|Intro||South African musician|
|Is|| Singer |
|Type|| Arts |
|Birth||23 December 1982, Mthatha, King Sabata Dalindyebo Local Municipality, OR Tambo District Municipality, South Africa|
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.
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.
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions||Certifications||Sales|
|“—” denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.|
Awards and nominations
|2016||15th Metro FM Music Awards||Best African Pop Album||Buyelekhaya||Won|
|Best Male Album||Nominated|
|Best New Artist||Himself||Nominated|
|Best R&B Single||“Nomvula”||Nominated|
|Song of the Year||Won|
|22nd South African Music Awards||Album of the Year||Buyelekhaya||Nominated|
|Male Artist of the Year||Himself||Won|
|Newcomer of the Year||Won|
|Best R&B/Soul/Reggae Album||Buyelekhaya||Won|
|Best Selling Album||Won|
|Best Selling Full-Track Download||“Nomvula”||Won|