Khuli Chana

Khuli Chana (Khulani Morule) is a South African hip hop artist famed for his debut solo album The MotswakOriginator. He first came into the spotlight as one half of the hip hop duo, HazzadazzMove, with Kay-G (Kgaugelo) and later became a member of a hip hop group, Morafe, with Towdee (Lerothodi) and Kay-G.

Khuli Chana
Born Khulani Morule
North West
South Africa
Known As Khuli Chana
Occupation Musician, Rapper
Record Producer
Genre Hip Hop, Motswako
Since 2003 – to date
Label Mythrone Records
Associated Acts Morafe, Reason
Ishmael, AKA
Kay-G, Towdee
Agent Unknown
Website Unknown

Khuli Chana was born Khulani Morule in Mmabatho in Mafikeng in the North West province of South Africa. He was raised there (Mmabatho, Mafikeng) by his mother.

Khuli Chana, on several occasions, has mentioned his “big brother” Prof Sobukwe who is a pioneer of Motswako music. However in one interview he referred to American rapper as a big brother he “never had” and in another he referred to Hip Hop Pantsula (HHP) as a big brother he “never had” – creating a confusion as to whether or not he has a big brother or not.

Khuli Chana was initially a member of a hi hop duo, with Kay-G. He came to prominence when he formed a hip hop group, Morafe, with with Towdee and Kay-G. The group, Morafe, was originally named The IL Tribe (The Intimate Lyrical Tribe).

Morafe was signed to Ghetto Ruff Records and released two albums; Maruapula: The Anticipation in 2005 and A Ene: The Revolution in 2007.

In November 2009 Khuli Chana released his debut solo album, The MotswakOriginator.

The album spawned hit songs such as;  “Tswakstikem”, “Sthandwa Sam”, “Freshe” and “No More Hunger” among others; and enjoyed radio play.

The album earned Khuli Chana numerous accolades including; Best Newcomer at the Channel O Music Video Awards, Best Song of The Year at the Hype Music Awards, and Best Vernacular Hip Hop Album at the South African Traditional Music Awards (SATMA).

The song “No More Hunger” was featured by Action Aid South Africa in their Hunger Free Campaign music compilation.

Also in 2009 Khuli Chana was among the featured acts on Canadian rapper Drake’s Tour of South Africa.

In 2011 Khuli Chana released MotswakOriginator Deluxe Edition, an Extended Play (EP) of his debut album.

MotswakOriginator Deluxe Edition was accompanied by a DVD where he invited the stalwarts of the Motswako sub-genre to share their thoughts, not only about Motswako, but also about Khuli Chana’s role in it.

Also in 2011 the music video for “No More Hunger” was nominated for the Channel O Music Video Awards in the categories Most Gifted Video of The Year and Most Gifted African Southern Video.

IThe Motswakoriginator Khuli Chanan 2012 Khuli Chana released his second studio album, Lost in Time, to even greater success than The MotswakOriginator.

The album had tracks such as; “Hape Pt1”, “WannaBeez”, “Capunta”, “Ketane” and hit songs “Tswa Daar Ft. Notshi” and “Mnatebawen  Ft KayGizm and Fifi Cooper”. In the album, Lost in Time, Khuli Chana featured South African music heavyweights including; AKA, Reason,  Stoan, Kay-G and Towdee among others.

The album was a subject of critical praise and earned numerous nominations and accolades at various awards, including; Best Collaboration for “Tswa Daar” at the 2012 SA Hip Hop Awards, Best Collaboration for “Tswa Daar” at the 2013 Metro FM Music Awards, Best Hip Hop Album at the 2013 South African Music Awards (SAMA), Best Male Artist at the 2013 South African Music Awards (SAMA) and the coveted Album of the Year at the 2013 South African Music Awards.

Khuli Chana Lost In TimeIn 2013 Khuli Chana released a reworked version of Lost in Time titled Lost in Time Hape Le Hape Remix Edition it included bonus tracks such as “Sleepwalker Ft. The Parlotones” and  “Hape Le Hape 2.1 Ft. Magesh and Da L.E.S.”.

In that year he also performed at the star studded Cape Town International Jazz Festival.

