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South African Jazz Legend Dorothy Masuka Has Died

She was 83 years old.

South African/Zimbabwean veteran jazz musician Dorothy Masuka has been reported death by a number of South African publications.

According to TimesLIVE, Masuka had been suffering from complications related to hypertension after suffering a mild stroke last year.

"She was in the comfort of her home surrounded by her children and grandchildren," family spokesperson Fortune Hute was quoted by the paper as saying.

Masuka's career started blossoming in the 1950s. Just like many artists of her time, her music touched on the injustice black people faced in South Africa during apartheid, among other topics. She found herself in exile in Zambia in the '60s. The exile lasted for 31 years.

The artist was born in Zimbabwe to a Zimbabwean father and South African mother.

Some of her most popular songs include "Hamba Nontsokolo," "MaGumede," "Khawuleza," "Suka Lapha," "Five Bells" and a whole lot more.

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May her soul rest in peace.

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Ayra Starr & Kelly Rowland Connect For Ultra Sultry "Bloody Samaritan" Remix

"I've always been a huge fan of Kelly Rowland, and when this came up, I could barely keep in the excitement," mentions the young Mavin Records star.


Ayra Starr has joined creative forces with Kelly Rowland to create a remix of her "Bloody Samaritan" record. The Mavin Records artist has been putting effort into her craft, and her recent collaboration with Rowland is an indication of her growing musical prowess.

Connecting with Rowland, who is a music icon, is another step in the right direction for the young Afro-pop star. The initial release of "Bloody Samaritan" was a well-received record that amassed over 60 million TikTok views and was also featured on BBC Radio's 1Xtra—the remix is equally as enjoyable. Although it retains the sound of the original song, it has its unique ambiance, which fuses elements of Afrobeats, Afro-pop and smooth R&B.

Starr continues to rise in the global music scene and her recent collaboration with Spotify has the potential to skyrocket the musical influence of the newcomer globally. Artists like Starr are increasingly pushing the envelope as it relates to collaborating with bigger names in the music world, which was something that was not as rampant a few years ago. While discussing the collaboration, Starr shared her excitement about the record and her admiration for Rowland.

"I've always been a huge fan of Kelly Rowland, and when this came up, I could barely keep in the excitement! While recording this, Kelly made me feel so comfortable and relaxed, something I really appreciate," said Starr. "She was super amazing! and I was able to hold my own alongside a legend, and I can't wait to share this new music with you all!"

Although Ayra Starr is one of the youngest artists in the Afro-pop world, she has already been making a solid impression among fans and music analysts. In an NME piece, the publication described Starr as “the teen leading her generation’s sonic revolution.” Her stage presence, confidence, and overall "je ne sais quoi" essence have proven that the Gen-Z pioneer is ready to continue to put her name and genre on the map.

Listen to Ayra Starr and Kelly Rowland's "Bloody Samaritan" remix below!

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