JOHANNESBURG: Legendary South African musician and advocate Steve Kekana has died at the age of 63.
The singer reportedly died early Thursday morning, his manager Xolani Majozi, has confirmed the tragic news.
“Yes it’s true, Ntate Steve Kekana is no more. He died in the early hours of this morning and we are waiting for more details from the family,” Majozi said.
“I spoke to his wife and she confirmed that he’s no more. He was fine the last time I spoke to him. I spoke to him last week over the phone and we were having an event around him but had to cancel due to the latest lockdown regulations.”
South African singer-songwriter was born on 4 August 1958 in Zebediela in the then-Transvaal.
Kekana lost his sight at age five and went to attend a school for the blind in Polokwane. During his school years, he nurtured his love for singing and became a member of amateur groups during his teenage years.
He also completed an LLB and B Juris degree, and he also lectured in labour law at the University of South Africa (UNISA).
In 1979 and 1980, Kekana won what was then known as the SABC Black Music Award for best male vocalist. His song, Raising My Family was a big hit in Europe in 1980.
Kekana had recorded more than forty albums and worked with the likes of Ray Phiri, Nana Coyote, Joe Nina and Hotline featuring PJ Thandeka Powers.