Makhadzi at The Urbab Brew Studios
Makhadzi at The Urbab Brew Studios
Background information
Birth nameNdivhudzannyi Ralivhona
Born (1996-06-30) June 30, 1996 (age 25)
Ha-masia, Limpopo, South Africa
Years active2012-present
LabelsOpen Mic Productions
Associated acts
  • Master KG
  • Mr Brown
  • King Monada
  • Dj Takie
  • Dj Tira
  • Nomcebo zikode
  • Zanda Zakuza

Ndivhudzannyi Ralivhona, known professionally as Makhadzi is a South African singer and musician. Born and raised in Ha-masia, Limpopo, She is best known for her songs "Tshanda Vhuya" and "Matorokisi."

Makhadzi album Kokovha (Crawl) (2020), became one of her biggest successes, debuted number one on iTunes albums charts, containing chart-topping singles: Amadoda, Mphemphe, Kokovha, Tshikwama.[1]

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Pose at her birthday

Early life

Makhadzi[2] was born[3] in 30th June 1996[4][5][6] a small village called Ha-Mashamba Tshivhangani, just outside Elim in Limpopo province. After her parents separated, Ndivhudzannyi and her two siblings had to stay with their mother. She completed her grade 12 at Mukula Integrated School. Ndivhudzannyi obtained her qualification in Public Relations and she is currently studying Drama.[7][8]

Music career

Her career started at the age of 12, used to perform at Taxi ranks, getting money from people's offerings.[9] In 2019, Makhadzi was featured by Master KG on a song titled "Tshikwama", released off Jerusalem album.[10][11]

2019-present: Kokovha (Crawl)

On October 16, 2020, Makhadzi studio album, Kokovha (Crawl) was released in South Africa.[12]The album features Mayten, Mampintsha, Prince Benza, Mr Brown, Gigi Lamayne, Jah Prayzah, Team Mosha, Moonchild Sanelly, FB, Charma Girl and Sho Madjozi.[13]

On April 5, 2021, Makhadzi released a single "Mjolo" featuring Mlindo the Vocalist.[14][15] Later that year she released her record breaking track "Ghanama" where she featured Prince Benza.[16]


Studio albums

  • Kokovha (Crawl) (2020)


In 2018, Makhadzi was hosted on Yo TV for her first television performance.[17] She has since conducted interviews with various radio stations, including Munghana Lonene FM, Phalaphala FM, Nzhelele FM, Makhado FM, Sloot FM, and Capricon FM, where she spoke about her music, life and her hardships.[18] She also appeared on The Morning Show on ETV. Makhadzi was one of the performers at the 2020 DSTV Mzansi Viewers Choice Awards. Her performance was hailed as one of the best performances of the night on social media.[19]

Awards and Nominations

Year Award Category Result Ref.
2017 Best Tshivenda hit Won [20][21][7][22]
2018 TSHIMA awards Best Tshivenda Dance Artist/Album of the Year, Female Artist of the Year,Tshivenda Song of the Year

,Best Tshivenda Artist of the Year

Nominated [23][24]
2021 Mzansi Kwaito & House Music Awards Best Music Video Pending [25]


  1. ^ "Kokovha - Makhadzi | Top Charts". Top Charts.
  2. ^ "Zoutnet | Entertainment | Young Makhadzi's songs unite families".
  3. ^ "Zoutnet | Entertainment | Makhadzi wins yet another award".
  4. ^ "Makhadzi Biography, Songs, Albums, Awards, Education, Net Worth, Age & Relationships »". Ubetoo. 4 February 2020. Retrieved 5 February 2021.
  5. ^ Nkosi, Joseph; MA. "Makhadzi biography, age, profile, awards & background | The Nation". Retrieved 5 February 2021.
  6. ^ Mueni, Priscillah (9 January 2020). "Makhadzi alleges not being paid by her manager: full story". Briefly. Retrieved 5 February 2021.
  7. ^ a b "Songbird Makhadzi promises fireworks at Royal Heritage Festival in Venda". SowetanLIVE.
  8. ^ Leng, Claudio (7 October 2019). "Viral #MatorokisiChallenge sends SA into a frenzy with dance videos". Briefly.
  9. ^ Kekana, Chrizelda (1 September 2020). "Makhadzi on her hectic past, being exploited and singing at taxi ranks". Times LIVE.
  10. ^ "Zoutnet | News | Makhadzi shines at Tshimas".
  11. ^ "Queen of Limpopo dance dance music Makhadzi has come a long way..." Sowetan LIVE. 26 June 2020.
  12. ^ Mbhele, Sandisiwe (16 October 2020). "#Makhadzi is trending for her album 'Kokovha', here's why | The Citizen". The Citizen.
  13. ^ Israel, John (15 October 2020). "Makhadzi Drops "Kokovha" Album". Ubetoo.
  14. ^ "Makhadzi collaborates with Mlindo The Vocalist on Mjolo". Just Nje. 8 April 2021.
  15. ^ Lwandle, Sibusisiwe (5 April 2021). "Ooh Lala: Makhadzi Drops 'Mjolo' with Mlindo the Vocalist". Briefly.
  16. ^ Mike, Steven. "Makhadzi ft Prince Benza Ghanama". ZAPlaylist. Retrieved 8 July 2021.
  17. ^ "Makhadzi grabs most nominations for Tshima awards". SowetanLIVE.
  18. ^ "Zoutnet | Entertainment | Tshima 2019 – All the nominees".
  19. ^ "Makhadzi's performance at #DSTVMVCA 'best for the night'". 1 March 2020. Retrieved 2 June 2020.
  20. ^ "Queen of Afropop's Zwigevhenga is a masterpiece". Entertainment. Zoutnet.
  21. ^ "Makhadzi wows music lovers in France". Entertainment. Zoutnet.
  22. ^ "Makhadzi wins yet another award". Zoutnet. Retrieved 18 November 2017.
  23. ^ "Wedding singer Makhadzi bags four TSHIMAs". Entertainment. Zoutnet.
  24. ^ "Royal gospel and heritage festival launched". Entertainment. Zoutnet.
  25. ^ Shumba, Ano (18 June 2021). "Mzansi Kwaito and House Music Awards 2021: All the nominees". Music In Africa.