Unathi Msengana Biography
Unathi Msengana (née Nkayi) is a South African singer, actress and radio personality best known for hosting shows on youth station YFM and Metro Fm’s drivetime show, with Glen Lewis. She also known for co-hosting the third season of the reality competition Popstars, in 2004 alongside Rowan Cloete.
In 2011, she replaced Mara Louw as a judge on the M-Net reality competition Idols. She is the co-owner of Lucky Bean Media- a creative company that develops and produces ideas in the visual medium, specializing in reality television production, branded content and commercials.
Unathi Msengana Education
Unathi undertook her high school studies at Victoria Girls High School. She has been a student at the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands where she studied International Media Studies and her degree. She also went to Rhodes University, Grahamstown South Africa where she studied Journalism and Drama.
Unathi Msengana Age
She was born on 6th November 1978, in Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, South Africa. She is 40 years old as of 2018.
Unathi Msengana Parents
Unathi grew up in the UK because the Apartheid government would not let her parents and forefathers be educated above a senior certificate qualification.
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She was married to DJ Thomas Msengana, popularly known as Bad Boy T since 19th September 2009 till their separation 2017. The actress confirmed their split during a TV interview on eNCA. When asked if her and her husband where still together Unathi said “no we are not” she however says they are in a good space because they are family. The estranged couple has two children together.
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Msengana is a mother of two: a son Sinako and a daughter Imbo.
Unathi Msengana Media Career
She attended the auditions for the music show ‘Castle Loud’, which aired on SABC 1 and luckily got the job due to her journalism background to become one of the producers on the show. She has also been a radio DJ at Metro FM in 2007. On SABC 3, she co-hosted the third season of Pop Stars.
Unathi Msengana Acting Career
Unathi is the first African to voice a character in the series ‘Doc McStuffins’ as well as in a Disney Junior character. She is the voice of ‘Rita the Cheetah’ in the second season of the award- winning Disney’s hit entertainment series.
Unathi Msengana Career in music
Zola asked her to join him in studio and see how things would go, because he used to hear her singing in the corridors at Urban Brew. By the end of the evening they had recorded the song ‘Usana Iwam’ which became the beginning of her career.
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Her song ‘Sgubhu’ features on the soundtrack for the Academy Award winning movie “Tsotsi”.
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Unathi has been an advocate for leading a healthy lifestyle over the past few years. Growing up, she had no weight problems as a South African hockey and first team squash player. When she added a busy work schedule and two babies, weight management was no longer easy.
During an interview on Real Talk With Anele, Unathi reflected on how women would openly flirt with her man. The flirting and negative comments she received made the list of top three reasons for losing weight. “Rock bottom was not the comments or the disrespectful women who just threw themselves at my man, it was being two digits away from triple digits. I couldn’t have that,” she said. When she looked at the scale and noticed that she was two digits away from 100kg, she decided to get into gear and change her lifestyle.
She has since lost over 30kg and shares her weight-loss journey with fans on social media.
Unathi Msengana Songs
- Kwa Nolali
- Let Him Be
Unathi Msengana Awards
- 2005: Most Promising Woman in Media suring MTN Media Awards
- 2005: She was among the top ten people in media according to the Star Newspaper
- 2004: Top ten people in media according to the Star Newspaper.
- 2003: She won the Song of the year during the Metro FM Music Awards.
- 2003: Best dressed artist award during the Metro FM Music Awards.
Unathi Msengana Philanthropy
In 2013, during the University’s first fundraising event in Johannesburg she made a generous donation, freely volunteered her time to help organise the event and entertaining everyone on the night with her performance. In October 2014, she organised a concert at the Sttler’s Monument to raise more funds for student financial aid.
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Unathi live performance_Kwa Nolali
A live performance of her song Kwa Nolali at the Top Arena in the Carnival City alongside Karyn White
Unathi Msengana Interview
What was your childhood Ambition?
