Source: Zahara (Twitter account)

The South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU) is saddened by the passing of an Afro-soul superstar, Bulelwa Mkutukana, famously known as Zahara. Ever since she shot to fame with her album Loliwe in 2011, Zahara has proved to be a highly talented singer and guitarist, producing music that had impact beyond South Africa.

She was a musical genius who produced music that echoed the reality, struggles and hopes of the working class people.

Her song Loliwe, is historical. It highlights the mode of passenger transport that transported the working class from labour reserves to the working centres in mines and factories. Excerpts of her song, imali, are true to our situation in many senses including that many political killings are motivated by contest for money in tendering corruption, killings during robberies and even at macro level, imperialist induced wars and killings are motivated by contest for money and power. In Phendula, she conveys the hopes of the working people who wish their situations of destitution to change. Underlying all the problems she highlights in her songs is the capitalist mode of production and capitalist social relations that continue to reproduce multiple crises of unemployment, poverty, inequality, crime and wars.

SAFTU extends heartfelt condolences and deepest sympathies to the Zahara’s family, the Mkutukana family and friends.

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