In 2014 “Mnatebawen” won Best Hit Single and Best Music Video at the 13th Annual Metro FM Music Awards while “Sleepwalker” won Best Music Video at the 20th Annual South African Music Awards.

He was also nominated for Best International Act at Black Canadian Awards. Also 2014 Khuli Chana was an opening act for American artists Big Sean and Kendrick Lamar.




Year Title Label Notes
2005 Maruapula: The Anticipation Ghetto Ruff Records Morafe Debut Album
2007 A Ene: The Revolution Ghetto Ruff Records Morafe Second Album
2009 The MotswakOriginator Mythrone Records Khuli Chana Debut Solo Album
2011 MotswakOriginator Deluxe Edition Mythrone Records Extended Play (EP)
2012 Lost in Time Mythrone Records Khuli Chana Second Solo Album
2013  Lost in Time Hape Le Hape Remix Edition Mythrone Records Lost in Time re-release with Bonus Tracks



Other Work

In 2010 Khuli Chana co-founded Maftown Heights, the the annual music festival.

He founded and manages two Johannesburg based music companies, Raux Studios and Mythrone Records.


The October 28, 2013 Shooting

In the early hours on October 28, 2013 Khuli Chana’s car was fired at by the members of the South African Police Service (SAPS), reportedly after he failed to stop at a road block and was mistaken for a person wanted for kidnapping.

IKhuli Chana Shooting Blood Stainst has been reported that at about 8pm (20:00) South African time on Sunday October 27, 2013 a Bedfordview  man was kidnapped in the Ekurhuleni suburb.

The victim’s family received a ransom call shortly after the kidnapping, demanding that they drop off R100 000 at the Caltex petrol station near the N1 highway in Midrand at the New Road offramp.

In a joint Hawks and SAPS operation to rescue a kidnapped Bedfordview man, numerous police vehicles surrounded the station, some parked inside, while others stood guard on the on-ramp leading back to the highway.

Khuli Chana ShootingAccording to provincial police spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Lungelo Dlamini, the Hawks had received information indicating that the kidnapper was driving a grey BMW.

Khuli Chana arrived at the Caltex petrol station in question in his BMW 1 Series, up to that point, the operation had gone smoothly.

He (Khuli Chana) was on his way to Pretoria where he was scheduled to perform.

Lieutenant-Colonel Lungelo Dlamini when Khuli Chana left the petrol station in BMW he failed to stop at the blocKhuli Chana Bullet Holeskade of Bedfordview police vehicles on the N1 on-ramp, prompting police to fire “warning shots”.

“They fired about six shots into his car. One bullet hit  him in the finger. He then lost control of the car and hit an embankment,” Khuli Chana’s manager, Refiloe Ramogase, was quoted by the City Press.

However, according to a Times article titled “Why the odds are against the police paying Khuli Chana R2.3 million”, it states that the police fired at Khuli Chana nine (9) times.

One bullet hit his index finger while the other his the back of driver’s seat and disintegrated, the fragments of that bullet hit him in the back.


  • Lawsuit Against the SAPS

In January 2014 it was reported that Khuli Chana was suing the South African Police Service for an estimated R2.7 million.

A letter of intent to sue was sent to then police minister Nathi Mthethwa.

He also sued for  medical expenses, future loss of earnings, damages, legal expenses and car repairs as a result of the shooting.

The SAPS reportedly also brought a case of attempted murder against Khuli Chana claiming he “tried to kill them with his motor vehicle”.

The case was terminated in September 2014 when the director of public prosecutions declined to prosecute Khuli Chana following a public apology tendered by the police, and the withdrawal of charges against Mduduzi Mfundisi Nzuza and Sam Baloyi – two police officers who were accused of shooting him (Khuli Chana).


  • Lawsuit Against the Police Ministry

As of November 2014 Khuli Chana has since brought a reported R2.3 million lawsuit against the police ministry for unlawful shooting which he says left him with “permanent scarring and disfigurement”, emotional trauma, psychological stress and shock, future medical expenses, and future loss of earning capacity.

And  for “maliciously” claiming he “tried to kill them [police] with his motor vehicle” and instituting an attempted murder case against him.


Personal Life

In July 2013 Khuli Chana’s daughter and first child, Nia Lesika, was born to his girlfriend Asanda Maku.