|Born||28 May 1993|
Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape
|Education||Nelson Mandela University|
|Years active||2017- Present|
Amanda Faku (born May 28, 1993) is a South African musician, performer and songwriter. Faku rose to fame as a contestant on The Voice SA in 2017 and began getting recognition in the music industry.
At the age of 6, Faku had developed a strong love for music. She started singing at a house church which her father pastored and is influenced by church, reggae and hip hop. She later started recording music early 2012 where her producer only lived a few blocks away from her house.
Career beginnings (2017-2019)
In 2017, she competed in the TV talent show, The Voice SA, which was her major breakthrough into the music industry. Though she did not win, she was signed by the Vth Season record label.
Following her success on The Voice SA, she launched her debut single titled "Ndikhethe Wena". Faku later worked with De Mogul SA on the song "Ungowam".
She also collaborated with the award winning producer Sun-El Musician on her song titled "Into Ingawe", certified 3x platinum by Recording Industry of South Africa (RISA) followed by her single "Uwrong" went gold certification on Recording Industry of South Africa.
Awards and nominations
|2020||26th SAMA||Female Artist of the Year||Won|||
|Newcomer of the Year||Nominated|||
|Best Afro Pop Album||Nominated|||
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