Makhadzi Biography & Profile: Real Name, Music Career, Awards, Relationships
Makhadzi is a South African singer, songwriter and dancer known for her dance/electro music style and energetic performances. Some of her popular songs are Murahu, Matorokisi, Kokovha and Ghanama.
Makhadzi Profile: Real Name And Age
Makhadzi’s real name is Ndivhudzannyi Ralivhona. She was born on 30 June 1996, making her 26 as of 21 March 2023.
Makhadzi Early Life And Family
The singer was born in the small village of Ha-Mashamba in Limpopo, South Africa. Her parents separated when she was young, and she stayed with her mother and two younger siblings. Her sister’s name is Murendani Moo Ralebona. Makhadzi completed her grade 12 at Mukula Integrated School.
Makhadzi grew up in a musical family and started singing at a young age. She was inspired by local traditional music and often performed at cultural events and ceremonies in her village.
She started her career at the age of 13 as a dancer for Makirikiri Musical Group. As she got older, she began experimenting with other musical styles, including hip-hop and Afro-pop.
Makhadzi then recorded herself in a studio where she got noticed by Rita Dee Entertainment. She signed a record deal with Rita Dee Entertainment in 2015 at 19.
Makhadzi’s breakthrough came in 2019 with the release of her debut album, Matorokisi. The album was a massive success, with the title track becoming a national anthem and earning her numerous accolades. The album features a mix of traditional and contemporary sounds, with Afro-pop, dance, and hip-hop elements.
The title track, Matorokisi, was an instant hit and became a national anthem in South Africa. Other standout tracks on the album include Madabadaba, Riya Venda, and Tshikwama. Matorokisi was a commercial success, earning Makhadzi numerous awards and nominations.
That same year, she left Rita Dee Entertainment and was signed to the label Open Mic Productions.
She followed up with her second album, Kokovha, in 2020, which also received critical acclaim and cemented her position as one of South Africa’s most exciting young musicians. The album builds on the success of Matorokisi and features a similar blend of traditional and modern sounds.
The album features collaborations with several high-profile artists, including King Monada, Team Mosha, and Mr Brown. The lead single, Murahu, featuring Mr Brown, was an instant hit and dominated the charts for weeks. Other standout tracks on the album include Tshikiripoto and Muya Wanga. Kokovha was also a commercial and critical success, cementing Makhadzi’s position as one of the most exciting young artists in South Africa.
In 2021, Makhadzi dropped African Queen; in 2022, she released African Queen 2.0. She also released her extended playlist (EP), Pain ya Jealousy, in 2022.
Makhadzi Musical Influences
Makhadzi’s music is characterised by its fusion of traditional African rhythms and contemporary beats. Her lyrics often touch on love, empowerment, and social justice themes. She has collaborated with several high-profile artists, including Master KG, King Monada, Penny Penny, Prince Benza, Mr Brown, Jah Prayzah, and DJ Call Me.
Some of the awards Makhadzi has won in her career are:
- Limpopo Music Award for Best Female Artist in 2017
- Four Tshivenda Music Awards for her song Tshanda Iya in 2018
- SABC Summer Song Award for Song of the Year for Matorokisi in 2019
- Two DStv Mzansi Viewers’ Choice Awards for Favourite Artist/Group and Favourite Song for Ghanama in 2022
- AFRIMMA Award for Best Artist, Duo or Group in 2021
- Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Award for Favorite African Star in 2022
- South African Music Awards for Music Video of the Year for Ghanama featuring Prince Benza in 2022
Makhadzi has some businesses besides her music career. Some of them are:
- Kokovha footwear brand, which she started in December 2021 in collaboration with Kicks Sportswear.
- Mavoda body moisturisers, which she launched in 2022
She dated fellow musician and producer Master KG for a long time until they broke up in August 2020. They did not reveal why they split but said they would remain friends and work together.
They rekindled their romance near the end of 2021 and confirmed it by kissing on stage during a live concert.
Some of Makhadzi’s fans were sceptical about Master KG’s intentions and accused him of being an opportunist who only wanted her back because of her fame and success.
In October 2022, Master KG accused Botswana singer Vee Mampeezy of having a relationship with his girlfriend, Makhadzi. In a heated Facebook argument, he wrote, “That boy ke bari and I said it before, and I repeat o bari browski.”
In January 2023, Master KG posted on Facebook that he dumped Makhadzi. He gave no reason for their breakup but said they would continue working together as friends. Makhadzi initially denied the split and claimed it was a typing error by Master KG.
She later confirmed that they had broken up again after she accused him of cheating on her. She posted screenshots of their WhatsApp conversation on Instagram, where she confronted him about his infidelity.