Kenny Mathaba
South Africa
Influences: African
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Kenny Mathaba is a solo music artist from South Africa performing as guitarist, sings and plays two other instruments that are scarce in South Africa i.e. chromatic harmonica, blues harmonicas and the hawaiian steel guitar.

Current music releases, the first one is titled: "Sisonke" an afro Fusion instrumental song played on the classical acoustic guitar, the second one is titled: "Khorapshin" a vocal song addressing corruption where he also plays chromatic harmonica. Both songs are available for streaming and download on most digital platforms.

Previous background: Kenny Mathaba has an extensive career as a member in different SA music bands such as The Mad Dogs, The Black Hawks, Tulips, The Twi - Lights, Ozila, Malopoets, Ray Phiri, Jonas Gwangwa, Hugh Masekela, Mirriam Makeba, Babsy Malangeni & The All Rounders, Mpharanyana and The Afro Peddlers, Patience Africa, Blondie and Spank, Anton Goosen, Richard John Smith, Lionel Pieterson, Letta Mbuli and Chaiphus Semenya.

In the early years he worked as a cabaret backing musician to artists such as Mara Louw, the late Ben Satch Masinga, Retsi Pule, Taliep Pieterson, Loli Peterson, Sophie Mgcina, Sofia Foster, Terry Fortune, Joy, Abigail Kubheka, Lebo M, Papa and Bondie, Pam Mashinini.

Overseas artists he worked with are: Shirley Brown, Clarence Carter, Beth Neilson Chapman and Timmy Thomas.

Major Recordings credited on:
1. Life saver ( I'm suffering) - Ozila
2. Wola Wola - Ozila
3. Shayela Phansi - Ozila
4. Too late for mama and Black President - Brenda Fassie
5. Black to the Future and Sixty - Hugh Masekela
6. Morwa - Jonas Gwangwa
7. Ingoma - Thandiswa - Mazwai
8. Mkhaya Lo - Jabu Khanyile
9. Into Yami - Ringo Madlignozi
10. Mapantsula (the movie)
11. Clarence Carter - Live in Johannesburg

2023 BVSM Lifetime Achievement Award
2003 SAMA Awards Best adult contemporary nominee
2003 SONY SA GOLD DISCs for co producing Jonas Gwangwa - A Temporary inconvenience and Sounds from exile
2003 NBI Best Promising Business idea phase one winner