Still celebrating the fruits of her toils and hardly a few weeks after her latest album, Mgodi was certified gold within hours of its release, award-winning South African musician, Zahara will be in Gaborone, Botswana next week Friday (November 3rd) where she is expected to grace Botswana Craft and serenade audiences at the customary Mascom Live Sessions.
Best known by her stage name Zahara, Bulelwa Mkutukana, who will be turning 29 on November 9, a week after her Botswana Craft performance is still on cloud nine after her new album sold over 16, 700 physical copies and hundreds of digital copies within the first 24 hours of its release. According to Warner Music South Africa, in order for an album to be certified gold, 15, 000 copies needs to be sold.
“I am very happy because the album went gold in six hours. All I ever want to do is make music that is why I have always tried to tell my story through my albums. I told people to not listen to what was said about me but listen to my story through my music, and it is amazing that people are listening to me and buying my album. I am a daughter of Africa and most people who read the reports about me are reading it because they are concerned about me. That is why when I release music they go and buy. They always support me,” Zahara was recently quoted via #TimesLIVE. Zahara will headline the upcoming Mascom Live Sessions alongside Trinity Mpho who is back in Botswana after an extended stay in Canada.
Zahara first took the music industry by storm after she released her acclaimed first single from her debut studio album, Loliwe on August 31, 2011 under TS Records which saw the Afro-Soul musician winning the Female Artist of the Year and Newcomer of the Year accolades at the 18th South African Music Awards (SAMAs).
The song further won Best Selling Full-Track Download of the Year, Song of the Year award at the 2011 Metro FM Music Awards, Best Female Artist from Southern Africa award at the 2012 Kora Awards and was also nominated for African Artist of the Year at the Headies 2012 for the same song. Moreover, the song won the Best Selling Ring-Back-Tone award at the 19th Annual South African Music Awards and the music video for “Loliwe” won the Best Female Video award at the 2012 Channel O Music Video Awards.
This is the second time Zahara will be gracing Botswana Craft towards the end of the year, her recent performance having been on December, 1, 2015 alongside Botswana’s very own Fresh Les and Robbie Rob.
The last time Zahara was in the country was last year December 2016 courtesy of Standard Chartered Bank of Botswana who had invited the talented singer to serenade guests during the bank’s official opening of the new Sir Seretse Khama International Airport digital branch.
It was at the same show, where in between her impressive performance, Zahara broke down into tears and used the platform to convey her last respects to the late South African Gospel star, Sfiso Ncwane, who had passed away the same week due to a kidney failure after he was taken to hospital following a short illness.
Tickets are already on sale in advance at Botswana Craft for P300 and the show is slated to start at 8PM. Overcome FOMO, get yours today!