Ntsiki Mazwai Biography: Ntsiki Drags SA, Age, Family, Education, Career, Awards & Nominations, Poems, Controversy - Updated, 1st July 2020

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

By  | Jul 01, 2020, 09:25 AM  | Ntsiki Mazwai  | Top of The

Ntsiki Mazwai is a poet, songwriter and a musician who has been in the music industry for over 15 years. 

She is popularly known for her outspoken thoughts that are regularly shared on Twitter as well as her podcast, where she hosts her regular talk shows.

Ntsiki Mazwai is oftentimes mixed up in some controversy because she always has an opinion to everything which many people do not accept. She has her ways of telling the truth without holding anything back.

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This is Ntsiki's life story. 

Ntsiki Drags SA


Ntsiki is one who's known to speak her mind on any subject and does not care if people agree with her or not. Ntsiki took people in SA to task by expressing her views on the xenophobia in the country. 

Ntsiki went on a rant expressing her disappointment saying South Africans are directing their anger and rage at fellow Africans whereas the real culprits are white people.

"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 a twist of events, that no one saw coming, Ntsiki and Pearl Thusi actually agree on the same thing.

Ntsiki Mazwai Age


Ntsiki Mazwai was born on the 3rd of September in 1980. She is 39-years-old.

Ntsiki Mazwai Family


Ntsiki Mazwai was born in Pimville, Soweto. The musician lost her mother, Nontsikelelo Belede Mazwai at the age of 11. Ntsiki was raised by her father, DR. Thamsanqa Mazwai, who was a journalist.

Growing up, Ntsiki's parents were both writers and once were the leaders of the Pan African Congress (PAC), raising her alongside her two sisters, her elder sister - Thandiswa Mazwai, is a well known vocalist and musician and a songwriter for the music group Bongo Maffin. Her younger sister, Nomsa Mazwai, was born in 1996.

Nomsa and Ntsiki did not always see eye to eye and sometimes their rivalries even got physical. Although Nomsa does admit that Ntsiki really took good care of her as her big sister, they never were able to find that common ground where they were able to build a solid relationship. Nomsa felt that at most times, Ntsiki was suffocating her

Over the years, it seems the two have finally got to the stage where they just can't let go of each and that rivalry is over. The pair are always gushing over each other on the gram.

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Ntsiki will do anything for her sisters and she does not want anyone saying anything negative about either of them.

Ntsiki Mazwai Education


Ntsiki started her formal studies in Soweto where she did both her primary and secondary education. She eventually enrolled at IMM where she graduated with a Diploma in Marketing. During her college studies, Ntsiki was already an underground musician, in 2002.

She again enrolled at University of Witwatersrand and studied Entrepreneurship and New Creation in 2014 at Wits Business School. Ntsiki has shown to be and academic, she went on and enrolled at Rhodes University where she earned her Masters in Creative Writing.

Also read: Ntsiki Mazwai Receives a Rape Threat 

Ntsiki Mazwai Career


Ntsiki Mazwai started her career with a sole focus on beadwork and poetry. She performed between the period of 2002 - 2005 where she mostly showcased her work at a pub.

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The poet started gaining recognition after she released uRongo which became her leeway into the music industry as a solo artist. Ntsiki balanced her delivery of singing with her magical recital voice. 

The poet started growing in the industry, but never stopped with singing. Ntsiki continued writing and reciting poetry throughout. She started being recognised after she released her first book, Wena which is a collection of her poetry. The book focused on socio-economical development, and she also addressed the traditional transitioning of society.

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Ntsiki later produced the MaMa Said Sessions which took place in Roodepoort Theatre, Gauteng. While working as a producer, Ntsiki ensured that she used the opportunity to work on her music and the release of her debut album. 

As a revolutionary, a black consciousness activist and a radical feminist, the album focused on the liberation of those said movements. 

She performs her art locally and abroad and she has been recognised for mixing poetry and house music - as a pioneer. This is an adopted legacy in South Africa, where artists prefer to recite with soft house music as their background. 

Ntsiki believes that through her understanding of art and entertainment - it is something which will bring together entertainment and literature.

