Khaya Mthethwa

Khaya Mthethwa is a South African musician, singer-songwriter, composer, arranger and multi-instrumentalist. He rose to prominence after winning the 8th season of Idols South Africa, his win meant became the very first black person to with the South African version of Idols.

Khaya Mthethwa
Born Khayelihle Nkosinathi
November 25, 1987
Umlazi, Durban
Known As Khaya Mthethwa
Education Varsity College
Occupation Musician
TV Personality
Genre Afro Soul
Gospel, R&B
Since 2012 – to date
Label Universal Music
Associated Acts Heavy-K
Israel Houghton
Joyous Celebration
Lebohang Kgaphola
Xoli Mncwango
Agent Unknown
Website Unknown

Khaya Mthethwa was born Khayelihle Nkosinathi Mthethwa in Umlazi township in the south of the city of Durban in the KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa.

He is the son of Bhekithemba ‘Themba’ Mthethwa (father) and Pastor Lulu Mthethwa (mother) of Umlazi Oasis Fellowship Centre.

His parents founded Umlazi Oasis Fellowship Centre in 1998 and continue to lead it.

Khaya Mthethwa is the eldest of two children; he has a younger brother named Mnqobi Mthethwa.

He was raised in W Section of Umlazi where he had christian and family values were instilled in him, he is also part of his father’s (Themba Mthethwa) preaching team at Umlazi Oasis Fellowship Centre.

He attended Highway Christian Academy School in Pinetown in KwaZulu-Natal.

After matriculating Khaya Mthethwa enrolled at Varsity College to study project management.

He wanted to pursue a career in music after finishing school but his parents were not fully convinced.

He completed his studies at Varsity College and earned a Diploma in Project Management, it is understood that he is studying Theology.

Khaya Mthethwa reportedly started his journey in music when he was ten (10) years old, at the time he played drums.

A year later, at age eleven (11), he began singing in a school choir.

In 2001 Khaya Mthethwa went for formal voice coaching and attended the lessons through 2003.

In the years that followed he joined South Africa’s famed gospel super group, Joyous Celebration.

Khaya Mthethwa reportedly wrote and performed three sings on Joyous Celebration’s sixteenth album, Joyous Celebration 16.

In 2012, the year he was to record his debut solo gospel album and a DVD, Khaya Mthethwa decided to enter the eighth (8th) season of Idols South Africa to his parents doubts, ” I fought with both my parents to a point where we almost didn’t speak for days.

“My father wanted me to focus on my plans of recording my gospel album this year, Khaya Mthethwa was quoted by the Independent on Saturday in June 2012.



Idols South Africa, 2012

In 2012 Khaya Mthethwa entered the auditions for the South African version of the international format show, Idols, which is flighted by M-Net. That season was hosted by ProVerb (Tebogo Thekisho) and judged by Gareth Cliff, Randall Abrahams and Unathi Msengana.

Khaya Mthethwa Idols SAIt has been reported that he did so in order to refined his music talent and expand his horizon by exploring other genres outside of Gospel.

Although at the beginning his parents were not fully behind the idea of him entering Idols, Khaya Mthethwa reportedly enjoyed unconditional support of his family during the run Idols South Africa season 8.

“He [Bhekithemba Mthethwa] is extremely proud. My family and friends are so delighted and supportive, it’s amazing, they have all become my campaign managers, Khaya Mthethwa told the Independent on Saturday in June 2012.

During this period Khaya Mthethwa was widely tipped to go all the way and win the eighth season of Idols South Africa, however, he remained humbled about a looming potential win, “Anything can happen. All I can do and give is just my best, and lean on God who has got me this far, Khaya Mthethwa was quoted.

Khaya Mthethwa and Melisa Allison, 2012 Idols SA FinalistsIn the semi-final or the top 3, Khaya Mthethwa was left with Monde Msuthwane and Melissa Allison; he performed “Down to Earth” by Justin Bieber, “She Will Be Loved” by Maroon 5 and “Super Bass” by Nicki Minaj and earned a lion’s share of the votes – 57.21% – leaving his fellow contestants to fight it out for a remaining 42.79%.

