South African music artist, Makhadzi is just 26 years old but she has already created a niche for herself in the SA music scene. The Tshanda Vhuya hitmaker began singing as soon as she entered her teenage years and before long, she started gaining relevance in the world of showbiz. Today, the Limpopo native has become a household name among music lovers and has pulled off successful collaborations with some of the biggest names in the industry. In addition, Makhadzi has some cool awards to show for her efforts in the industry.
Makhadzi Was Born In the Little Village of Ha-Mashamba Tshivhangani
Ha-Mashamba Tshivhangani, a small village in the outskirts of Elim in Limpopo province, is where the South African musician was born on the 30th of June 1996. Her roots are traceable to Venda, which is among the last black groups to settle in the southern part of the Limpopo River. Makhadzi’s given name at birth is Ndivhudzannyi Ralivhona.
According to her academic history, the lively supernova is an alum of Mukula Integrated School. After completing grade 12, she went on to bag a qualification in the Public Relations field. From what is perceivable, the SA singer is not done with academics as she is currently a student of The South African State Theatre, Pretoria (Africa’s largest theatre complex) studying for a qualification in drama.
She Comes From A Broken Home
There is a dearth of information on the details of Makhadzi’s family life but it is known that her parent’s marriage crashed when she was still very young. However, the reason for their split is not public knowledge just as their names have never been mentioned in the public space. We also don’t know how long their marriage endured but it is common knowledge that their union produced three children; Makhadzi and her two siblings whose identities are also hidden. In the same vein, her sibling’s career paths are not known, but from what is perceivable, they are involved in mundane jobs as Makhadzi appears to be the only celebrity in the family.
Talking about her family in an interview, the SA vocalist said both her mum and dad are doing great, besides, they are happy with the level of success she has achieved in her career. However, the singer omitted to mention whether any of them has moved on with other partners. We only perceived that she keeps in touch with her parents and also provides for them.
Makhadzi mentioned in another interview that she feels caught up in the drama between her mum and dad. Though she said they are proud of what she has become, she also revealed how she was affected by their separation.
Makhadzi is a Product of the Street
After the crash of her parent’s marriage, Ndivhudzannyi Ralivhona ended up with her mum alongside her two siblings. However, when she came of age, the Tshanda Vhuya crooner admits she prefers the streets to spending time with family. The singer said her family was the kind where you don’t expect to get birthday wishes from anybody; thus, she grew up fast and learned to be her own woman early in life.
Describing herself as someone that doesn’t spend quality time with family, Makhadzi revealed that her love for the street distanced her from family life, meaning that her family does not know her well. The ones that actually know her very well are the people who she works with; this is because she spends quality time with her team.
Makhadzi’s Began Working Towards A Music Career At The Age Of 13
According to Makhadzi, she just turned 13 when the burning passion in her had her kicking down every door and maximizing every little opportunity in her tireless effort to launch her career. Without a good platform to start, the aspiring artist had no choice but to take to the street. According to her, she only had five followers when she started. Before long, the number increased to 10 and from 10, she got 20 and it has kept on increasing in that manner.
The Tshanda Vhuya crooner recounted how she would sell her music in front of any retail shop. With time, she began to gain popularity within the locality as people started coming into town just to watch that little girl that usually gives free performances during the weekends. She then began to earn popularity from making wedding songs but in her mind, she always knew that it was just a tip of the greater things to come.
Her Wedding Gigs Takes The Credit For Bringing Her To Public Attention
Within the area where she usually puts up her performances, Makhadzi discovered that there were other upcoming musicians like Pleasure Maja and the late Thabo Seremi doing similar things. With that knowledge, she started striving to stand out by performing her own wedding songs in her native Venda language. In Limpopo, weddings ceremonies are regarded as trendy social events; thus, people noticed her talent within a short time.
A little while down the line, Makhadzi was counted among the local celebrities in the region. Subsequently, she became ubiquitous in all of Limpopo, often present in every wedding in the area, putting up beautiful performances to the admiration of her cheering crowd. Even the singer had to agree that she has indeed come a long way from her days of performing at Taxi ranks while people contributed money for her.
Makhadzi Started Performing On A Professional Level in 2010
Makhadzi first came into contact with professional music in 2010 when she became part of the Makirikiri Musical Group in her capacity as a dancer. With time, she got to learn how to record herself while singing. Her passion for the performing arts drew the attention of a studio’s recording manager who presented her with a juicy offer after witnessing her performance. Since then, the SA native has never looked back.
After she dropped her debut album in 2012, Makhadzi has gone on to release five additional albums, making it six in total. She first tasted fame in 2017 when her hit number Tshanda Vhuya hit the music stands. The track was not just a big hit with fans as it made waves on YouTube where it accumulated over three million views within a short period of time.
In 2019, the music hitmaker signed on to the record label, Rita Dee Entertainment, through which she dropped the album Matorokisi that drew massive attention with tracks like “Matorkisi”, “Riya Venda Mapholisa”, “Tshelede Iya Hana”, and “Ahuna”.
Her 2020 studio album entitled Kokovha (Crawl) came to light on the 16th of October. She featured A-list artists like Mayten, Prince Benza, Mampintsha, Mr. Brown, Jah Prayzah, Gigi Lamayne, Team Mosha, FB, Moonchild Sanelly, Sho Madjozi, and Charma Girl. The singer’s latest effort is a single titled “Mjolo” which came to light on the 5th of April 2021. She featured Prince Benza in another song titled “Ghanama”.
Makhadzi has recently worked with other imprints like Global Soul and Bellionare record labels. Her music career has taken her to other parts of the globe like France, Mozambique, and Zimbabwe. She has done collaborations with the likes of Master KG (Tshikwama), DJ Call Me (Matorokisi), and Monada (Ngaka). The music hitmaker is just 25 years but she has already earned a mention among the music greats in all of South Africa.