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Born and raised in the Eastern Cape, Zahara, born BulelwaMkuthukana, grew up in humble surroundings. She discovered her love for the stage at school and her love for singing at Sunday school. Later she became lead singer of a church worship team, capturing congregations with her soulful voice. On completing school, unable to find employment Zahara picked up a dusty guitar and started to sing and compose, performing where ever she could the while. Last year, CEO of TS Records TK Nciza spotted her performing at an East London club. Later that year, Zahara featured on a live DVD performing the song Loliwe, which is also the name of her first album. Described as “a breath of fresh air”, she recently performed with Shante Moore.