By Ason Joel Lwanga
South African International Star Kekana passed on, on Thursday at the age of 63 due to COVID-19 related complications.
Following news of his passing, the arts icon has been remembered and celebrated not only for his contribution to South Africa’s music industry but also to academia.
Born in Zebediela, Limpopo, on 4 August 1958. The late singer and songwriter raised the province’s flag high on numerous occasions through his passion for music and education.
The Limpopo premier’s office said Kekana remained an inspiration and a role model to the people of the province.
“A memorial service, organised by the Limpopo Artist Movement, will be held on Tuesday at Library Gardens in Polokwane. The burial is schedules to take place on Thursday in Zebediela outside Polokwane. Behind the scenes engagements by government are continuing to accord the late Steve Kekana a befitting burial.” The premier said.
The late had produced more than 44 albums in his career and collaborated with many artists like PJ Powers, the late Hugh Masekela, Joe Nina, Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse, late Jabu Khanyile to mention a few.
He holds LLB and B Juris degrees. He was recently appointed lecturer of law at the University of South Africa (UNISA).
During his life and career, The late singer won numerous awards, including the SABC Black Music Award for the best male vocalist in 1979 and 1989 and the South African Music Awards Lifetime achievement award in 2018.