Nathi Mankayi

Nathi is the next rags to riches story in the South African music industry. Growing up surrounded by poverty and a seeming lack of opportunities, a single mother who worked as a street hawker raised Nathi and his five siblings. He grew up just like any other kid but he was very special because of his love for art, sport and music.
He natured his art skill over the years and went on to enter the “DARE TO DREAM” competition which was support by the Elundini Municipality (local municipality). He prepared himself, entered the competition and the following year he won first prize.
Through out Nathi’s trial and tribulations, he found four magic letters that describes his music, L.O.V.E, Nathi claims that these four letters have no season nor have they age group limitation.
In November 2014 Vusi Nova heard him sing and insisted on featuring on a song with him. He came from Maclear to JHB to record “Noma Kanjani” with Vusi Nova.

The journey Nathi has travelled hasn’t been an easy one, his story is one of persistence and eventually the realization that hard work and perseverance pays off.