Afro-pop Solo Musician Zahara Mkutukane
Zahara’s musical genre is classified as Afro-Soul, which is the term for music that is a fusion between soul music and African sounds. She sings in both Xhosa, her native language and English. Her musical sounds have been described as a mixture of styles relating to those of Tracy Chapman and India Arie. Her musical influences are that of Tracy Chapman, Miriam Makeba and Brenda Fassie.
Zahara’s debut album “uLoliwe” was released in 2011, proving a huge success for the singer, resulting in a platinum in only 13 days, thereafter going double platinum 17 days. She describes this album as soulful and inspiring.
At the South African Music Awards On the 1st May 2012, Zahara won an astounding 8 awards including “Best Female Artist” and “Album of the Year.”
Zahara describes her music in the following 4 words - soulful, inspiring, emotional and loving. Zahara wants to be remembered as the girl next door who changed and touched lives with her music.