Khaya Mthethwa Biography & Facts

Khaya Mthethwa Biography & Facts

Meet Khaya Mthethwa, a multifaceted musician and inspirational figure from South Africa. From winning Idols South Africa to becoming a respected pastor, Khaya’s journey is one of talent, perseverance, and faith.

Khaya Mthethwa

Khayelihle Nkosinathi Mthethwa

25 November 1987 (age 36)

Other names The PK
Ntandoyenkosi Kunene

(m. 2017; div. 2019)

Musical career
Origin Umlazi, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
  • Gospel
  • R&B
  • Afro Soul
  • Singer-songwriter
  • director
  • arranger
  • Producer

Pastor at Oasis Church

Years active 2012–present
Labels Universal Music Group (former)

Born on November 25, 1987, in Durban, Kwa-Zulu Natal, Khaya grew up immersed in music and spirituality. Raised in a church environment by his parents, who were pastors, he developed a deep passion for music from a young age.

Following his high school graduation, Khaya faced the challenge of pursuing his musical dreams against his parents’ wishes. Despite their reservations, he remained active in music, serving as a music director for the church choir while studying project management at varsity college.


Khaya’s musical journey gained momentum when he joined the renowned gospel group Joyous Celebration as a backing vocalist. His talent and versatility soon became evident, leading him to explore various genres beyond gospel, including pop, jazz, and R&B.

Idols South Africa Triumph: In 2012, Khaya took a bold step by auditioning for Idols South Africa, aiming to broaden his musical horizons. Against the odds, he emerged victorious, becoming the first black person to win the competition. His victory not only showcased his vocal prowess but also inspired countless aspiring musicians across Africa.

Following his Idols triumph, Khaya continued to make waves in the music industry. He showcased his skills as a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and composer, releasing his debut album “For You,” featuring songs that resonated with audiences far and wide.


Khaya’s impact transcends music. In addition to his musical endeavors, he ventured into television, hosting gospel shows like “Gospel Alive” and “Rhythm and Gospel.” In 2015, he was ordained as a pastor, further embodying his commitment to spreading positivity and faith.

Khaya Mthethwa’s journey serves as a testament to the power of talent, determination, and faith. From humble beginnings in a church choir to becoming a celebrated musician and pastor, he continues to inspire others to pursue their dreams and embrace their unique gifts.

Khaya Mthethwa” top 50 Songs

1. Mkhulumsebenzi
2. Settle for Less (Live)
3. Atmosphere
4. Circle of Life/Nants’ Ingonyama
5. Ushilo Wena
6. I Just Can’t Wait to Be King
7. Igama Lakho
8. Hakuna Matata
9. The Lion Sleeps Tonight (Full Version)
10. Settle for Less / Your Way
11. How Do You Love
12. Our God
13. How Do You Love – Remix
14. Similapha (Live)
15. End of the Story (Live)
16. Settle for Less – Live
17. Only One For Me
18. Makwenzeke
19. Stand For Me Again
20. Kwanele Manje
21. Ngcwele
22. Hhayi Akekh’ Onjengawe
23. Akekh’ Ofana Nawe
24. Coming Out
25. Name Above All Names
26. Ongiholayo
27. This Is Why
28. Lendawo
29. Ngcwele / Your Kingdom Come
30. Hhayi Akekh’onjengawe
31. Bhekani Uthando (Live)
32. Similapha – Live
33. Never Tell Us No
34. You’re Doing a New Thing
35. Settle For Less Your Way
36. Avulekile
37. Our God (Live)
38. Kwanele Manje (Artists In Activism)
39. The Lion Sleeps Tonight
40. Awaken Me
41. How Do You Love (Live)
42. Settle For Less & Your Way
43. Noma Ngihamba
44. This Generation
45. Hayo Mathatha (Live)
46. Outpouring (Live)
47. Circle of Life/Nants’ Ingonyama (From “The Li
48. Ngambulele
49. Incredible
50. Praise Your Name


  • For You (Universal Music Group, 2012)
  • The Uprising (Universal Music Group, 2014)
  • The Dawn 2016
  • All About Jesus 2018


In late 2013 he began hosting the Mzansi Magic religious music talk show Gospel Alive. On 21 May 2017 he started hosting the BET gospel show Rhythm and Gospel and on 25 June 2017 he debuted as the host of SABC1’s Sunday morning gospel show Gospel Avenue.

  • Clash of the Choirs South Africa – Season 1 Choirmaster – KwaZulu-Natal
  • Code Green – Season 1 Himself
  • Cooking Gospel – Season 1 Himself
  • Gospel Alive – Season 1 Host- Himself
  • I Love South Africa – Season 1 Contestant – Himself
  • Idols – Season 8 Winner – Himself
  • Minnie Dlamini: Becoming Mrs. Jones – Season 1 musician-Himself
  • The Remix SA – Season 1 Guest judge- Himself
  • Zaziwa – Season 4 Himself


Khaya Mthethwa’s story is one of resilience, diversity, and unwavering faith. Through his music, leadership, and unwavering commitment to his beliefs, he has left an indelible mark on the hearts of many, reminding us that true success comes from staying true to oneself and embracing one’s passions with conviction

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