Late musician Zahara. Image via @princekaybee_SA/X

RIP: Hilarious video of Zahara butchering the national anthem [watch]

South African award-winning musician Zahara will be remembered for not only her music, but also her sense of humour.


Late musician Zahara. Image via @princekaybee_SA/X

Tributes and messages of condolences are still pouring in following the untimely passing of platinum-selling Afropop star Zahara – real name Bulelwa Mkutukana.

Since her passing on Monday, 11 December, South Africans have been sharing their favourite songs, performances and moments by the multi-award-winning singer. Among them is a funny video of the Loliwe hitmaker butchering the national anthem.

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The Instagram Live video, which was recorded in April 2020 during the COVID-19 lockdown, shows Zahara singing her lungs out to the IsiXhosa, IsiZulu and Sesotho part of the country’s national anthem.

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However, it all falls apart when she moves to the Afrikaans lyrics; leaving her fans in stitches. When she gets to the English part, she somehow starts thinking about the beach and mentions Durban.


At the time, trolls on social media accused the songstress of being under the influence of alcohol, however, she hit back.

Speaking to TshisaLIVE, Zahara said: “My Instagram Live videos are always so lighthearted. I am always joking and was just having fun so I am alarmed with people saying these things. I did a lot of crazy things and no-one said anything. Someone asked me to sing the anthem and I decided to just have fun with it. I just wanted people to laugh at me struggling with the anthem, it wasn’t meant to be disrespectful or a big issue.

“It hurts me because they say people don’t know me. I don’t drink, even though people around me do. I am not worried about it though, I will still continue with my Instagram Live videos.”

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Zahara, who turned 36 last month, drew her last breath at a private hospital in Johannesburg, surrounded by her family and loved ones.

In a statement on Tuesday, the Mkutukana family described the Phendula hitmaker as a pure light and a blessing to the world.

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“She was a pure light, and an even purer heart, in this world. A beacon of hope, a gift and a blessing to us and countless people around the world.

“A legendary figure in the world of music, Zahara remarkably touched millions of people’s lives with her extraordinary gift and passion for music. She leaves behind an indelible mark on the music industry and a legacy that will forever resonate in our hearts and souls.”

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The family said that it would like for the musician to be remembered for healing the nation through her inspirational music.

“A life so beautifully lived deserves to be beautifully remembered. May we remember Zahara not with sorrow, but with the healing, joy, kindness, and inspiration she brought to us through her life and her music.

“May she rest in eternal peace, and may her melodies continue to echo in our heats forever, ” read the statement.