Based: East London

Her musical career has always been tied to her educational pursuits. For example, she joined an alternative rock band in the year 2008 in East London while studying Visual Art and Design.

She went on to Grahamstown to study further in the field of Visual Art, which is where she met her husband in 2009. The next year, she was in England, attending the University of Leeds to study Art as an exchange student, which is where she learned how to play the guitar all by herself. When she returned to Grahamstown in 2011, she became involved in the indie music.

In 2012, she was selected from a group of almost 1,000 potential candidates who had applied to go to study music in North Carolina in the United States. This is the point where she made the decision to pursue music as a full-time career. Her genre is folk but she works with artists of other genres.

Msaki label One of the first things she did was set up her own independent record label which she named One Shushu Day Artistry. She is signed to this label.

She put together a collection of songs that she had written over time and released it as an EP (extended play) titled Nali’themba funded by a grant offered by the Corporate Social Responsibility Budget and the production of Cobus van Dyk.

Msaki songs have continued to garner great success since. She is known to make some of the best South African love songs. For example, Love Colour Spin with Mobi Dixon, Springtide with Revolution. Others are Black Coffee ft Msaki Nal’ithemba remix (which was on his album titled Pieces of Me) as well as Tresor ft Msaki Sondela. Tresor and Msaki worked together again on Pearls to Swine, alongside Kid X, which she is currently promoting. Prince Kaybee ft Msaki mp3.

Her nominations turn to wins, with awards such as the 2016 First Place Gold Award for Music at Cape Town Fringe and the 2016 Standard Bank Standing Ovation Award at the National Arts Festival, which was held in Grahamstown.