Msaki Biography & Facts

Msaki Biography & Facts

Msaki, born Asanda Lusaseni Mvana on December 31, 1988, is a talented South African composer, singer, and songwriter who has left an indelible mark on the music scene. Hailing from East London, her journey into the world of music began at a young age, thanks to the influence of her DJ father and music composer grandmother. As a child, she immersed herself in musical activities, setting the stage for her remarkable career in the industry.


Asanda Lusaseni Mvana

31 December 1988 (age 35)

East London, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Alma mater Rhodes University (MFA)
  • Composer
  • Songwriter
  • Singer
Musical career
Origin Johannesburg
Genres Indie Folk
  • Vocals
  • Guitar
Years active 2008–present
Labels One Shushu Day Artistry

During her college years, at just 20 years old, Msaki joined an alternative rock band, marking the beginning of her musical odyssey. She later became a guitarist and lead vocalist for various musical groups, including the electro-experimental band Johnny Cradle and the duo Kate and I. Her musical pursuits led her to attend a music school in North Carolina, USA, in 2012, further honing her craft and expanding her horizons.


In 2013, Msaki established her own record label, One Shushu Day Artistry, and released her debut Extended Play (EP) titled “Nal’ithemba,” showcasing her talent as both a performer and a producer. The EP garnered attention and laid the foundation for her subsequent success in the industry.

Her breakthrough came with the release of her debut solo studio album, “Zaneliza: How The Water Moves,” in 2016. The album received critical acclaim, earning her accolades such as the Gold Award First Place at the Cape Town Fringe and nominations at prestigious award ceremonies like the South African Music Awards.

Msaki’s musical prowess and captivating vocals caught the attention of audiences beyond South Africa’s borders. She collaborated with renowned artists such as DJ Prince Kaybee on the chart-topping song “Fetch Your Life” and Kelly Khumalo on the hit single “Undithatha Kancinci.” Her collaborations and solo projects continued to showcase her versatility and creativity, earning her widespread recognition and acclaim.



  • Nal’ithemba (2013)
  • Zaneliza: How The Water Moves (2016)
  • Platinumb Heart (2021)

Collaborative albums

  • Synthetic Hearts (2023) (Msaki and Tubatsi)


Here are some of her notable tracks:

  1. “Fetch Your Life” (with Prince Kaybee) – This chart-topping collaboration with DJ Prince Kaybee became an instant hit, topping iTunes Dance charts and capturing the hearts of fans with its uplifting beats and empowering lyrics.
  2. “Pearls To Swine” (featuring TRESOR and Kid X) – A soulful and introspective track, “Pearls To Swine” showcases Msaki’s emotive vocals alongside TRESOR and Kid X, weaving a poignant narrative of resilience and self-discovery.
  3. “Imfama Ziyabona” – Released in 2016, “Imfama Ziyabona” is a mesmerizing fusion of traditional African sounds and contemporary beats, capturing the essence of Msaki’s musical style and lyrical depth.
  4. Mntakababa” (featuring Kabza De Small and Focalistic) – A standout track from her double single release, “Mntakababa” combines Msaki’s soulful vocals with the infectious rhythms of Kabza De Small and Focalistic, creating a dynamic and irresistible sound.
  5. Own The Future” (with Goodluck, Shekhinah, and YoungstaCPT) – A collaboration with fellow artists, “Own The Future” is an uplifting anthem that encourages listeners to embrace their power and shape their destinies.
  6. Amandla” (with Sun-El Musician) – Msaki’s collaboration with Sun-El Musician delivers a powerful message of strength and resilience, underscored by captivating melodies and lush production.

In addition to her musical endeavors, Msaki made her mark on television screens as a guest judge on Idols South Africa, demonstrating her multifaceted talent and passion for the arts.

Msaki’s journey in the music industry serves as an inspiration to aspiring musicians, highlighting the importance of perseverance, creativity, and staying true to one’s artistry. With her soulful melodies and profound lyrics, she continues to captivate audiences and leave an indelible imprint on the world of music

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