South Africa’s Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa confirmed Masuka’s death in a tribute post on Twitter on Saturday night.
“A baobab tree has fallen with the passing of a one of a kind Musician, the legendary Mama Dorothy Masuka,” he wrote alongside a photo of the late singer.
“Her music was the soundtrack of some of our most joyful moments & the light of our souls during our darkest hours.”
Masuka was born in Zimbabwe and was popular throughout the 1950s.
Local celebrities paid tribute to the singing legend on Twitter following the news of her death. Sharing a picture alongside her, ProVerb wrote: “Deeply saddened by the news of the passing of Mama Dorothy Masuka. May her soul Rest In perfect Peace and May her music live on forever.”