Khuli Chana is a talented musician who practices the skill of rhyming in vernacular rap, Motswako. Motswako encompasses elements from various musical backgrounds. It involves street-talk and highly influential messages in Setswana, English and other South African languages. Khuli Chana brings a different flavour and sound, not only to this type of music but also to the Hip-Hop scene. Khuli Chana is not new to the music industry; in the early 90′s he formed a duet with Kay-G called “Jazzzadaz”, he then joined forces with Towdee to form the group, Morafe. His first offering titled The MotswakOriginator was released in November 2009. Khuli Chana also opened the stage for Drake SA tour.
His two singles from MotswakOriginator; “Tswakstikem” and “Sthandwa Sam”, featuring Towdee dominated the airwaves. A remix of the song, “No More Hunger”, was requested by Action Aid South Africa to be featured on their Hunger Free Campaign music compilation which featured artists from around the continent. Khuli Chana took home the Best Newcomer Award at the 2009 Channel O Music Video Awards as well as Best Song of the Year for the track “Tswakstikem” at the Hype Music Awards. Khuli Chana won the South African Traditional Music Award (SATMA) for Best Vernacular Hip Hop album and was nominated for the Channel O Music Video Awards for the Most Gifted Video of the Year Award for his song “No More Hunger” and the Most Gifted African Southern Video in 2011.
Khuli Chana released the MotswakOriginator Deluxe in December 2011. It consisted of his album MotswakoOriginator with two additional songs featuring HHP and Tuks and a documentary that unfolds the history of the Motswako hip hop industry as well his success in the industry.
Khuli Chana’s 6th music video was for his hit single “Tswa Daar” where he selected all 60 extras from his Facebook fan page to be featured in the video. “Tswa Daar” went on to make Khuli Chana the most voted local artist at the 2012 Channel O Music Awards. Khuli Chana was nominated for Most Gifted Video of the Year, Most Gifted Hip Hop Video, and Most Gifted Male Video.
Khuli Chana released his second solo studio album entitled Lost in Time on 16 November 2012. The Lost in Time album, in true Khuli Chana signature style, consists mostly of tracks in "Tswenglish" (Tswana mixed with English), as well as collaborations with some of the industry’s rap giants such as: Reason, AKA, and Zeuz on "Hape Pt1"; HashOne and K.T on the track "WannaBeez"; Nomhlhe on "Capunta"; and the fastest Motswako rapper, Bizz, on "Ketane".
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