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About Zahara Mkutukane

Zahara Mkutukane

Zahara Mkutukane was born in the rural informal settlement town of Phumlani, just outside East London on the 9th of November 1988. She is not just a songwriter and guitarist but also a poet and brand ambassador for the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital. She started singing in her school choir at the age of six and was asked to join the local Sunday school choir in Phumlani when she was nine because of her strong voice. Later, at the age of thirteen, she was made the worship team-leader in her church where she discovered her real musical talents.

A real-life situation that inspired Zahara was when her father built their first house with his own hands. Her stage name means “Blooming Flower” but as a child her nickname was Spinach. The singer says if she had the opportunity to change something about the music industry it would be to create more campaigns to encourage people not to buy pirate music.

List of awards and nominations received by Zahara Mkutukane

2014

  • WON: Best Female Southern Africa [African Muzik Magazine Awards]
  • WON: Best Selling Album [20th Annual South African Music Awards] - "Phendula"
  • WON: Female Artist of the Year [20th Annual South African Music Awards] - "Phendula"
  • NOMINATED: Best RnB, Soul and Reggae [20th Annual South African Music Awards] - "Phendula"
  • NOMINATED: Best African Pop Album [Metro FM Music Awards] - "Phendula"
  • NOMINATED: Best Female Artist [Metro FM Music Awards]
  • NOMINATED: Song of the Year [Metro FM Music Awards] - "Phendula"

2013

  • WON: Southern African Artiste of the Year [Nigeria Entertainment Awards]
  • WON: Best Collaboration [19th Annual South African Music Awards] - "Thetha Nami" (Riot featuring Zahara)
  • NOMINATED: Best Collaboration [19th Annual South African Music Awards] - "Hold On (Bambelela)" (Zahara featuring LeRoy Bell and the Soweto Gospel Choir)
  • NOMINATED: Best Live DVD [19th Annual South African Music Awards] - "The Beginning Live"
  • NOMINATED: MTN SAMA Record Of The Year [19th Annual South African Music Awards] - "Umthwalo"
  • WON: Best Selling Ring-Back-Tone [19th Annual South African Music Awards] - "Loliwe"

2012

  • WON: Best Female Artist from Southern Africa [Kora Awards] - "Loliwe"
  • WON: Best Female Video [Channel O Music Video Awards] - "Loliwe"
  • WON: Best Collaboration [18th Annual South African Music Awards] - "Incwad' Encane" (Zahara featuring Georgyn Kanana)
  • WON: Best Selling Album [18th Annual South African Music Awards] - "Loliwe"
  • WON: Newcomer of the Year [18th Annual South African Music Awards] - "Loliwe"
  • WON: Female Artist of the Year [18th Annual South African Music Awards] - "Loliwe"
  • WON: Album of the Year [18th Annual South African Music Awards] - "Loliwe"
  • WON: Best Selling Full-Track Download of the Year [18th Annual South African Music Awards] - "Loliwe"
  • WON: Remix of the Year [18th Annual South African Music Awards] - "Lengoma" (DJ Sbu featuring Zahara)
  • NOMINATED: African Artist Of The Year [Hip Hop World Awards (The Headies)] - "Loliwe"

2011

  • NOMINATED: Best Produced Album [Metro FM Music Awards] - "Loliwe"
  • WON: Best Female Album [Metro FM Music Awards] - "Loliwe"
  • NOMINATED: Best Newcomer [Metro FM Music Awards] - "Loliwe"
  • WON: Song of the Year [Metro FM Music Awards] - "Loliwe"
  • WON: Hit Single Of The Year [Metro FM Music Awards] - "Lengoma" (DJ Sbu featuring Zahara)
  • WON: Musician (Zakes Bantwini and Zahara) [Feather Awards]