Long a fixture on the South African entertainment scene, Unathi is the modern day African Renaissance Woman.
The singer, songwriter, Idols Judge and radio host has recently released her third studio album ‘With Love’ on the heels of her sophomore album “In Honour” which reached Gold status.
An album that made the industry take note and understand that Unathi had become a woman of high standing. She describes this album as “A piece of my heart, the colours of my soul.”
A Rhodes University Journalism and Drama graduate, a University of Utrecht International Media studies graduate, Unathi moved to Johannesburg in 2001 becoming a presenter for Castle Loud and then moved onto the YFM platform. Now she co hosts Metro FM’s breakfast show with the legendary Glen Lewis and was named by The Star newspapers as one of the most influential people in television of 2011.
Musically Unathi has wooed audiences of all calibers. Performing for the United Nations delegates she evoked such strong emotions that legendary producer Quincy Jones gave her a standing ovation and proceeded to join her on stage during her performance to sing her praises. She has shared the stage with international greats such John Legend and Yossou Ndour and has performed on stages such as the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz Festival. One of her proudest achievements is writing her song “Sgubhu” which is on the soundtrack for the Oscar winning movie “Tsotsi”.
Over the years Unathi has collected a string of accolades that have stamped her as one of the most influential women in entertainment.
In 2003, she walked away with two awards at the Metro FM Music Awards, for Song of The Year and Best Dressed Artist.
2004 & 2005 she was named as one of the Top Ten people in Media by The Star newspaper and was named as the most promising woman in media at the MTN Media Awards, hosted by Media Magazine.
Unathi has also been nominated twice at the South African Music awards. Her most recent accolades, being voted as South Africa’s Best Female at the Annual Metro FM Music Awards and nominated for Best Urban Pop Album at the MTN SAMA’s.
This young lady continues to reinvent herself through the years and with only ten years of experience under her belt, it is evident that South Africa has given birth to a true gem, Unathi.