Xhosa rap extraordinaire, iFani, is a breath of fresh air to the South African Hip Hop industry. Highly talented both as an MC and a rapper, iFani’s entry into the market has been a chart topping one. With his unique look and lyrical ability, iFani made sure he would not go unnoticed and has had the public in awe since releasing his first single Ewe.
Born in Mthatha and raised in the Port Elizabeth locations of New Brighton and Motherwell, iFani today is known as the hilarious, witty, punchline-master and overall creative MC from the Eastern Cape.
iFani’s career path was not always music. As a University of Cape Town BSc (Hons) Computer Science & BSc (Computer Engineering) graduate, iFani started off in the corporate world where music was something he did on the side. From 2005 to 2009 iFani was an underground rapper who went from battles to cyphers to releasingmixtapesand heading to Hip Hop shows around the country.
It wasn’t until 2010 where iFani lost someone very close to his heart and within a short space of time found himself in hospital after a nasty care accident, that he decided to take a new route in life. He felt that life was too short not to be doing what he absolutely loved which was music. The rest as they say is history.
Hype Magazine listed iFani as Number 1 on their Top Unsigned Hype List (2009)
Club 808 selects iFani as their first Boxfresh artist 2011
“EWE” was chosen as one of 2011’s Best Music Videos by SABC 1’s Live
“See Live” caught Sony Music Africa’s attention & got iFani signed in 2012
“See Live”was nominated for “Best Song of 2012” by the South African Hip Hop Awards
South African Hip Hop Awards name iFani as their Best Freshman 2012
“Shake” debuted on Club 808’s Chart at Number 1 in September 2012