Zahara turns 33: 5 facts to celebrate Mzansi's very own country girl

Zahara turns 33: 5 facts to celebrate Mzansi's very own country girl

Zahara turns 33 on this day, 9 November. The talented woman from the Eastern Cape has one of the most beautiful and distinct voices in Mzansi. celebrates her big day with a few interesting facts.

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1. Childhood

Zahara was born as Bulelwa Mkutukana in the Phumlani snformal Settlement outside of East London in the Eastern Cape. She has six siblings from parents Nokhaya and Mlamli Mkutukana. As a child she was known by the nickname "Spinach".

2. Early singing career

Zahara started singing at the tender age of six. She was soon appointed the lead singer of a local Sunday school choir in Phumlani.

3. Rise to fame

Zahara started her career busking on the streets of East London. She was spotted by TK Nciza of TS Records, who signed her to his label.

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Zahara turns 33: 5 facts to celebrate Mzansi's very own country girl
Zahara is celebrating her birthday on this day. Image: Zahara/Instagram
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4. Debut album

Zahara's debut album Loliwe was released in 2011. It enjoyed immense success with the first batch being sold out within 72 hours. The album reached double platinum status in South Africa within a month. Zahara's first live DVD of the album reached platinum in one day.

5. Awards

Zahara won eight awards at the South African Music Awards (SAMAs) in 2012, including Best Female Artist and Album of the Year.

Zahara's second studio album, Phendula, won three SAMAs for Best Selling Album, Best R&B, Soul and Reggae Album and Best Female Artist of the Year. The same year, Nelson Mandela invited her to his home to perform a private bedside concert.

In 2017, Zahara signed with Warner Music South Africa and released Mgodi, her fourth studio album. The album went gold after six hours.

In other Zahara news, the Loliwe hitmaker posted a photo of herself in a gorgeous detailed dress and stunning headpiece. The singer was smiling and looked beautiful in the ornate outfit as she posed next to Dineo Ranaka. The whole look was organised by Nhlanhla Nciza, who Zahara thanked for dressing her in the caption of the post.

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Fans loved the look too and decided to make their feelings known in the comments section where they complimented Zahara and Nhlanhla on the ensemble.

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