Award-winning South African Afro-pop singer Bulelwa Mkutukana, popularly known as Zahara, has died, the country’s culture minister has said.

She had been in hospital, reportedly with liver complications, and the government had been assisting the family “for some time”, Culture Minister Zizi Kodwa said.

The songstress won fame in 2011 with her album Loliwe, loved across Africa.

In 2019, Zahara opened up about her battle with alcohol addiction.

“Zahara and her guitar made an incredible and lasting impact in South African music,” Mr Kodwa posted on X, formerly Twitter.

Last month, the family confirmed the musician had been admitted to hospital and called on South Africans to keep her in their prayers.

She passed away on Monday night in a Johannesburg hospital at the age of 36, the public broadcaster, SABC, reports.