Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture, Nathi Mthethwa has paid tribute to the late musical maestro Steve Kekana saying he was a complete and balanced human being.

Steve Kekana passed away on Thursday at the age of 62 due to COVID-19 complications. Mthethwa says he will miss working with Kekana, especially on a number of projects trying to bring relief to artists during the coronavirus pandemic.

“When we came up with the idea of relief funding for creatives and athletes he is one of the people I interacted with and I asked him to be part and parcel of the process of adjudicating this relief. I knew that with him there [project],  he would whole heartedly represent the aspirations and interests of artists,” says Mthethwa.

Nathi Mthethwa pays tribute to Steve Kekana:

Meanwhile, former Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, Advocate Michael Masutha, who went to school with Kekana, says he was a role model.

“The fact that he was able to change course in his career right in the middle of it and pursue something different go through the motions until he finally qualified, six years of study when you are already an established musician that he just showed that is it never too late to change cause in life whatever it is that life presents to you.”

Tributes pour in for the musician:

Kekana lost his eye sight at the age of five. He worked with famous musicians like PJ Powers, Ray Phiri and Joe Nina. The legendary musician recorded more than forty albums.

Friend and fellow musician, Joe Nina shares more on his passing: