Anatii whose real name is Anathi Bhongo Mnyango is a South African hip hop record producer and musician born on 8 January 1993 in Bisho, Eastern Cape in South Africa. He drives a R2 million Mercedes-AMG GT and a Mercedes- AMG CLS 63 S Coupe.
He was born on the 8th of January 1993 in Bisho, Eastern Cape in South Africa. As of 2019, he is 26 years old.
- The Saga
- Feeling on Me
- Tell Me
- The Long Way
- Pray for the Children
- So Many Rooms
- 10 Fingers
- Hold On
- Walk Away
- Everywhere You Go
- Don’t Forget to Pray
‘Iyeza’ changed my life, but the album won’t get much attention, says Anatii
A water feature greets you as you enter music producer, songwriter and hip-hop artist Anatii’s open-plan Sandton home. He invites us to sit beside the pool for our interview.
Anatii, born Anathi Bhongo Mnyango in the Eastern Cape town of Bhisho, says he loves nature and the simplicity of open spaces, and this connection he feels with nature is present in his latest album, Iyeza. The album, he says, reveals how growing up in “free generation” SA led to his becoming a spiritual being.
It’s a departure from his previous releases – 2012’s debut single Thunder Thighs, the 2016 solo album Artifact and his 2017 collaborative album with AKA, Be Careful What You Wish For – both in sound and lyrical content.
“Iyeza changed my life and the energy when I made the album was organic,” he says. “I know no-one will pay attention to it now because it’s not mainstream hip-hop but when music hits your soul, you feel it.”
He is aware of his role as a role model for some young South Africans and says that Iyeza is “centred around the youth”. Anatii says although young South Africans may be sociopolitically “conscious”, they still need “that place where they can get light”.
Because his father (who died in 2008) was a radio presenter, Anatii and his three siblings grew up immersed in music. It makes sense then that at only 26 years old he has already had an impressive and diverse career. When he was 15, he worked with Grammy Award-winning composer Lebo M on four songs and co-produced one of the tracks used for the 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup opening ceremony.
Not long after that he produced his first song, for rapper L-Tido, titled When It Rains.
On his right arm a tattoo reads “Time Heals Everything”. With elections coming, Anatii believes the youth are not going to be healed by institutions, media, politics, religion or social media. “My purpose is bigger than music. I just use music as a tool to have a voice and use the platform I have.
“A lot of people are brainwashed. You’re taught what you should be like and what you should eat; that makes you afraid to step out of your comfort zone.”