Elaine (singer)

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.[1] 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.[2][3]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.[1]

Elaine
Birth nameNdivhuwo Elaine Mukheli
Born (1999-04-02) 2 April 1999 (age 23)
Pretoria, South Africa
OriginLimpopo, South Africa
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • singer
  • songwriter
Instruments
  • Vocals
Years active2019–present
LabelsColumbia

Early lifeEdit

1999–2018: early yearsEdit

I remember the owner of the pre-school came to me and gave me a solo – this solo was ‘Silent Night’ and girl, that’s when my career took off. This was my time to shine, and I think from the moment I sang that solo, I knew that this is what I want to do for the rest of my life.

—Elaine on her childhood introduction to singing[4]

Ndivhuwo Elaine Mukheli was born in Pretoria on 2 April 1999. She started singing at age six and participated in the school choir and various talent competitions while growing up.[4] In 2014 she received a gold medal at the 8th World Choir Games in Riga, Latvia.[5][6] While attending high school, Mukheli began writing her own music.[7] She began studying law at University of the Witwatersrand in approximately 2018,[1] and stated in November 2019 that she was part of the university's Golden Key Honour Society.[7]

CareerEdit

2019–present: ElementsEdit

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 alongside Taiylor Manson .[8][9] She released her debut EP, Elements, on 29 September 2019.[10] The 7-track EP was produced by Clxrity alongside Elizee from South African hip-hop duo Elizee and Malachi and was described by OkayAfrica as "a mellow blend of trap-soul and R&B with incisive explorations of adolescent love."[11] The EP was successful on streaming charts, helping Elaine clock one million accumulative streams within two weeks of its initial release.[12] She was deemed as Apple Music's New Artist Spotlight after Elements reached No. 1 on the album chart in South Africa.[13] 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.[14] The EP, spawned the single "You're The One", which also topped both iTunes and Apple Music single charts.[15] The single earned Elaine both her radio debut and first number one on the Metro FM Top 40,[16] as well as several weeks atop both the 947 Top 40,[3] and KFM Top 40.[17] Her debut music video for "You're The One" was released in early April 2020 and gained approximately 100 thousand views within 24 hours of its initial release.[18][19] As of late April 2020, Elaine continues to "dominate" South African music charts.[20] Elements was certified Platinum by the Recording Industry of South Africa (RISA) in July 2020.[21] The EP was also nominated for Best R&B/Soul Album at the 26th South African Music Awards.[22] Elaine was signed to Columbia Records in August 2020.[23][24][25]

In November 2020, she was nominated for Best Female Southern Africa at 2020 African Muzik Magazine Awards.[26]

On 12 May 2021, she released a single "Right Now ".[27]

On 24 March 2022, she released her highly anticipated single "Shine". She first teased the song on TikTok and Instagram.

ArtistryEdit

Elaine's musical style regarding genre has been described as trap-soul (a blend of trap and soul music),[1][4][11] alternative R&B,[28][20] contemporary R&B,[28][1] and neo-soul.[20] She has cited R&B singers such as Lauryn Hill and Beyoncé as her biggest inspirations.[29] Elaine's musical style has been compared to that of Tsakani Mhinga and H.E.R.,[30] as well as Jhené Aiko and Summer Walker.[31]

DiscographyEdit

Extended playsEdit

Title Details Certifications
Elements EP
  • Released: 29 September 2019
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download, streaming

SinglesEdit

Title Year Certification[21] Album
"Slip Away" 2019 Non-album single
"I Just Wanna Know" Elements EP
"Say It"
  • RiSA: 3×Platinum
"When We’re Alone"
  • RiSA: Platinum
"I/You"
  • RISA: 2× Platinum
"Changes"
  • RiSA: 3× Platinum
"You’re The One" 2020
  • RISA: 3× Platinum
"Risky"
  • RiSA: 3× Platinum
"Right Now"[32] 2021 Non-album single

Awards and nominationsEdit

Award Year Recipient(s) and nominee(s) Category Result Ref.
South African Music Awards 2020 Elements R&B/Soul Album of the Year Nominated [22]
African Muzik Magazine Awards 2020 Herself Best Female Southern Africa Nominated [26]
BET Awards 2021 Best New International Act Nominated [33][34][35]
MTV Africa Music Awards 2021 Best Breakthrough Act Pending [36]
African Muzik Magazine Awards 2021 Best Female Southern Africa Won [37]
Headies 2022 Best Southern African Artiste Of The Year Pending [38]

ReferencesEdit

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