Mduduzi Ncube is a 25 year-old South African singer and songwriter born in 1998 and well-known for releasing popular songs like ‘Isiginci’ and ‘Malokazi’. His wife is Khanyisile Mnguni, a video vixen and model.
Though Mduduzi Ncube was cognizant of his singing talent, he found it hard to break into the music industry. He eventually made headway when DJ Tira gave him a platform to shine on by signing him to his record label, Afrotainment. He released a few singles under the record label before joining Big Zulu’s Inkabi Records in 2020. Since then, he has released several chart-topping singles, including ‘Isiginci’, which has amassed over 7 million YouTube views.
What is Mduduzi Ncube’s Age?
Mduduzi Ncube’s age is 25 years as of 2023 as he was born in 1998 in Hammersdale, west of Durban, KwaZulu-Natal.
Although Ncube had his breakout in the music scene at the age of 21 in 2019, he now serves as the owner of a record label called Blackbird Music, which he launched at 25 in September 2023, along with a clothing brand named Essence.
Mduduzi Ncube’s Early Career Struggles
Since childhood, Mduduzi Ncube has known that music is vital to his life. While in high school, he used to burst into song at his desk or stay in a corner by himself singing. Consequently, his teachers would reprimand him for his behavior, but he never looked back. He later formed a music group of four members with his friends in school, and they used to perform The Soil’s songs at the assembly.
The group disbanded in their matric year, but Ncube continued to focus on music. He even auditioned for SA’s Got Talent and Idols SA but didn’t make it. Though he wanted to study Engineering, he started singing in the streets of Durban after he was given an exemption in Matric in 2017 following two failed attempts. When he realized that his talent wasn’t enough to get him to the top, the KwaZulu-Natal native started performing with his guitar in the streets and on the Durban beachfront.
Ncube taught himself how to play the guitar after his friend, Thamsanqa Moyo, purchased a new guitar and lent him his old one. Amazingly, his performance at different places around town was applauded by many, and some people would throw money on the ground as a means of appreciation. The show of love encouraged Mduduzi Ncube during the busking sessions, and he came to be persistent.
He eventually met videographer Brad Hunter, who uploaded footage of his performance in the street on social media, and it went viral. Afterward, Mduduzi Ncube was invited for an interview at East Coast Radio. People then encouraged him to make efforts to submit his music to DJ Tira‘s record label, Afrotainment, in Morningside. Heeding the advice, the 25-year-old traced the street where the record label was located and started performing outside the gate.
Fortunately, DJ Tira heard his voice and came outside the building to meet him. He offered him a record deal, marking the beginning of Ncube’s rise in the music industry.
What was Mduduzi Ncube’s First Song?
Mduduzi Ncube’s first single was ‘Malokazi’ featuring Berita, which was released in May 2019 along with its music video. Shortly after getting signed to Afrotainment, the Afro-pop singer and DJ Tira began working on a song. The two eventually recorded ‘Malokazi’, and after its release, it garnered positive reviews. More so, the song opened doors of opportunity for the singer-songwriter.
He subsequently performed at several events around Durban, including the Fact Durban Rocks event. In the same 2019, he released his second single titled, ‘Falling’ under Afrotainment. However, in early 2020, things came to a halt following the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic. The lockdown greatly affected Mduduzi Ncube, so he had to return home.
After a while, he decided to jump ship and sent a direct message to Big Zulu on social media. The rap star replied to him, and they started communicating. Big Zulu then asked him to move back to Johannesburg, and he signed him to his record label, Inkabi Records. Soon after, they began recording music that Ncube had written. After several studio sessions, the pair came up with the single, ‘Isiginci,’ which became Mduduzi Ncube’s breakout song.
The song is a beautiful blend of pop, maskandi, jazz, and Afro-soul. While Mduduzi penned the song, Big Zulu gave it a finishing touch by adding a verse, which made it spectacular. Consequently, ‘Isiginci’ peaked at No.1 on the iTunes chart. It also made it to the top two on the Spotify Afro Pop chart and has racked up more than seven million views on YouTube.
Mduduzi Ncube’s Albums
In November 2020, Mduduzi Ncube dropped his debut studio album titled, ‘Istimela’ under Inkabi Records. Meanwhile, he released the first single from the album, ‘Isiginci’ four months prior, and it still ranks as one of the biggest Afro-pop songs in Mzansi. In addition to Big Zulu, the album featured other eminent artists such as Mushiliq, Qwabe Twins, and Coleman.
The 15-track album is a mix of Afro-pop and Afro-soul, and it produced hit songs like ‘Putsununu’ and Isitmela. Ncube has also released many singles and is working on his second album. In 2022, he dropped ‘My Baby Yo featuring Lwah Ndlunkulu and ‘Angsakhoni’. In the following year, he maintained his consistency in speaking his love language in his music with the release of ‘Njalo’.
Furthermore, as one of the Inkabi Records artists, Mduduzi Ncube has been featured in many music projects produced by the record label and tours. In 2022, Big Zulu and the artists signed to his label released the lead single, ‘Voicemail’, from the 12-track ‘Inkabi Nation’ album, and it emerged as one of the best South African songs of 2022. The song also was nominated for two Metro FM Music Awards―Best Duo or Group and Best Afrosoul-Pop, and the crew took home one award.
Mduduzi Ncube’s Discography
- Istimela (2020)
- Malokazi feat. Berita (2019)
- Falling (2019)
- Isiginci feat. Big Zulu (2020)
- Istimela (2020)
- Putsununu (2020)
- Langa Linye feat. Zakwe & Zamo Cofi (2021)
- My Baby Yo feat. Lwah Ndlunkulu (2022)
- Angsakhoni (2022)
- Njalo feat. Mafikizolo (2023)
Is Mduduzi Ncube Married?
Yes, Mduduzi Ncube is married to Khanyisile Mnguni, a video vixen and model. It’s unclear when the couple tied the knot, but going by their IG posts, they have been together for over five years. On August 8th, 2021, Ncube and his wife welcomed a son named Sginci. He is currently 2 years old.
Interestingly, the young couple have worked together on some occasions. For instance, in 2020, when Mduduzi released the music video for his smash song, ‘Isiginci’, he featured his better half as the video vixen.