Khaya Mthethwa (born 25 November 1987), also known as “the PK,” is a South African singer, composer, and arranger. He plays many instruments and is also a music director and record producer. He gained prominence after winning season 8 of the Idol SA reality singing competition, becoming the first black person to claim the winning prize.
Khaya Mthethwa was born on 25 November 1987 in Durban, Kwa-Zulu Natal. He was raised in the coastal city by his parents, who instilled in him Christian teachings and doctrines. His father, Bhekithemba Mthethwa, was a minister at the Umlazi Oasis Fellowship Centre. Khaya and his brother Mnqobi Mthethwa underwent a strong upbringing, with their parents providing guidance and support that strengthened Khaya’s passion for music.
After completing high school, Khaya wanted to pursue music full-time, but his parents were not supportive of the idea. Instead, he furthered his academic pursuits.
Khaya attended Varsity College, where he studied project management. Despite his academic pursuits, Khaya’s love for music remained strong. During this time, he served as the music director for his church choir.
Khaya Mthethwa married Ntandoyenkosi Kunene on 2 December 2017. His wife is a former Miss South Africa beauty queen and winner of a television competition. The couple met and fell in love, deciding to take their relationship to the next level after just three months of dating.
Initially, marriage was not on Khaya’s to-do list, but meeting Ntando changed everything. He fell deeply in love with her and their love resulted in the birth of their son, Oyinkosi Mthethwa.
Before meeting Ntando, Khaya had dated other celebrated personalities in the entertainment industry. In 2015, he was romantically involved with popular actress Nomzamo Mbatha and also dated actress Jessica Nkosi.
In 2012, Khaya was featured as a backing vocalist on Ntokozo Mbambo’s album ‘Filled.’ That same year, he entered the singing competition “Idol SA” for its eighth season. His main reason for participating was to try out a different genre and enhance his musical abilities. However, he proved to be incredibly talented and emerged as the winner after receiving over eighty percent of the votes.
With much enthusiasm, Khaya entered another television competition “The Clash of The Choirs.” He was part of the Kwa-Zulu Natal choir and they emerged as winners.
Khaya is a self-taught musician who plays the keyboard, guitar, drums, and percussion. He writes most of his songs and is responsible for most of the tracks on his first album titled “For You.” In 2013, he became the host of the show “Gospel Alive,” which first aired on November 3rd.
In 2014, he released a live DVD recording titled “The Uprising.” The following year, Khaya became an ordained pastor.
In 2016, he released “The Dawn” and followed it up with “Mkhulumsebenzi” in 2018. He was also part of the musical group Joyous Celebration.
In addition to hosting “Gospel Alive,” Khaya became the host of the BET gospel show “Rhythm” on May 21st, 2017. He also began hosting the Sunday morning gospel show “Gospel Avenue” on SABC1.
Khaya Mthethwa has released many songs throughout his career, including:
- Yesu Wena UnguMhlobo
- Ndenzel’ Uncedo Hymn 377
- Hallelujah Nkateko
- Settle for Less
- Bhekani UJehova
- Zuliphathe Kahle
- Hi Hanya Mahala
- Na Ma Ta
- Hlala Nami
- Tambira Jehova
- Lona Baratang
- Hakuna Zvinorema
- Oska Ntsheba Wa Nnyatsa
- My God Is Good
- Bonang Ho Hlahile Maru
- Namhla Nkosi
- Ntate ke Mang
- Entabeni Ekude
Khaya Mthethwa has received several awards and nominations throughout his career. In 2017, he was nominated for the Live Audio Visual Recording Album at the South African Music Awards (SAMA23). He also received the Best Newcomer award at the 12th Annual Metro FM Awards.
In 2017, Khaya took home the South African Music Award for Best Contemporary Faith Music Album. In 2016, he received the SABC Crown Gospel Awards for Best Gospel DVD. In 2019, he was again a recipient of the South African Music Awards for Best Contemporary Faith Music Album.
Khaya Mthethwa is active on social media and uses the platform to communicate with his followers and share updates on his profession. On 28 November, he shared that he was about to host the 14th SABC Crown Gospel Music Awards, which was to air on SABC2.
On Instagram, Khaya has over 307k followers and over 457k on Facebook.
Khaya Mthethwa is a renowned South African songwriter, composer, and arranger. According to ABTC, he is estimated to be worth $5,000,000.