Powerful, fresh and blessed with an enviable stage presence, poet, musician and women's rights activist, Ntsiki Mazwai also goes by her clan name, MaMiya. Born in Soweto, South Africa, her unique style of fusing her inspirational poems with beats has proved immensely popular.
A powerful and influential voice in the South African spoken word scene, MaMiya has made her presence felt on the South African cultural landscape. Hailing from the underground music movement, MaMiya started her career in pubs and restaurants in Johannesburg in 2002. She was thrust into the music mainstream when her song ‘uRongo,’ a soulful mix of poetry and house music, was the best selling house song in 2005. Her, self titled, spoken word album received a nomination for a South African Music Award for Best Urban Pop Album in 2008. She currently is currently on the road with MaxHoba, an urban soul singer promoting a musical remake of south African literary giant, Dr Don Mattera’s poetry collection, AZANIAN LOVE SONG.