Lulu and Zonke Dikana. Picture: George Rabe.

Soul singer Lulu Dikana, the older sister of X Factor judge and songstress Zonke Dikana, has passed away last night after a short illness.

The soulful jazz singer had recently launched her new album ‘I Came to Love’ and was currently in the process of promoting it with various shows.

She also opened the Joburg shows for US R&B singer John Legend during his ‘All of me’ tour.

Dikana, who was scheduled to perform at Skyroomlive in Braamfontein on 5 December, was forced to cancel her show after falling ill.

The loss of Lulu comes after the two siblings lost their older sister Busisiwe Dikana last year in May.

Their father Vuyisile ‘Viva” Dikana, who was a respected jazz drummer died in 2009.

Lulu’s record label Sony Music Africa released a statement this afternoon.

An Official Statement from South African Recording division of Sony Music Africa:

Lulu Dikana Passes Away. It is with deep sadness that we announce the unexpected and tragic loss of soul songstress Lulu Dikana who passed away last night after a short illness while being treated in hospital. Our deepest condolences go out to her family, friends and all her fans who came to know and love her through her music.

Funeral details will be made available as soon as these have been finalized. Issued on behalf of Lulu Dikana’s family by @SoundAfrican a division of Sony Music Africa

Tributes are pouring in onTwitter:

Lehasa Moloi ‏@Hasaling 5 – Another legend in the making taken in her prime! I missed her performance when she opened for JohnLegend & really regret that #RIPLuluDikana

IG: BrianTemba ‏@briantemba – Good Morning all. Every other day we wake up 2 sad news. Tomorrow is not promised to us. #livegood #lovewell #RIPLuLuDikana. Sad day 4 music

180 with Bob ‏@180withBOB – It’s always sad to bid farewell to an incredible talent. #RIPLuluDikana. Gone too soon.


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