Khaya Mthethwa (born 25 November 1987), Umlazi, also known as The PK (The Pastor’s Kid) is a South African singer-songwriter, musician, composer, arranger, and the multi-instrumentalist.[1] He is best known for winning the 8th season of TV singing competition Idols South Africa, the first black person to have done so.[2] He is also known as a choir member of the gospel group Joyous Celebration, popular both in South Africa across Africa.[3]His passion for music stems from his strong upbringing and the guidance that he received from his religious parents, pastors’ Themba and Lulu Mthethwa.[4]

Khaya Mthethwa
Birth nameKhayelihle Nkosinathi Mthethwa
Born (1987-11-25) 25 November 1987 (age 32)
OriginUmlazi, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Years active2012–present
LabelsUniversal Music Group
Associated actsJoyous Celebration
Israel Houghton

Early lifeEdit

Born and raised in Durban Kwa-Zulu Natal, Khaya Mthethwa grew up in a church environment. His father Bhekithemba Mthethwa is a minister at the Umlazi Oasis Fellowship Centre. After finishing high school Khaya wanted to pursue a career in music but his parents were not keen on the idea and so he went on to study project management at the varsity college but remained active in a church as a music director of the church choir.


In 2012 Khaya appeared on Ntokozo Mbambo's Filled album, again as a backing vocalist. In 2012, he entered Idols South Africa with the intention of trying out a different genre to enhance his music abilities.[5] He went on to win the competition.[6] he won with over 80% of the public votes. In 2013, he participated in another TV competition, The Clash Of The Choirs, this time as part of the Kwa-Zulu Natal choir; the group won.[7][8] Khaya can sing gospel, pop, jazz and R&B, and he is a self-taught musician who can play a keyboard, guitar, drums and percussion. He is also a songwriter, and wrote most of the songs in his debut album, For You.

Khaya Mthethwa is a host of Gospel Alive a Gospel TV show that premiered 3 November 2013 on Multichoice DSTV's Mzansi magic channel, on which he worked with content producer Tebogo Rameetse. In 2015 he was ordained as a pastor. In 2014 he released a live DVD recording titled The Uprising.[9]in 2016 he released The Dawn, and in 2018 he released Mkhulumsebenzi.

Career: Early 2010sEdit

Khaya discovered his career in singing when he was in high school. Khaya Mthethwa first appeared as a backing vocalist singing Tenor for Joyous Celebration co-founder Mthunzi Namba's Mercy album. He was then asked to join Joyous Celebration two days prior to the live recording of Joyous Celebration 15 in 2010.[10]


In late 2013 he began hosting the Mzansi Magic religious music talk show Gospel Alive. On 21 May 2017 he started hosting the BET gospel show Rhythm and Gospel and on 25 June 2017 he debuted as the host of SABC1's Sunday morning gospel show Gospel Avenue.[11]

Show Character

Clash of the Choirs South Africa - Season 1 Choirmaster - KwaZulu-Natal

Code Green - Season 1 Himself

Cooking Gospel - Season 1 Himself

Gospel Alive - Season 1 Host- Himself

I Love South Africa - Season 1 Contestant - Himself

Idols - Season 8 Winner - Himself

Minnie Dlamini: Becoming Mrs. Jones - Season 1 musician-Himself

The Remix SA - Season 1 Guest judge- Himself

Zaziwa - Season 4 Himself



  • Live Audio Visual Recording Album (SAMA23)=2017

Won :

  • Best Newcomer award at the 12th Annual Metro FM Awards.[12]
  • South African Music Award for Best Contemporary Faith Music Album-2017
  • 2016 SABC Crown Gospel Awards-Best Gospel DVD



  • For You (Universal Music Group, 2012)
  • The Uprising (Universal Music Group, 2014)
  • The Dawn 2016
  • All About Jesus 2018
Preceded by
Dave van Vuuren
Idols (South Africa)

Season 8 (2012)
Succeeded by
Musa Sukwene

Personal LifeEdit

2nd of December 2017 in Mpumalanga Khaya Mthethwa celebrated his traditional wedding with the love of his life and Miss South Africa 2016, Ntandoyenkosi Kunene.[13] Khaya Mthethwa and his wife Ntandoyenkosi only dated for three months , but he didn't want to waste time because he knew she was the one. As much as Khaya wasn't planning on getting married but when Ntando came along, he couldn't imagine his life without her.[14] Khaya explains his wife as a person who is an incredible human being, a person with a strong character and who comes from a phenomenal family. "Everything about her culminates into this beautiful person that I want to spend the rest of my life with." khaya said.[15]“As a husband my top job is to protect my wife. We just want to have an amazing marriage,” Khaya said.[16] They gym together and support Orlando Pirates. Everything is “very serene”, he adds. “We cherry-pick each other every day.” His love life has had its fair share of ups and downs, of course. He was romantically linked to actress Nomzamo Mbatha in 2015, then to her fellow Isibaya actress Jessica Nkosi. Khaya was often cited as the reason the two are no longer friendly but he doesn’t want to be drawn into all that.

On 24 December 2019, they announced their divorce on social media platforms. The reason for their split remains concealed but Khaya did mention in one of his church sermons that the 2yrs of their marriage was very had and with lots of challenges.[17]


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