Ntsiki Mazwai Biography: The Iron Lady Of South African Poetry

The South African Street Queen has 15 years in the musical Industry

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Ntsiki Mazwai is a poet, songwriter, and musician with over 15 years of experience in the music industry.

She is well-known for her forthright opinions, which she frequently shares on Twitter and on her podcast, where she presents regular talk sessions.

The poet is frequently involved in debates since she always has an opinion on anything that many people disagree with. She has a knack of stating it as it is without holding back.


Ntsiki Drags SA


Ntsiki is known for expressing her views on any subject, regardless of whether or not others agree with her. Ntsiki chastised people in South Africa by voicing her views on the country's xenophobia.

Ntsiki went on a rant, emphasizing her dissatisfaction with the fact that South Africans are directing their hatred and anger against fellow Africans.

"My South African brothers and sisters, you are confusing me. Why are you fighting other African countries, the Malawians, the Zimbabweans, the Nigerians, when they are getting the jobs that are at the bottom of the food chain."

In an unexpected turn of events, Ntsiki and Pearl Thusi really agree on the same issue.

Ntsiki Mazwai Age


Ntsiki Mazwai was born on the 3rd of September in 1980. She is 41-years-old.

Ntsiki Mazwai Family


Ntsiki Mazwai was born in the Soweto suburb of Pimville. Nontsikelelo Belede Mazwai, the musician's mother, died when she was 11 years old. Ntsiki was raised by her journalist father, DR. Thamsanqa Mazwai.

Ntsiki was raised with her two sisters by her parents, who were both writers and former leaders of the Pan African Congress (PAC). Her older sister, Thandiswa Mazwai, is a well-known vocalist, musician, and songwriter for the music band Bongo Maffin. Nomsa Mazwai, her younger sister, was born in 1996.


Nomsa and Ntsiki did not always agree, and their feuds occasionally became physical. Despite the fact that Nomsa acknowledges that Ntsiki was a wonderful big sister to her, they were never able to find a common foundation on which to build a meaningful connection. Ntsiki, Nomsa felt, was suffocating her most of the time.

Ntsiki will go to any length for her sisters, and she doesn't want anyone to speak negatively about them.

Ntsiki Mazwai Education


Ntsiki began her formal education in Soweto, where she completed her primary and secondary schooling. She ultimately enrolled at IMM and received a Diploma in Marketing as a result of her efforts. In 2002, Ntsiki was already an underground musician while attending college.

In 2014, she attended at the University of Witwatersrand's Wits Business School to study Entrepreneurship and New Creation. Ntsiki has proven to be a scholar, enrolling at Rhodes University to pursue a master's degree in creative writing.



Ntsiki Mazwai Career


Ntsiki Mazwai began her career concentrating solely on beadwork and poetry. Between 2002 and 2005, she usually performed at a pub, where she mostly presented her work.

The poet rose to prominence after the release of uRongo, which served as her entry point into the music industry as a solo artist. Ntsiki's magnificent recital voice was complemented with her singing delivery.

The poet began his career as a poet, yet he never stopped singing. Throughout, Ntsiki continued to write and recite poems. She became well-known with the publication of her first book, Wena, a collection of her poetry. She tackled the conventional shifting of society in her book, which concentrated on socioeconomic progress.

Ntsiki went on to produce the MaMa Said Sessions, which took place in Gauteng's Roodepoort Theatre. Ntsiki made the most of her time as a producer by focusing on her songs and preparing for the release of her debut album.

The New album centered on the freedom of those movements as a revolutionary, a black consciousness activist, and a radical feminist.

She performs her art both locally and internationally, and she has been hailed as a pioneer for combining poetry and house music. This has become a tradition in South Africa, where performers prefer to recite while listening to gentle house music.

Ntsiki feels that her expertise of art and entertainment will enable her to bring entertainment and literature together.

Her discography includes the following songs:

Ntsiki Mazwai Awards & Nominations


Ntsiki has won honors for her artwork and has been praised for her beadwork, which she began when she was a small child. She has won accolades for her poetry and radical feminism, demonstrating her willingness to take risks.

