Mfaz’ Omnyama (1959–2002) was a South African performer of Maskandi music, guitar player, and lyricist.[1]

Mfaz’ Omnyama
Birth nameMpatheni khumalo
Nongoma, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
DiedSt Benedict Hospital
  • singer
  • producer
LabelsGallo Record Company
Associated actsIhashe Elimhlophe

He is known for his hit singles such as Khula Tshitshi Lami, Ngisebenzile Mama and Ngiyashisa Bhe.

Early life and music careerEdit

Mpatheni was born in rural Nongoma, KwaZulu-Natal. He was a left-handed self-taught master of the string and stage, and released many top-selling albums in his time.[2]

Khumalo was discovered by former Ukhozi FM presenter and host Bodloza Nzimande while working in a mine in North West province which was populated by unskilled labours from Eastern Cape specifically from Pondoland.

He was a solo musician and later became the part of a music group called “Izingqungqulu Zomhlaba” consisting of Phuzekhemisi and Ihhashi Elimhlophe . Busi Mhlongo did several cover versions of his songs in his memory.


Mpatheni Khumalo died at the age of 42 in 2001, at St. Benedict Hospital in KwaZulu-Natal after struggling from pancreatic cancer.[3] He left eight children and his wife[3]


Studio albumsEdit

  • Emazweni Baba (1995)
  • Amagugu (1996)
  • Khula Tshitshi Lami (1997)
  • Ngiyashisa Bhe!! (1999)
  • Ngisebenzile Mama (2000)
  • Ngihlanze Ngedela (2001)

International PerformancesEdit


  1. ^ "Mfaz'Omnyama Biography, Albums, Songs - The Best Maskandi artist Ever". Retrieved 2020-02-04.
  2. ^ Mojapelo, Max (2008). Beyond Memory: Recording the History, Moments and Memories of South African Music. ISBN 9781920299286.
  3. ^ a b Themba wa Sepotokele (20 March 2001). "Maskandi muso Mfaz'Omnyama dies of cancer".

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