four months of sale making it the second fastest selling album in South African history behind Brenda Fassie’s Memeza album which sold over 500,000 copies in four months.
In 2012 Zahara released a live DVD titled The Beginning Live. The DVD features songs from her debut album Loliwe and a rendition on Brenda Fassie’s Vulindlela. The DVD sold over 40,000 copies in South Africa reaching double platinum status. The DVD is confirmed to be one of the fastest selling DVD released by a South African Artist in South Africa.
In July 2013 Zahara released an Extended Play (EP) titled Nelson Mandela. It was released around the time when Mandela was critically ill.
In September 2013 Zahara released her second album titled Phendula. The album received great reviews and the single Phendula reached number one on South Africa’s iTunes chart within hours once released. The album sold over 100,000 copies in two weeks of its release.
In 2015 Zahara released her 3 album titled Country girl. The album sold over 20,000 copies in 24 hours of its release in South Africa.
In Novemeber 2016 Zahara released an Extended Play (EP) titled Effloresence.
So what happened to Zahara
Before I even begin I would like to say that there seems to be a lot of misleading and unsubstantiated news about Zahara. Also Zahara doesn’t play. She sues. Well that is according to reports that she is suing True Love magazine for defamation of character after magazine cover title Zahara Marriage, drug & selling records.
Zahara took to social media to call the headline “tasteless and misleading” and also went on to say that if they did not recall the cover she will be left with no choice but to take legal action against them.
She is engaged to Umhlobo Wenene DJ Amaza. The two are no strangers to headlines. Whether it is breakup rumours. Alcoholism rumours. Now reports are that her wedding has been put on hold due to Zahara’s hectic schedule at the moment. She estimates that her wedding might happen around August this year.
With a wedding pending she has been eating healthier and excising. She apparently went from a size 38 to a size 32. Looking good.
She left TS Records in December. It’s reported that the split was a mutual one and she has started her own recording label believed to be called Zahara Army. She is also working on a partnership with Universal Records.
Zahara is getting her own reality show according to TimesLive exclusive article. There aren’t many details at the moment however it is said that she is working with Ferguson Films.
Then there have been reports as of late about Zahara’s finances. There are reports that she has failed to pay her monthly instalments for her Audi A5 vehicle and that is has been repossessed.
Then there was a report that she went to a shisa nyama and left without paying her bill. She responded by saying “Maybe there is a just a vendetta against me. I don’t know why people say such things about me.”
Take those reports with a pinch of salt. On to more exciting news. She has revealed that she is in studio recording her next album. If her past 3 studio albums are anything to go by then this one is going to be a hit train as well.