Nathi's new life

By Drum Digital
18 March 2016

Despite reports of being “homeless” and “carless”, Nathi Mankayi welcomes us into his lavish home and shows us his hot new set of wheels

By Siyabonga Kamnqa

He's in high spirits as he emerges from his sleek white mean German machine, which is parked in the garage of his upmarket townhouse in


Dressed in his trademark hat, multi-award-winning musician Nathi Mankayi fiddles with his car keys as he exchanges pleasantries with us.

Judging by how he keeps staring at it admiringly, it’s clear he’s smitten with his new set of wheels. “It’s a brand-new car as you can see – it cost plenty but Nathi paid for it in cash,” Sipho Nyathela, his proud manager, chips in.

The man from the remote town of Maclear in the Eastern Cape has clearly made it big in the City of Gold and is finally reaping the rewards of his platinum-selling album, Buyelekhaya.

Nathi (32) says he has already driven the car to his family in the Eastern Cape to have it blessed.

Read more in the 24 March issue of DRUM.

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