Pro (South African rapper) Biography

Pro (South African rapper) Biography

Linda Mkhize, born on June 22, 1981, and fondly known by his stage name PRO, was a revered South African rapper and producer. Hailing from Klipspruit, Soweto, Mkhize’s lyrical prowess and unique blend of South African township vernacular and English set him apart in the world of music. His profound insights into township realities resonated deeply, earning him widespread acclaim.

Linda Mkhize

Birth name Linda Mkhize
Also known as Pro Kid
Born 22 June 1981
Soweto, South Africa
Died 8 August 2018 (aged 37)
Johannesburg, South Africa
Genres Hip hop
Occupation(s) Rapper
Instrument(s) Vocals
Years active 1994–2018
  • Gallo Records
  • TS Records
  • MFE Records
  • Ivilik Records
Spouse(s) Tshimollo Mwelase 2010-2018

Life and career

Mkhize’s journey in music began during his teenage years, where he honed his skills in rap battles and cyphers, showcasing his undeniable talent. In 2004, his triumph in an emcee battle competition hosted by Tbo Touch catapulted him into the limelight, securing a breakthrough record deal. His tenure as a co-host on the SABC 1 rap battle competition “One Mic” alongside Big Zulu further solidified his status as a prominent figure in the South African music scene.

Fame found Mkhize with the release of his seminal single “Soweto,” a heartfelt homage to his birthplace. Produced by his long-time collaborator Omen The Chef, the track captured the essence of Soweto’s spirit, resonating deeply with audiences across the nation. This success paved the way for his debut album “Heads & Tales” in 2005, marking the beginning of a remarkable musical journey.


Mkhize’s influence extended far beyond his own music. He played a pivotal role in shaping the landscape of South African hip-hop, earning recognition as one of the pioneers of Kasi Rap. His groundbreaking work opened doors for a new generation of artists, including AKA, Micky m, Red Button, and many others, who drew inspiration from his trailblazing contributions.


  • Studio Albums:
    • 2005: Heads & Tales
    • 2006: DNA
    • 2008: Dankie San
    • 2010: Snakes & Ladders
    • 2012: Continua

Final Days:

Tragically, Mkhize’s life was cut short on August 8, 2018, following a seizure while visiting a friend in Johannesburg CBD. His untimely passing sent shockwaves throughout the country, prompting an outpouring of tributes from media stations and fans alike. Though gone, his legacy as a pioneer of South African hip-hop continues to inspire and resonate within the hearts of music enthusiasts worldwide.

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