In the final he was left with Melissa Allison; together they performed “No Air” by Chris Brown ft. Jordin Sparks outside of the competition.

Khaya Mthethwa, for the final, performed; “Try a Little Tenderness” by Otis Redding, “The World’s Greatest” by R. Kelly and his own song titled “Move” – this was enough to see him secure a mammoth 80.20% of the votes.



Recording Artist, 2012 – to date

The Uprising - Khaya MthethwaAt the conclusion of Idols South Africa season 8 Khaya Mthethwa had already recorded his hit single “Move”; he later recorded a music video for this song and starred in it alongside Boitumelo Thulo.

In 2012 he released his debut album; a thirteen track album titled “For You” which was released through Universal Music Group.

For You featured “Move”, the hit single he performed at the Idols SA finale, and in that album he worked with the host of that show, ProVerb, on the song titled “Lil Means a Lot” and DJ Clock on “Move AM/PM Deeper Mix”.

In 2014 Khaya Mthethwa released his second studio album titled “The Uprising” through Universal Music Group.




Year Album Record Label Notes
2012 For You Universal Music Group Debut Studio Album
2014 The Uprising Universal Music Group Second Studio Album





Lerato Kganyago and Khaya Mthethwa The LinkIn 2013 Khaya Mthethwa was a choirmaster for KwaZulu-Natal in the first season of the Bonang Matheba hosted Clash of the Choirs, the other choirmasters were; Judith Sephuma (Limpopo), Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse (North West), Thembi Seete (Free State), Winnie Khumalo (Western Cape), Zakes Bantwini (Gauteng) and Zwai Bala (Mpumalanga).

In November 2013 Khaya Mthethwa began hosting a Mzansi Magic music/ talk show, Gospel Alive.

Khaya Mthethwa appeared on numerous shows after winning the eighth season of Idols SA including; SABC 1’s Lerato Kganyago hosted The Link,’s Zandi Nhlapho hosted Cooking Gospel,’s breakfast show Sunrise and’s game show I Love South Africa among others.




Year Title Role Notes
2012 Idols SA 8 Himself Contestant
2013 Clash of the Choirs Himself Choirmaster
2013 – to date
Gospel Alive Himself Host




Personal Life

Khaya Mthethwa was romantically linked to 2012 MTV Base VJ Search finalist turned actress, Nomzamo Mbatha, to a point that there were reports claiming that the pair was engaged to be married.

Nomzamo Mbatha and Jessica NkosiIn the ensuing reporting claims were made that Khaya Mthethwa had paid Lobola for Nomzamo Mbatha and had since changed his mind about marrying her after she cheated.

During this period neither party confirmed or refuted these claims until a while later when Drum magazine reported, “Khaya has broken his silence for the first time saying that the relationship he had with Nomzamo wasnt [SIC] serious. He maintains that the two never came out about the relationship because they knew it was not going anywhere.”

As of January 2015 there are reports claiming that Nomzamo Mbatha and Jessica Nkosi had fallen out because of the discovery made by the former of the close relationship the latter shares with Khaya Mthethwa.

“I’ve known Khaya for a long time and we are friends. Nomzamo knew and was okay with it. Oh my God, I can’t believe this is happening!” The Sunday World quoted Jessica Nkosi.

“I’m so confused. I just lost my sister and I’m not in the right head space for this. I’m not going to say [the allegations about Mthethwa and Nkosi] are true or false. She’ll have to comment on that herself. She’ll give you all those answers. I’m no longer in communication with both of them,” The Sunday World quoted Nomzamo Mbatha.

“I’m not in contact with Miss Mbatha therefore cannot comment on any allegations involving her,” The Sunday World quoted  Khaya Mthethwa.