Unathi: I had varying ambitions depending on how old I was. I wanted to be a
Lawyer and found out how much reading that entailed. That deterred me. I wanted to be a Sports’ Manager but my dad said I had to go to university and at the time that course wasn’t offered at universities.
Who influenced your life?
Unathi: My parents have been and still are my greatest guides. In an incredibly graceful manner they have raised our family across borders, hemispheres and continents and yet still possess a profound humility and understanding of fulfilling ones purpose.
Your educational background and life in varsity/ your life in the public domain and in your private space?
Unathi: Education has been and continues to be a huge theme in my life. I’m not a book worthy intelligent person but have had to develop a diligence which is associated with setting goals and achieving them. Both my maternal and paternal grandparents sacrificed not seeing my parents for over a decade because they truly believed in the power of education. We grew up in the UK because the Apartheid government would not let our parents and forefathers be educated above a senior certificate qualification. This is why we were based in the UK and both my parents after having not seen their parents for over a decade, returned permanently to South Africa to bury their fathers respectively.
My middle name is Fundiswa and as I mentioned before, I don’t think I’m particularly smart. I was just tremendously affected by my family’s circumstance and the sacrifice of my forefathers.
It is because of this I understand the importance of making my work more important than my private life in the public domain. It’s just how I’ve been raised.
Your first job?
Unathi: The best job ever, I worked as a cashier at Makro in Port Elizabeth from the age of 16 to when I graduated and moved to JHB. I would work on holidays. Truly character. Holding and FUN. At the same time that I was a cashier, Tazz the actor was a packer and Zolani, lead singer of Freshly Ground was at receptions. Truly, fun times.
How do you keep fit?
Unathi: I have fun. I change my routine. Don’t work out for longer than an hour. It’s usually 30 min. I support my training with a good diet so it doesn’t become a burden. I do it with friends and girlfriends and keep it new.
Whiskey or wine? why?
Unathi: Wine. Whiskey makes me do some very weird things. I think coz of my training I’ve become a light drinker. Whiskey has become way too heavy. I could handle it in my 20’s though. I’m a red wine kinda lady.
What is your source of happiness?
Unathi: The fact that I can choose it at any given time. It’s always there waiting to be picked. Easier said than done though. But definitely doable.
What in today’s society is a cause of concern?
Unathi: That we forget that bad things happen when good people sit and do nothing. We often more and more sit and watch things happen and don’t exercise compassion in the name of ‘It’s not my business’. It’s a dangerous state of just letting things go slowly by slowly.
What are you passionate about?
What is your ultimate driving force?
What can you not do without in a day?
Unathi: Conversations with God
What are your biggest achievements?
Unathi: Raising my babies
What are your biggest disappointments?
Unathi: I try not to dwell on them as just disappointments. Cheesy I know.
If you were not in this particular career, which career would you be in?
Unathi: I’d be a house executive. Family is so beautiful.
Radio or Television, why?
Unathi: Both. I was born to do both.
How religious are you?
Unathi: I’m extremely spiritual. I’ve been recently obsessed with a doccie series by Morgan Freeman ‘The Story Of God’ Energy and the understanding of it by humans fascinates me. I also know I am just a mere mortal in this enormity called life which keeps it all magical. I need magic.
What could you have done better in life ?
Unathi: I’ll only know that at the end of this life.
In your next life what would your career be?
Unathi: Professional hockey player for South Africa.
Top 5 things to do before you retire?
- Play with the Gorillas in the DRC.
- Witness the great migration in Kenya.
- Take my kids to the Vic Falls, Zambia side. Sorry Zim but I want them to be in it.
- Go back to the pyramids in Cairo and pray again.
- Dance with the Massai
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Unathi Msengana gives fans taste of new music
Published: 28 August 2018
It was the culmination of months of hard work that saw Unathi Msengana’s fans gather to celebrate her new album at the Lyric Theatre recently‚ where the Sonini hitmaker gave a two-hour performance. Fans braved the cold weather to show their support for Unathi and her latest musical effort‚ Unathi: Brave‚ True and Strong.