In her career, Ntsiki has the following songs: 

Angisakufuni
  • Sneaking and Creeping
  • Qhawekazi
  • Urongo
  • Believe
  • African Skies
  • Wena
  • Sweet Poison
  • Ndingubani
  • Siyabangena
  • Mr No Good
  • Ndinje
  • Some Fathers of These Days
  • Ngilosi Yam’
  • Ode to an Emcee
  • Nina
  • Nguwe
  • Uzobuya
  • Mama
  • Is It Ok?
  • Hurting Me
  • Marika
  • I Choose Life
  • Risen
  • Lixesha
  • Xesha Lam
  • Love in Soweto
  • Ka Nci Nci Mos
  • You

Ntsiki Mazwai Awards & Nominations


Ntsiki has received awards on her art and has been appreciated for her beadwork which she started, while she was a little girl. She has received awards for her poetry and her radical feminism, as she has shown to jump to the forefront. 

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

Ntsiki Mazwai Poems


Ntsiki Mazwai is regarded as one of the best poetry performances in South Africa. She mixes her poetry with music and believes that through this, she will be bringing literature and entertainment in one place.

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Ntsiki Mazwai Controversy


Ntsiki has shared her opinions in a variety of topics on twitter. She has been known to say her vivid thoughts about celebrities such as Bonang Matheba, Cassper Nyovest, AKA and many more.

Ntsiki is well-known for debating with people on social media. She is mostly involved in issues that are about South African women, the youth, socioeconomic development.

She takes jabs and throws them at everyone who dares to differ with her opinion. In 2019, she has interacted with the following users and as usual, Ntsiki made sure she has the last voice.

Shots that she fired at the following names

LeeAnne Manas

Ntsiki has shown on numerous occasions that she isn't a fan of the Morning Live presenter, LeeAnne Mana. This time around, the delivery of her tone was received as a racial slander and it ended up involving her employers, Moja Love.


Bonang Matheba

Ntsiki has at countless times shown that she does not like the media mogul, Bonang Matheba. She has shown at numerous events and has oftentimes shared on social media what she thinks of Bonang.



“It's gonna hurt you when I tell you that Zodwa is a bigger force than Bonang because when you take Woolworths away from Bonang what do you have??? No deal you can take away from Zodwa. She will continue,” Ntsiki wrote.


Ntsiki was in yet another battle with the Queen Sono star actress, Pearl Thusi. Ntsiki got dragged on Pearl's thread, but the poet didn't waste time and clapped back to Pearl Thusi. 

In turn, Pearl later decided to leave the dialogue and shared, 

"Yazi you'll be minding your own business. Then there comes Ntsiki out of nowhere she's so funny yazi. Bless her shame man,"

This later led to a conversation which left Ntsiki trending for quite some time over the conversation she had sparked about colourism and calling it,” Light Skin Privilege”


Ntsiki was previously employed by the DStv channel Mzansi Magic’s Moja Love. She made her television presenting debut as a host on Moja Love's talkshow, Show Me Love where she served a full season.

After being dragged several times by Twitter users and in her defence, Ntsiki tweeted, “Actually Moja love did nothing for me to be honest. And it used to stress my audience that I wasn't free to speak. The minute I stopped at Moja love suddenly everybody was paying attention to me and making me trend every 3 days. Let's be honest."

Rape threats 

After Ntsiki went on Twitter to talk about South African men and their manhood being small, the tweet wasn't well received and it led to the poet receiving rape threats. 

She received an SMS which insulted her and rapey. The South African Street Queen took it to Twitter and shared with the South African Police Service. On her tweet, "My dear brothers you talk about women's body's all the time and nobody threatens your life. If you are real men, please sort out this man who has texted me and threatened to rape me." - She said. 


Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Ntsiki Mazwai wrote an open letter to the President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa. 

The poet didn't wait any longer to release the letter which lambasted Ramaphosa for the 21-day lockdown and according to her, she claims that Ramaphosa has, never been held accountable for a number of things such as the "Marikana massacre."

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," 

Ntsiki's open letter allowed and created a platform for people to start sharing their sentiments regarding the 21-days of lockdown. Some agreed with her and there are some of those who utterly castigated her letter claiming that it is dismissive of the pandemic the country is facing.

The responses did not only come from the public but, Thami Mazwai has expressed and called the letter "shocking" and "uncalled for". The former journalist and anti-apartheid activist has shared his expression as rather shocked.

The question still lingers for many if there will ever be a time when Ntsiki does not have an opinion to share about anything and everything. Regardless, Ntsiki is a well-known poet and she continues to build her brand as a speaker and continues to protect the pride of the nation, as The Queen of South Africa Streets.


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