Ndivhumo Mukheli, from Pretoria (22) is famously known as Elaine. She was recently nominated for the BET Awards under the “Best International Act” category that took place on 27 June 2021 in Los Angeles, California. She was the only South African artist, who was on the nominee’s list with Nigerian singers, such as Bramsito, Arlo Park, Ronisia, Mc Dricka. Despite not making it as BET winner, her background portrayed her as a phenomenal superstar who is making waves in the international music space.
Unfortunately for her, the winner of the best new international act was snatched by Bree Runway. Elaine was studying at the University of the Witwatersrand, when she released her debut EP ‘Element’ in September 2019, the Ep reached No.1 on both the national iTunes and apple music album charts.
Her achievement made her the first independent female artist to do that She was nominated for the best R&B/Soul album at SA music awards which led to her being signed to Columbia Records in December 2020. She is signed to the record label that is home to some of the world’s biggest artists, including superstars Beyoncé’ and Adele.
It’s alleged Elaine is working on something with Canadian hitmaker Drake after receiving some of his Nocta merch. She replied the rumours by saying “who said I am on Drake’s radar, girl? So to answer the question: Drake is an incredible artist, I love his music and he is also a really big inspiration of mine,’’ Lastly, Elaine has since moved to the US and has been serving her fans with great music, last month she dropped a single titled “right now”.
BY: NTHABISENG MAKHUBELA.