Makhadzi Biography updated 2023
Makhadzi was born on the 30th of June, 1996, Ndivhudzannyi Ralivhona, popularly known by her stage name as Makhadzi (meaning Aunty), is a South African singer-songwriter and dancer. She is very popular for her major hit songs “Tshanda Vhuya” and “Matorokisi”.
Family & Beginnings
Makhadzi grew up in a little village called Ha-Mashamba Tshivhangani, where she was also born. The town is located just outside Elim in Limpopo province. She grew up in a disadvantaged family of unemployed parents. Makhadzi and two of her siblings lived together with their mother following her parents’ divorce. Then she was determined to become an excellent example for her younger ones as she is the eldest of the kids. Her grandmother played a huge role in her upbringing.
She finished her grade 12 at Mukula Integrated school. Makhadzi graduated with a degree in Public Relations, and she proceeded with her studies by studying drama.
At 12, Makhadzi took her dancing skills more seriously in 2010 when she joined the Makirikiri Musical Group to become a professional dancer. She, later on, began to develop a passion for singing.
One beautiful day, she made a move that she never knew would turn her into who she has become today by playing around in a recording studio while she recorded herself singing. The recording manager in charge of the studio at that time saw the talent in her and believed she could do great if given the opportunity. He then presented her with the chance to explore her talent in his studio.
Makhadzi composed and produced all the songs on her albums. In addition, she released a major hit song titled Zwigevhenga on the 9th of March, 2012. Makhadzi has released six studio albums to date.
Her first album, titled Muvhango, was released in 2012. The album became very big but being a determined soul set out to be an excellent example for her younger ones. She managed her studies and her growing musical career at the same time. As a youngster, Ndivhudzannyi explored her musical talent outside her little village and country by taking trips to places like France, Zimbabwe and Mozambique to perform.
Ndo Tshinyani (2013)
In 2013 she followed up her debut album titled Ndo Tshinyani (What did I do wrong), an album based on deep family problems that South Africans well received because it painted a story they could all relate to.
Litshani U Tsala Murahu (2014)
In 2014 she dropped her third studio album, Litshani U Tsala Murahu, which has the hit song Vhasadzi vha Nzhelele. The song helped her achieve another significant milestone in her career. As a result, she grew bigger across the shores of South Africa and expanded her brand into countries like Zimbabwe, Botswana and Lesotho.
Muhwalo Uya Ndemela (2015)
In 2015 Makhadzi got herself a major record deal when she signed with Rita Dee Entertainment and began to fade out the youthful look branding that she was famous for. She was the youngest artist in the Limpopo area when she released her first album. With her new record label, she rebranded herself as a more mature-looking music artist. While she was already in grade 12 in 2015, she dropped another album, Muhwalo Uya Ndemela, with the new brand image. Muhwalo Uya Ndemela got selected for SATMA in 2015.
Yo Shoma (2016)
In 2016, when she dropped another major 5th studio album, Yo Shoma, it instantly became one of the country’s most significant projects. The album was nominated and won FAME SA awards in two categories: Best Female Artist and Tshivenda Best.
Shumela Venda (2017)
In 2017 she then released her much anticipated 6th Studio album titled Shumela Venda. The album carried hit songs like Dj Wa Vhorine and Tshanda Vhuya. The album was so big that she became the Queen of Venda that she is today.
Shumela Venda (2018)
In 2018 she went totally international and took the African continent by surprise when she released big songs like Jola Kule featuring Master KG and Makobodo, which remains some of the biggest songs released that year. As a result, she won four major awards at the Tshivenda Music Awards 2018.
Makhadzi continues to make music as she keeps breaking her boundaries. Still, she made magic in 2019 when she released a song titled “Tshikwama”, which gained more popularity as it became one of the biggest songs in her country and all over the Southern part of Africa. Everything then changed for the talented singer.
Also, in 2019, she followed up her major release with another song titled “Matorokisi”, which took South Africa by storm. Life gets better and better for the singer.
Makhadzi instantly became a household name, and she started getting invitations to feature on songs with some of the most prominent music artists in the country, including Durban-based Kwaito singer and record label owner DJ Tira on a record titled “Riya Venda”, which also enjoyed significant radio airplay and topped charts for a couple of months. She has since been featured on different major songs like Siyabagqilaza by Tipcee. In addition, she has worked overtime with artists like Rabs Vhafuwi, Sho Majozi, Master KG, Candy Tsamandebele and many other big names.
2019 was the best year for Makhadzi. Makhadzi took all the advantages her success brought her, and one of the moves she made was to release her Album titled Matorokisi on the 1st of November 2019. The album was received with love and rave reviews by South Africans and some other African countries, with most songs on the album taking over major charts for weeks. The album attained the number 2 spot on iTunes/Apple Music South Africa and stayed in the top 5 for three days.