Elaine (born Ndivhuwo Elaine Mukheli; 2 April 1999 in Pretoria) is a South African singer and songwriter.
She boasts as the first ‘independent female’ artist to reach No1 both on the national iTunes and Apple Music album charts.
|Name||Ndivhuwo Elaine Mukheli|
|Born||2 April 1999 (age 22 years)|
|Place of birth||Pretoria|
|Alma mater||University of Witwatersrand|
|Profession||Singer and songwriter|
|Record label||Columbia Records|
She was born in Pretoria, her singing career dates back to her young days, at the age of six (6). Elaine took part in the school choir and in several talent competitions as she grew up.
She took home a gold medal at the 8th World Choir Games in Riga, Lativa (2014).
Elaine started her career as a songwriter during her high school days when she started writing her music.
Elaine attended the University of Witwatersrand (Wits University), where she studied Law.
In February 2019, Elaine uploaded ‘Slip Away’, her first single, onto SoundCloud.
A few months later, she made an official release of the single in April the same year.
In August, the same year, 2019, Elaine dropped her follow-up single, I Just Wanna Know’.
She is also on the list of the first South African artist to be part of Spotify’s Radar artist program.
In September 2019, Elaine dropped her debut EP titled Elements. The EP house seven (7) tracks and was produced by Clxrity alongside Elizee.
The EP made it to streaming charts and helped her hit one million accumulative streams within two (2) weeks of its initial release.
In February 2020, all the Elements house songs made it to the top 10 of the national Apple Music R&B/Soul songs chart.
She dropped the official music video for the song, ‘You are the one’ and it hit an estimated view of one hundred thousand within a day of its initial release.
The EP received a nomination for the Best R&B/Soul Album at the 26th South African Music Awards.
In August 2020, the songbird, Elaine was signed to the record label Columbia Records.