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Bhekumuzi Luthuli

KwaZulu Natal, KwaMaphumulo [South Africa]


Bhekumuzi Luthuli (13 July 1961 – 7 April 2010) was a well known South African Maskandi musician. Born in Kwa-Maphumulo, near the Kwa-Zulu Natal town of Stanger, he started making traditional Zulu music on a home-made guitar. In the early 1980s, he joined the Mbaqanga band Oshimi, based in Durban. After two albums with the group, Luthuli embarked on a successful solo career. His second and third solo releases, Unembeza and Wongikhonzela Enhliziyweni, won OKTV awards, and were followed by another 17 albums. Impempe attained platinum status, selling over 50,000 copies.

After 23 albums with over a million sales, in February 2010 Luthuli released Imali YabeLungu. This reached gold status in just one week and the title track won a SATMA 2011 award in the category of best song.

Luthuli died aged 48 at McCord Hospital, Durban,after struggling for several weeks with the after-effects of a stroke. He was posthumously nominated for the 2012 18th South African Music Awards in the categories of Male Artist of the Year and Best Traditional Music Album for his last release, Isipho (Gift).

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