Elaine (South Africa)
Ndivhuwo Elaine Mukheli (born 2 April 1999), known mononymously as Elaine, is a South African R&B singer and songwriter from Pretoria. While studying law at the University of the Witwatersrand, she self-released her debut EP Elements in September 2019. The EP reached No. 1 on both the national iTunes and Apple Music album charts, making her the first independent female artist to do so. Elements was certified Platinum by RISA a year after its initial release and was nominated for Best R&B/Soul Album at the 26th South African Music Awards. Elaine was subsequently signed to Columbia Records in December 2020.
Elaine uploaded her debut single, “Slip Away” onto SoundCloud in February 2019, before officially self-releasing it in April 2019. Her follow-up single, “I Just Wanna Know” was released in August 2019. Elaine was the first South African artist to be part of Spotify’s Radar artist program. She released her debut EP, Elements, on 29 September 2019. The EP was successful on streaming charts, helping Elaine clock one million accumulative streams within two weeks of its initial release. She was deemed as Apple Music’s New Artist Spotlight after Elements reached No. 1 on the album chart in South Africa. At one point in February 2020, all seven songs from Elements simultaneously placed in the top 10 of the national Apple Music R&B/Soul songs chart.
Elaine, a Pretoria-based 20-year-old singer-songwriter, quickly grew to fame after the release of her debut album Elements that topped charts weeks after its release.
Truly an artist that PAMFA has been watching and believe she will be a massive future star but taking the music world by storm as we speak. Ndivhuwo Elaine Mukheli is our spot light artist.