Steve Kekana

Advocate, singer and songwriter Steve Kekana. Image via Twitter @TshekoMosito

Industry giants mourn Steve Kekana: ‘I am shattered’ – Sipho Hotstix Mabuse

Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Felicia Mabuza-Suttle and Sipho ‘Hotstix’ Mabuse pay tribute to legendary singer, songwriter and advocate Dr Steve Kekana.

Steve Kekana

Advocate, singer and songwriter Steve Kekana. Image via Twitter @TshekoMosito

South Africans continues to mourn the passing of legendary singer, advocate and songwriter Dr Steve Kekana who sadly passed away yesterday on 1 July, at the age of 63.

According to some media reports, Kekana passed away in a Polokwane hospital on Thursday after being admitted for his diabetes condition. However, various other reports stated that the singer tested positive for COVID-19 and died from COVID-19 complications.


  • The Limpopo-born singer recorded 40 albums despite losing his eyesight at the age of five .
  • He was awarded the SABC Black Music Award for best male vocalist in 1979.
  • He was also a qualified advocate who held two law degrees.
  • In 2020, the University of South Africa (Unisa) honoured him with a doctorate in philosophy.
  • The Take Your Love hitmaker also lectured in labour law at Unisa.
  • Kekana spent the remainder of his last years lecturing after dedicating more than four decades of his life to music.


His friends in the music and entertainment industry, such as Yvonne Chaka Chaka and TV host and businesswoman Felicia Mabuza-Suttle, have taken to social media to mourn him.

Jazz legend Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse had the following to say:

I am shocked, I am shattered. I don’t even know what to say. I am still trying to absorb everything as I hear it, because he was not a musician, he was my brother-in-law.

Government and EFF

The South African government said on Thursday evening:

We send our deepest condolences to the family, friends, and fans of the legendary singer and songwriter Ntate Steve Kekana who passed away today, 01 July 2021 at the age of 62. #RIPSteveKekana

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) also tweeted the party’s condolences to the musician’s family:

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