Rasta Shares Portraits of Zahara with Emotional Tribute Amidst Criticism
Controversial Zimbabwean-born artist Lebani Sirenje, aka Rasta The Artist, recently paid a heartwarming tribute to the late songstress Zahara.
Bulelwa Mkutukana, known by her stage name Zahara, passed away on December 11th last year. She was buried on December 23rd in her hometown of Phumlani, Eastern Cape
Rasta’s Regret and Tribute to the Late Singer Zahara
Rasta reshared his paintings dedicated to Zahara on his Instagram page, accompanied by a heartfelt message honouring the late star.
In the post, Rasta expressed regret that he hadn’t painted Zahara while she was alive, believing she would have appreciated the artwork, capturing her essence as a guitar-playing musician connected to her roots
Rest @zaharasa wish I painted you when you were still alive you would have loved the painting, as it depicts the girl you were in country and lands you played a guitar. To my life when it was broken.. sohlangana✌🏽 kwelizayo,” he captioned the pictures.
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Controversy and Criticism: Rasta Faces Backlash Over Portraits of Zahara
This heartfelt tribute comes after Rasta faced public criticism when he initially presented the portraits of Zahara during her funeral service. Many online users expressed dissatisfaction with Rasta’s paintings, citing issues with accuracy and resemblance of his renditions of the late musician.
Despite facing backlash previously, Rasta remains an artist known for his distinctive style, often showcasing his renditions of local icons, both living and deceased. His unconventional approach has sparked discussions and debates on social media, drawing both praise and criticism from various quarters.