Full / Real Name: Mzayifani Mzondeleli Boltina
Born: 20 November 1985 (36 years old)
Gender: Male



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iFani is a South African rapper who rose to fame with his single Ewe in 2011 and later Shake, both of which received extensive airplay on the DStv music channel MTV Base and Channel O and radio station 5FM.

He was born in Mthatha in the Eastern Cape and went tp Gelvandale High School in Port Elizabeth, where he later matriculated. He studied computer engineering and computer science in Cape Town and worked for a few years as an engineer at SABMiller.

He released his first album in 2013 entitled I Believes in Me (1st Quadrant), which won him the Best Rap Album award at the 20th South African Music Awards (SAMAs) in 2014.

His second album, Believes In Me (2nd Quadrant), was accompanied by a campaign to make it go gold on the first day (20,000 album sales). It was released on 29 April, 2015.

He hosted the SABC1 sponsored reality series Stumbo Stomp amaPantsula, which brings together challengers in a battle of choreographed pantsula moves, in 2014. He was replaced as host for Season 2 by Busiswa Gqulu.

He has been interviewed on ScreenTime with Nicky Greenwall (Season 4, Episode 4, with Lalla Hirayama), partied with Top Billing in Mauritius, performed live on Club 808, been a contestant on I Love South Africa and collaborated with Stethoscope on Jam Sandwich, among many other television appearances.

In 2014 he appeared in the final episode of the reality series Rolling With... in the episode featuring Winnie Khumalo. He also appeared on Late Nite News with Loyiso Gola, where he sang The Morale with Deep Fried Man.

On 2 July, 2015 he appeared on the SABC3 magazine show The Man Cave (Season 3, Episode 3) in which he competed against Lunga Shabalala in the indoor climbing challenge.

In 2015 he was one of the three featured celebrities on the reality series Reality Check, in which he - along with Chomee and Kelly Khumalo - had to do good deeds for charity. He was also the "Kasi Host" of the final episode of the SABC1 docu-series Mi Kasi Su Kasi, which aired on Monday 3 August, 2015.

In early 2016 he was one of the seven "Choirmasters" on the third season of the Mzansi Magic reality competition series Clash of the Choirs, representing the Western Cape province. His team placed third, losing out in a head to head battle with eventual winner JR Bogopa.

iFani collaborated with Francoice Van Coke on the second season of the reality series Coke Studio, appearing in Season 2, Episode 5 on 24 September, 2016.

In October 2016 he began hosting the SABC1 street dance reality series Street Cred, which travels to all nine provinces to find regional street dance winners, who go on to compete at a national level to win the Street Cred prize.


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