Khulane Morule is awarding winning Motswako rapper who is popularly known by his stage name Khuli Chana.
Khuli Chana was born on the 27th August 1982 in Mmabatho, North West Province. His love for rapping was evident from a young age. He was a member of hip hop duo group called HazzadazzMove with Kay-G.
Khuli Chana would later join the hip hop group Morafe in 2005.
The group Morafe was made up of Khuli Chana, Kay-G and Towdee. The group was signed to Ghetto Ruff Records and released two albums and then Khuli Chana decided to go solo.
In 2009 Khuli Chana released his critically acclaimed debut solo album “The MotswakOriginator”. Khuli Chana said that his Motswako sound was inspired by his “big brother” Prof Sobukwe, who is largely credited as being the pioneer of Motswako music.
Khuli Chana’s album “The MotswaOriginator” had hits like No More Hunger and who can forget the smash hit Freshe.
Khuli Chana won the Best New Comer Award at the Channel O Music Video Awards.
His song No More Hunger from the album was used in Action Aid South Africa’s Hunger Free Campaign.
The successes of the album lead to Khuli Chana releasing an extending play of the album “MotswakOriginator Deluxe Edition” in 2011.
In 2012 Khuli Chana released his second album titled “Lost In Time.” The album was a huge success as well. He featured artist such as Reason, Stoan, Kay-G, Towdee and AKA.
The album also boasted many hit songs such as WannaBeez, Mnatebawen and Tswa Daar.
Lost In Time won the Best Collaboration award at the 2012 South African Hip Awards, as well as the 2013 Metro FM Music Awards.
At the 2013 South African Music Awards he won Album of the Year, Male Artist of the Year and Best Hip Hop Album.
In 2013 Khuli Chana released a reworked version of Lost in Time titled “Lost in Time Hape Le Hape Remix Edition”. It included bonus tracks such as “Sleepwalker Ft. The Parlotones” and “Hape Le Hape 2.1 Ft. Magesh and Da L.E.S.”
In 2014 Mnatebawen won Best Hit Single and Best Music Video at the 13th Annual Metro FM Music Awards, while Sleepwalker won Best Music Video at the 20th Annual South African Music Awards.
Khuli Chana was also nominated for Best International Act at the Black Canadian Awards. He also opened for international artists such as Kendrick Lamar, 2 Chainz and Big Sean.
After his 2012 Lost In Time album Khuli Chana wouldn’t release another album for 7 years.
What Happened To Khuli Chana?
In 2013 October Khuli Chana’s car was reportedly fired on by the South African Police Services (SAPS) after he allegedly failed to stop at a police roadblock. He was said to have been mistaken for a person who was wanted for kidnapping a Bedfordview man the previous day.
Khuli Chana was on his way to a performance and was reportedly driving a similar car to the suspect the police were looking for.
The reports do have some discrepancies especially about the number of times the police fired at his car. With some reports stating it was 6 times, while other reports stated it was 9 times.
Discrepancies aside the reports do conclude that Khuli Chana was hit in the finger which caused him to lose control of his car and crash into an embankment.
Khuli Chana launched a civil claim against the SAPS which was estimated to be over R2 million. The police refused to pay the amount‚ despite apparently originally agreeing to the settlement.
He took the matter to the Johannesburg High Court and an out-of-court settlement was reached, and the cops apologised.
A statement at the time by Khuli Chana read “While Khuli Chana accepts that this process has weighed heavily on his mental and emotional health‚ he has been sustained by the support of his family‚ friends and fans. He has accepted an apology from the SAPS.”
“I am thankful to be alive. Justice has been served. I want to put this behind me and focus on the future and my music‚ which I want to be my greatest legacy beyond this trauma.”
Speaking to Cassper Nyovest on the “Family Tree Mansion” podcast. Khuli Chana said after that incident his life changed.
“Everything after that SAPS saga took a left turn. But there were some blessings there as well. The Absolute journey was f**ken amazing. I got to travel the continent, doing shows in Angola, Kenya and Ghana. I was rolling solo, just me and white people. It was like that for like a minute.”
“I could feel something was missing. The streets made me and the thing that made me up there wasn’t doing the things it was supposed to do anymore. But I missed the streets though. It took me a while to connect with the music and the streets again,” he told Cassper Nyovest.
During his time away from making music he did venture into business. He founded Mythrone Records.
The Mythrone Records about section reads as follows:
“Mythrone Records is a Music Hub for innovative and ground breaking sound. Home to Khuli Chana, KayGizm Soulsinger & Maglera Doe Boy.”
In 2019 November Khuli Chana released his third album titled “Planet of The Have Nots” to mark his much awaited return to releasing music.