By Zuko Komisa
Ndivhuwo Elaine Mukheli, born 2 April 1999 in Pretoria, is a South African singer who has had a huge influence on the local music industry. Very few know about Elaine the person, she lets her music do the talking. And it is this mystery that makes her so intriguing.
The Most Streamed Woman Artist in South Africa
Loved by many for her beautiful angelic voice, she has developed herself as an artist to look forward to in the future. In the age of streaming and downloads, Elaine has made her presence felt by being the most popular artist on several platforms. Dubbed one of the golden R&B voices on the continent, this 21-year-old has used her talent to give her audience timeless music suitable to all ages.
Why you need to listen to her EP Elements
Elaine released her debut EP 7-track, Elements, produced by the South African hip-hop duo Elizee and Malach, on September 29, 2019. The EP was so well received on streaming charts that Elaine reached more than one million accumulative streams within two weeks of its initial release.
Her debut music video for “You’re The One” was released in early April 2020 and has been viewed more than 4.6 million times on YouTube, clocking approximately 100 000 views within 24 hours of its release.
3 Thing you need to know about her
- In 2020 her EP, Elements, was nominated for Best R&B and Soul Album at the South African Music Awards (SAMAs)
- Her biggest influences are Lauryn Hill and Beyoncé.
- Elaine was the first South African artist to be part of the Spotify Radar Artist Program.
Watch her full interview with Kgomotso Meso on Elite Nights here