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Nathi Mthethwa pays tribute to legendary musician Dr Steve Kekana


Sports, Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa paid tribute to legendary musician Dr Steve Kekana for his contribution to the creative sector.

The singer and songwriter died Thursday at the age of 63.

“His spirit will continue to live on in perpetuity thanks to his wonderful music and his contributions to the industry and the community at large,” said the Minister.

Kekana is best known for his first song, Mamsy, and the many hits that followed this release. One of her popular songs is South Africa’s all-time love breakup song “Take Your Love And Keep It”.

Kekana won the SABC Black Music Award for Best Male Vocalist in 1979 and 1980.

Kekana’s “Raising My Family” was a big hit in Europe in 1980. In 1982 and 1983 her songs “The Bushman” and “Feel So Strong” (with the musical group Hotline) were hits on the Springbok Radio Chart ( an official South African semi-chart at the time), reaching numbers 13 and 6 respectively.

Ray Phiri, Nana Coyote, Joe Nina and Hotline with PJ Thandeka Powers are among his collaborators. It has been reported that during his lifetime he recorded over 40 albums.

Born August 4, 1958 in Zebediela, Limpopo Province, Kekana attended a school for the blind in Polokwane after losing his sight at the age of five.

He developed his passion for singing throughout his school years and became a member of amateur ensembles during his teenage years.

“AB Juris and holder of an LLB, the University of South Africa awarded him an honorary degree in philosophy. He was a legendary musician and lawyer by training, lecturer in labor law at the University of South Africa and lawyer, ”said the Minister. .

The minister appointed Kekana as a member of the Council of the National Arts Council. He also served as an arbiter when providing relief funds related to COVID-19.

“He will be remembered for his availability and support in the arts and creation sector.

Mthethwa expressed his deepest condolences to Kekana’s family, friends and admirers during this difficult time.

Limpopo Premier Chupu Stanley Mathabatha described Kekana as a music icon.

“Our province is under a dark cloud as we mourn the death of our beloved musician of the caliber of Steve Kekana. He remains an inspiration for us and for people with disabilities. His dedication and love for music is living proof that nothing is impossible in life.

“Our sincere condolences to family, fellow musicians, friends and fans, I wish the Almighty will give us strength during this difficult time. Your pain is our pain,” said Mathabatha.

(With contributions from the South African government press release)