Nathi’s biography, net worth, fact, career, awards and life story

IntroSouth African musician
Is Singer 
From South Africa 
Type Arts 
Birth 23 December 1982, Mthatha, King Sabata Dalindyebo Local Municipality, OR Tambo District Municipality, South Africa
Age:37 years
Star sign Capricorn
Afro pop music

Nkosinathi Mankayi (born 23 December 1982), professionally known as Nathi, is a South African singer-songwriter and artist. He shot to limelight upon the release of his critically acclaimed song titled “Nomvula” off his triple-platinum debut studio album Buyelekhaya. He later released his second album titled Umbulelo Wam on 28 October 2016. He is presently signed under Ghetto Ruff/Muthaland Entertainment, a South African independent record label.

Early life

Nkosinathi Mankayi was born among five siblings to a single mother in Mthatha, a small town in Eastern Cape, South Africa. He grew up in Maclear, Eastern Cape, South Africa where he had his education and developed an interest in music and drawing. In 2006, Nathi was sentenced to 8 years in prison for a 2002 robbery-related crime. He was however released after serving 4 years.


2008–2014: Early beginnings

With the aim of pursuing a career in music, Nathi competed and won a local music competition known as “Dare to Dream”. He had his share of luck in November 2014 after Vusi Nova heard him sing and insisted on featuring him on a song titled “Noma Kanjani”, a song that was widely received and went on to receive massive airplay around South Africa. He has one child born in 2017 and a sister who is also a singer.

2015–present: Buyelekhaya and Umbulelo Wam

Nathi started recording his debut studio album titled Buyelekhaya in late 2014, releasing “Nomvula” as its lead single in 2015. Upon the release of the song, it became an instant hit, winning the “Best Selling Full-Track Download” at the 22nd South African Music Awards. On 10 March 2015, through Muthaland Entertainment, Nathi released Buyelekhaya to critical and commercial acceptance by going platinum within six weeks of its release, selling over 128,000 units. At the 22nd South African Music Awards, Nathi won five awards with Buyelekhaya winning the “Best-Selling Album of the Year” and “Best R&B / Soul / Reggae Album” categories.

On 28 October 2016, he released a 12-track sophomore album titled Umbulelo Wam. The album charted on #2 on iTunes and sold over 35,000 units.


Studio albums

TitleAlbum detailsPeak chart positionsCertificationsSales
  • Released: 10 March 2015
  • Label: Muthaland Entertainment
  • Format: CD, digital download
45x Platinum8,000,000
Umbulelo Wam
  • Released: 28 October 2016
  • Label: Muthaland Entertainment
  • Format: CD, digital download
Iphupha Labantu
“—” denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.


Awards and nominations

YearAward ceremonyPrizeWork/RecipientResultRef
201615th Metro FM Music AwardsBest African Pop Album BuyelekhayaWon
Best Male AlbumNominated
Best New ArtistHimselfNominated
Best R&B Single“Nomvula”Nominated
Song of the YearWon
22nd South African Music AwardsAlbum of the Year BuyelekhayaNominated
Male Artist of the YearHimselfWon
Newcomer of the YearWon
Best R&B/Soul/Reggae Album BuyelekhayaWon
Best Selling AlbumWon
Best Selling Full-Track Download“Nomvula”Won