Mthunzi Namba is one of South Africa’s most prolific producers. Born in Kwa Mashu, a township in Durban, where he was raised in a musical family.
His older brother was a music professor and as a young boy, Namba participated in several drama activities and performances in and around Durban.
Namba met Jabu and Lindelani during concerts held around Durban and they formed a friendship that grew to what it is today.
After matriculating, Namba went to the University of Zululand to study music, majoring in piano, voice and composition.
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After graduating, he worked at the Transkei Education department as a lecturer while also pursuing his music career. He worked as a songwriter and producer for artists like Benjamin Dube, Jabu Hlongwane, Margaret Motsage, Family Factory as well as Joyous Celebration.
He also released a collaboration album called Sweetwater/Amanzimtoti with well-known American producer, Loris Holland and Joy Fame singer Felicia Marion.
Namba got his big break when he was recruited by New York based label, Blue Mountain Records to be an in-house producer, songwriter and vocal arranger and worked with the likes of Kelly Price, Melonie Daniels, Lynnette Hawkins-Stephens, Valerie Boyd and many others.
After his stint in the United States, Namba returned to South Africa where he worked for SABC Radio Zulu where he served as a music producer and announcer.
He was then offered the position of A&R manager for Sony Music and worked alongside his friend, Lindelani Mkhize. During this time, he had a hand in producing records for staple artists such as Hugh Masekela, Sibongile Khumalo and the Family Factory.
In 1995, Namba and his two friends Hlongwane and Mkhize came together to form Joyous Celebration – a musical platform that aims to spread the gospel through worship music.
Namba acted as a songwriter, producer, and co-director and was responsible for scouting, developing and nurturing raw talent like Ntokozo Mbambo, Nqubeko Mbatha and Swazi Dlamini to mention just a few.
Namba has established himself as one of the trailblazers of contemporary gospel music in South Africa and as a solo artist, he has released six albums over two decades. In 2019, after a long hiatus, he released his single, “He’s Working On Me,” where he collaborated with American Grammy winner, Hezekiah Walker.
Beyond the Music
Outside of entertainment, Namba has his hands in construction and property development. He also is the pastor of the His Glory Worship Tabernacle which is based in Durban, where he currently lives with his wife and two children.