Rap music has definitely come to South Africa to stay. This genre of music that began in America as a popular African American music in the 1970s, came to South Africa pretty early, even though it was not popular.
Also known as hip hop, the music has been revolutionized into the Afro hip hop by various African artistes. In the country and other South African countries including Botswana, the genre of music has been remade into what is known as the motswako. In South Africa, the music has been promoted by great acts such as Khuli Chana.
Khuli Chana Biography
Khuli Chana was born Kkulane Morule, in August 1982 in the North West Province town of Mmabatho. It was in that town that he grew up with his mother.
The majority of his life is enveloped in rap music which he began as early as the 1990s. In those times, he joined Kay-G to form a duet, Hazzardazz move.
Soon later, Khuli Chana joined and formed the group, Morafe. The group was made up of three members; Kgaugelo (Kay-G), Khulani (Khuli) and Lerothodi (Towdee), and was first called The IL Tribe (The Intimate Lyric Trybe). Maruapula The Anticipation (2005) was the first album of the group, followed by A Ene: The Revelation (2007). The group was known in its short span for its unique fusion of rap, soul and R and B. The group fused in vernacular into their rap.
He has also had acting experience when he appeared in Rhythm City in 2010.
Cana has a daughter, Nia Lesika, with his long time girlfriend, Namibian born Asanda Maku. The daughter was born in 2013.
Near Death Experience
In 2013, he was in a near death experience when the police fired shots at his car. The South African Police service (SAPS) it was reported, shot at Chana’s car when he did not stop at a checkpoint and they mistook him for a wanted kidnapper.
The incidence which occurred when Chana was on his way to Pretoria for a performance left six bullets into his car. One of the bullets got him on the finger, causing him to lose control of his car and hitting an embankment. The total number of shots fired at him was put at 9, with one hitting the back of the driver’s seat.
Chana got out of the incident with a wounded finger, shaken psychology and with a court case against the South African Police Service. It also left him with a documentary, Picking up The Pieces: The Khuli Chana Story in 2016.
Although Chana is among the early generation of hip hop in South Africa and in fact Southern Africa, his solo career began in 2009. In that year he released his first album; The MotswakOriginator. The album raised his curtain as one of the big things that would definitely happen to hip hop in South Africa. The album which released songs including “Tswakstikem”, “Freshe” and “No More Hunger brought him much accolades.
After The MotswakOriginator, Chana released his second album, Lost in Time in 2012. The album surpassed his first, and confirmed his status in the industry. In 2013 he worked on the album into Lost in Time Hape Le Hape Remix Edition.
In 2015 he released a single with Nigeria’s Patoranking, No Lie, which became a hit.
Khuli Chana has bagged various awards and nominations on both local and international stages, making him one of the most decorated rap artists in South Africa. He has been nominated for awards such as the Channel O Music Video Awards, SA Hip Hop Awards, Black Canadian Awards, SAMA, and MTVBase Africa Music Award.
Among the awards he has bagged are:
- Best New act: Channel O Music Video Awards 2009
- Best Song of the Year: Hype Music Awards 2009
- Best Vernacular Hip Hop Album: SATMA 2009
- Best Collaboration: SA Hip Hop Awards 2012
- Album of the Year: MTN SAMA in 2013 (Lost in Time)
- Best Rap Album: MTN SAMA in 2013 (Lost in Time)
- Best Male Artist: MTN SAMA in 2013 (Lost in Time)
- Best Collaboration: Metro FM Awards 2013
- Best Male Southern Africa: African Muzik Magazine Awards; AFRIMMA (2014).
- Best Music Video: SAMA 2014 (Sleepwalker)
- Best Hit Single: Metro FM Music Award in 2014 (Mnatebawan)
- Best Music Video: Metro FM Music Awards in 2014 (Mnatebawan)
Khuli Chana Age: 34
Marital Status: Single (Has a daughter)
Years in Music: From 1992 to present
Groups: Morafe (former)
Among the best Khuli Chana Songs are: Tswa Daar, No More Hunger, Mnatabawen, and Never Grow Up.