2014 - LGBTI award for using Art for Social Issues.
2014 - Most innovative Student (Wits Business School).
2014 - The House of Mobu – Beadwork Range.
2013 - Golden Circle youth award for community service.
2008 - Ma Miya – Spoken Word at SAMA.

Ntsiki Mazwai Poems


Ntsiki Mazwai is regarded as one of South Africa's most talented poets. She combines her poetry with music with the hopes of bringing literature and entertainment together in one spot.

Ntsiki Mazwai Controversy


On Twitter, Ntsiki has voiced her thoughts on a number of topics. She's been known to express her strong feelings on celebrities like Bonang Matheba, Cassper Nyovest, AKA, and others.

Ntsiki is well-known for engaging in social media debates. She is primarily concerned with issues affecting South African women, youth, and socioeconomic development.

She takes jabs and hurls them at anyone who dares to disagree with her. In 2019, she communicated with the users listed below, and as is customary, Ntsiki made sure she was the last one to speak.

She fired shots at the celebs listed below.

LeeAnne Manas

Ntsiki has made it clear that she isn't a fan of Morning Live host LeeAnne Mana on multiple occasions. This time, her tone was misinterpreted as a racist slur, and it landed her in hot water with her boss, Moja Love.

Bonang Matheba

Ntsiki has made it clear that she dislikes media mogul Bonang Matheba on numerous occasions. She's appeared at a number of events and has frequently expressed her feelings about Bonang on social media.

"It's going to pain you when I tell you that Zodwa is a stronger force than Bonang because what do you have when you take Woolworths away from Bonang?" You can't take anything away from Zodwa. Ntsiki wrote, "She will continue."

Pearl Thusi 

Pearl Thusi, the Queen Sono star actress, was in another battle with Ntsiki. Ntsiki was tugged along Pearl's thread, but the poet wasted no time in returning the clap to Pearl Thusi.

Pearl, on the other hand, later opted to quit the conversation and shared,

"Yazi, you'll be taking care of your own affairs. Then there's Ntsiki, who appears out of nowhere and is a hilarious yazi. Bless her humiliation, man."

This generated a discussion about colorism, which Ntsiki coined "Light Skin Privilege." Ntsiki was then trending for quite some time as a result of the discourse she sparked.

Moja Love


Ntsiki was previously hired by Mzansi Magic's Moja Love on DStv. She made her television debut as a host on Moja Love's chat show Show Me Love, where she stayed for the entire season.

"Actually Moja love did nothing for me to be honest and it used to irritate my audience that I couldn't speak freely. Everyone started paying attention to me the moment I stopped at Moja love, and I became a trend every three days. Let's be honest about it." Ntsiki responded after being dragged multiple times by Twitter users. 

President Cyril Ramaphosa 


Ntsiki Mazwai issued an open letter to South African President Cyril Ramaphosa in response to the Covid-19 outbreak.

The poet didn't waste any time in releasing the letter in which she chastised Ramaphosa for the 21-day lockdown and said that he has never been held accountable for a lot of things, including the "Marikana atrocity," according to her.

She further wrote, "You have a tendency of putting money ahead of your own people. You have a tendency to appease the white master at the expense of your people. You will never be able to rationalize why you're a billionaire in such a poverty-stricken country and we can't point to anything you have created," 

People were able to express their feelings about the 21-day lockdown thanks to Ntsiki's open letter, which provided a platform for them to do so. Some people agreed with her, but others harshly criticized her message, accusing it of being disrespectful of the country's pandemic.

Not only did the public respond, but Thami Mazwai expressed her displeasure with the message, calling it "shocking" and "uncalled for." The former journalist and anti-apartheid campaigner expressed his surprise on social media.

Many people wonder if there would ever be a moment when Ntsiki does not have an opinion to offer on anything and everything. Ntsiki is a well-known poet, and as The Queen of South Africa Streets, she continues to grow her brand as a speaker and to safeguard the nation's pride.

The poet has in the past also directed her claws towards MoFlava, Thuso Mbedu, Julius Malema among others.


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