Sun-El Musician
Birth nameSanele Sithole
Born (1989-03-28) March 28, 1989 (age 31)
Mooi River, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
  • Disc Jockey
  • Songwriter
  • Music Producer
Years active2011–present
  • El World Music
Associated acts

Sanele Sithole (born March 28, 1989[1]), better known by his stage name Sun-El Musician, is a South African disc jockey, music producer and songwriter.[1][2]

He rose to fame in 2016 after he released his single "Akanamali", which peaked No.1 on Shazam.[3][4] His debut album Africa To The World, released in 2018,[5] with singles "Ntaba Ezikude", "Bamthathile", "Sonini", which certified doubled-platinum by RISA.

Life and career

Sanele Sithole was born in the town of Mooi River, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, along with his four sibling and raised by a domestic worker.[6][7]

He attended the University of KwaZulu-Natal & dropped out in 2007.

I don’t even know what the heck I was studying. All I know is it had something to do with science, computers, and electronics.

K. Makena,

2018:Africa to the World

On May 21, 2017, he released his debut single "Akanamali" featuring Samthing Soweto, which became successful commercial went platinum and peaked #1 on Shazam chart in South Africa.[8]

"Sonini", "Bamthathile", "Ntab'Ezikude"; doubled-platinum on Recording Industry of South Africa & "No Stopping Us" featuring S-Tone went gold.[9]

CHECK THIS ALSO:  Nandy Biography
Following year on June 2, 2018 his single earned him 3 awards at 24th South African Music Awards. Africa To The World was nominated at 25th South African Music Awards, on June 1, 2019 & was certified gold by Recording Industry of South Africa (RISA) on September 9, 2020.

2020:To the World & Beyond

"Uhuru" is the first single released second studio album To the World & Beyond followed by "Ubomi Abumanga" featuring M.Saki released May 29, 2020.[10]"Into Ingawe" was released in June 2019 & certified Gold later it Double-Platinum (RISA).[11][12][13]


Studio albums

  • Africa to the World[14]
  • To the World & Beyond[15]

Awards and nominations

Year Award Ceremony Prize Result Ref.
2018 24th South African Music Awards Collaboration Won [16][17]
Highest Airplay Song Won [18][19]
Highest Airplay Composer Won [20]
2019 25th South African Music Awards Record of the Year (Sun-El Musician featuring Simmy and Lelo Kamau - Sonini) Won [21][22]



  1. ^ a b Makena, K. (2020-05-12). "Sun El Musician bio: age, real name, girlfriend, family, songs, album, awards". Briefly. Retrieved 2020-11-20.
  2. ^ Musician, Sun El. "Sun El Musician mixes for GeeGo". Retrieved 2020-11-20.
  3. ^ "'Akanamali' by Sun-El Musician is the No.1 most Shazamed song in SA | | YOMZANSI". September 1, 2017.
  4. ^ "Interview: Sun-El Musician Is Going 'To the World & Beyond'". okayafricasite.
  5. ^ "Sun-El Musician's 'Africa To The World' Album Knocks Hard". okayafricasite.
  6. ^ Dayile, Qhama. "Singer Sun-El Musician going from broke to hugely successful". Drum. Retrieved 2020-11-20.
  7. ^ "10 Things You Do Not Know About Sun-EL Musician". SA Music Magazine. 2018-01-30. Retrieved 2020-11-20.
  8. ^ Witness, Mandisa Jacobs, The. "Music is his life". Witness.
  9. ^ " - Your favorite newspapers and magazines".
  10. ^ "Sun-EL Musician Announced New Msaki Featured Song "Ubomi Abumanga" And Release Date »". May 20, 2020.
  11. ^ "Sun EL-Musician x Ami Faku's Into Ingawe goes Double Platinum". SA Music Magazine. May 19, 2020.
  12. ^ "Sun-EL Musicain x Ami Faku - Into Ingawe, Goes Double Platinum". May 21, 2020.
  13. ^ "Ami Faku & Sun El Musician's Hit Into Ingawe Now Double Platinum »". May 20, 2020.
  14. ^ "S-Tone: Meet the muso Sun El Musician thinks could be the next big thing". TimesLIVE. Retrieved 2020-11-20.
  15. ^ ""To the World and Beyond Album". iminathi. 2020-12-03. Retrieved 2020-11-20.
  16. ^ "Sun-El Musician, Joyous Celebration big winners at first night of Samas". SowetanLIVE.
  17. ^ "2018 Collaboration of the year Nominee : Sun-EL Musician ft Samthing Soweto – Akanamali".
  18. ^ "All the winners from SAMA Awards 2018".
  19. ^ "Samas 2018: All the winners". Channel.
  20. ^ News, Fakaza (June 2, 2018). "South African Music Awards 2018 - Full List of Winners #SAMA24 | Fakaza News".
  21. ^ "2019 Collaboration of the year Nominee : Sun-El Musician – Sonini".
  22. ^ "All the 2019 SAMA nominees".
  23. ^ Mathebula, Kwanele. "2019 SAMA Record of the Year nominees | Bona Magazine".
CHECK THIS ALSO:  Sinach Biography