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Sipho Ngwenya

Born: 25 July 1982 (38 years old)
Gender: Male

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Sipho Ngwenya (also known by his stage name Psyfo) is a South African musician and actor best known for his role as Ajax on the SABC1 soap opera Generations, from 2006-2010.

Ngwenya was born and raised in Kimberley in the Northern Cape. He started his schooling at Zingisa Primary, a Xhosa school in Galeshewe, Kimberley then moved to Cape Town with his two younger brothers, Rodney and Wandile, in 1989 where he completed his Grade 2 to 5 learning.

Psyfo moved to Johannesburg in 1995 and attended Rivonia Primary School where he finished his primary school career. At Rivonia, Psyfo was very active participating in sporting activities such as soccer, cricket and athletics. He also took up karate as an extra mural activity.

During this time Psyfo landed his first television job on Kideo Pops, where he was a presenter and was also one of the lead singers on the show.

Psyfo quickly rose to fame as a young star and his next presenting job was Star Search, a talent show which went around the country looking for young musicians, dancers and actors. He presented the show from 1996 to 2000 when it came to an end.

Deciding on which high school to go to was not a tough choice for Psyfo - he auditioned at the National School of the Arts for acting and fine arts and was accepted for both. However, he had to choose one discipline to major in and he chose drama.

Psyfo matriculated in 2001, with full colours for Drama, he then took a year off to intern at A&P Film and Video. While there he gained great insight into what happens behind-the-scenes of a television production.

He was given his first big opportunity as a production manager on a show for kykNET called Sandra op 'n Drafstap, presented by Sandra Prinsloo.

In 2003, Psyfo brought his two skills together and joined the SABC youth block YOTV as both a presenter and producer for his own television show, Hype.

With the show's success, producers of YOTV gave Psyfo the opportunity of a lifetime to present and co-produce the live youth show Wildroom.

Wildroom's popularity afforded Psyfo the privilege to be invited to a few international junkets where he interviewed stars such as Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz and Johnny Depp.

In 2004, Psyfo made the decision to pursue one of his other passions, music. Raised by an opera singer, June Kraus, it was only a matter of time before he would hit the studio and produce his own music.

In high school, Psyfo was part of a rap group called The Benjamins with Sean Pages and Morale, but the group later broke up. Psyfo was signed to Sting Music on a one-year-deal and released his debut single, Don't Be Scared.

Psyfo's self-titled debut album hit stores in 2005 and featured prominent local artists such as MXO, Skwatta Kamp and ProVerb. Psyfo also produced the album himself.

Psyfo's other album releases include Story to Tell (2004), Afterparty (2007) and Music, Love and Fame (2011).

In 2005, Psyfo started his own record label, Sid Records. Under this label, he has produced music for Mandoza (Tsotsi Yase Zola and I'm Sorry), Lebo Mathosa (Dance Tonight), MXO, Jamali, Lulo Café (Keep the Level Low ft Marichan and I Wanna Love You ft Nothende), Mzekezeke (Ubani uMzekezeke), Izinyoka (Njengendoda), DJ Switch (Pickabox ft 985) and DJ Franky (Tonight ft Nandi).

Psyfo's biggest television break came in 2006 when he landed the role of Ajax on South Africa's biggest soapie, Generations. This character was loved by many and took Psyfo's acting career to new heights. After five years on the soapie, Psyfo decided it was time to put all his energy into his music.

Whilst currently focusing his attention on growing his record label, Psyfo landed his own radio show called Lekwafusion on Transafrica Radio. The show first went on air on Wednesday the 1st of February 2012.

In 2013 he joined the cast of the Mzansi Magic drama series Rockville in the role of Sandile Nkambule. He also starred in an episode of the e.tv anthology series Mzansi Love: Kasi Style as Thabo K, a charismatic actor/singer/celebrity.



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