Popular South African music legend Steve Tebogo Kekana has died. The 63-year-old legendary singer and songwriter, who was multi-talented, defied the odds, and became a lawyer and radio Presenter despite being blind, passed away today the 1st of July 2021 following an illness. Reports from South Africa reveal that Kekana died from pneumonia at Kopanong Hospital in Vereeniging.
Kekana lost his sight at age five, and attended a school for the blind in Pietersburg. During the school years, he nurtured his love for singing, and became a member of amateur groups during the teenage years.
In 1979 and 1980, Kekana won what was then known as the SABC Black Music Award for best male vocalist. Kekana’s Raising My Family was a big hit in Europe in 1980. In total, Kekana has recorded more than forty albums. His songs “The Bushman” and “Feel So Strong” (featuring Hotline) were hits on the Springbok Radio Chart (the semi-official South African chart of the time) reaching number 13 and number 6 in 1982 and 1983 respectively.
He has worked with the likes of Ray Phiri, Nana Coyote, Joe Nina and Hotline featuring PJ Thandeka Powers.
Steve Kekana is a university graduate with B Juris and LLB degrees. He was also an Advocate and a lecturer in Labour Law at the University of South Africa. Radio54 African Panorama extends heartfelt condolences to the Kekana family and the entire African music industry. May His Soul Rest In peace.
By Eric Knight