Most Influential Venda Creatives.


Writing this second list was quite important to me. We are one of the minority tribes in this country and we don’t have enough representation within the creative and entertainment industry besides Phalaphala FM and Muvhango which aren’t entirely enough representation for us. This article is dedicated to venda creatives that are inspiring many other young upcoming creatives to be dreamers and go-getters.


Makhadzi muimbi, Makhadzi wavho rine is a musical artist and dancer from Limpopo, Venda, Ha-Mashamba. She is by far the best performer to hail from the hills and valleys of Venda. Makhadzi burst into the scene back in 2012 when she was still performing for free at Thohoyandou, Shayandima and outside the Tshakhuma fruit market Spar. She started with albums, “Muvhango“, “Tshinya Ni?” and “Litshani U Ntsala Murahu” with her first hit song, “vhasadzi vha nzhelele” to now being a multi-award winning artist that has released multiple hits back to back and now has an album, “Matorokisi” that certified gold. She is a regular on our television screens and she’s now one of the new faces of Quiteria Atelier.

Fhathuwani Mukheli.

1/2 of the Mukheli brothers, Fhatuwani Mukheli is a visual artists, that recently worked with Sindiso Nyoni in collaboration with Converse for the #CreateAtHome campaign, an entrepreneur that co-founded, “I See A Different You” a creative agency that works with some of the biggest brands that include, Dickies, Diesel, Markham, Consol, Jeep and Castle Lager just to name a few. If you haven’t heard of him or seen his work, You might be living under a rock.

Una Rams.

Born Unarine Rambani, from Limpopo, Venda, Ha-Makwarela is a musical artist that rotate between singing, song-writing and producing. He has a total of three body of works and multiple singles under his name and describes his music as “genre-fluid.” After a couple of releases from “Un-cuss” to “Pink Moon” and finally “Wavy baby” the project that solidified his spot in the South African music industry. Una has worked with Speedsta, Muzi, Zoocie Coke Dope, Thabsie and his brother from another mother Uncle Partytime.


Maitele Wawe is a “fashion cowboy” known by many Pretorians as the founder and director of The Social Market. Maitele is also a recording artist. When Maitele wawe, Thifhe and Sizo were curating a new fashion movement I believe that there was a cultural reset in the South African fashion industry. Their style may have not been your cup of tea, but their influence is undeniable.

Mass The Difference.

Our very own lyrical genius that best describe himself as, “a musician, wordsmith and creative artist.” Mass has been trying to break in the mainstream media for a while until he caught a slightly big break when he got to feature Cassper Nyovest on his “What’s wrong with me” from “Loud Silence 2” his 2018 EP. Mass dropped his new project titled “Falsely Mine” on Monday for his supporters. Make sure you check it out.

Justice Mukheli.

The other 1/2 of the Mukheli brothers, Justice is also a visual artist. He’s a photographer and film director. Justice is described as, “a South African artist and filmmaker who creates commercial and fine arts.” Just like his other half, he has also worked with numerous big brands such as Adidas, Lotto, Nikon, Fader Magazine and Dickies just to name a few. The Mukheli brothers are a creative double-trouble.

Rudzani “Roo” Netshiheni.

Rudzani is the editor of Hype Magazine, a South African hip-hop and anything “culture” related publication that I was firstly introduced to through my brother years ago when he used to buy and collect them. This magazine is the first and number one magazine in South Africa that covers stories mainly about the local hip-hop culture. Artists like Pro-kid, Siya Shezi, H20, F-Eeazy and Molly were some of the artists that were celebrated and shown appreciation on the magazine. Rudzani has done so much “for the culture” in these past few years of him being an editor for the magazine.


The third “Mukheli” on the list, Ndivhuwo Mukheli famously known as Elaine is an R&B singer and songwriter that we got introduced to when she released her debut EP titled “Elements” last year that was not only a local, but an international hit as well. The EP broke a lot of records by being the first project by a South African independent artist to be number one on Apple iTunes R&B/Soul category and number one on all music genres and also reaching a million streams. “You’re the one” the hit song from the EP also became one of South Africa’s newly found love anthems.

Phathutshedzo Makwarela.

I bet you have seen, “written by Phathutshedzo Makwarela” on multiple South African soapies and TV drama credits, well Phathutshedzo is an incredibly talented and skilled multi-awarded screenwriter, producer and co-founder of Tshedza Pictures a production company that brought us The River. Phathu has written scripts for countless South Africa soapies including, Soul City, Muvhango, The river, Giyani: Land of blood, Rockville, and the new tv drama series Legacy just too avoid a long list.

Mizo Phyll.

The most famous rapper in the entire Venda region, Mizo Phyll is one of the pioneers of Venda rap. Him being talented and well known not only in Venda, but in other parts of the country as well allowed many other upcoming and aspiring Venda rappers to dream. We love and appreciate everything you’ve done from aspiring young artists to creating “Venda nga December” a platform for venda artists.

Like I said on the other article, ri shumela venda. Cues “Venda anthem” by Mizo Phyll featuring P, Postman, Bellafonte and T Man Gavin. Aa!

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