South Africa has great artists who have stormed both Africa and beyond. Sipho Makhabane is a talented gospel artist, producer, songwriter, famously known as the Big Fish. It is not all about money or any other gains, but he is always concerned and committed to impact generations, drawing them to God. Read on to find out some interesting facts about the Big Fish.
Despite the hardship in his early life, he has made it in a great way. The artist has inspired many through his songs, challenges, and his breakthrough. He has helped other young people to nature their talent through Big Fish Music Productions.
Sipho Makhabane profile summary
- Real name: Sipho Makhabane
- Date of birth: 3rd November 1965
- Age: 55 years
- Place of birth: Mpumalanga, Swaziland, South Africa
- Nationality: South African
- Marital status: Married
- Spouse: Grace Magagula Makhabane
- Profession: Gospel artist, producer, singer and songwriter
- Facebook: @Sipho Makhabane
- Instagram: @smakhabs
The retired gospel singer was born and raised in Mpumalanga, Swaziland, South Africa on 3rd November 1965. Having been raised in the average low-income family, it has to be challenging. Sipho had a rough time being forced by the situation to work hard to support his mother after the death of his father when he was still young. He dropped out of school before completing his primary education.
He started to do several jobs in construction. He worked with a sugar plantation company. Later he moved to Kruger National Park as a construction worker. He sharpened his skills by the age of 21, thus securing a chance with Pienaar as a construction worker. The Big Fish kept on nurturing his passion while he was still working there.
How old is Sipho Makhabane?
He is currently 55 years old.
Sipho Makhabane family
The gospel singer is married to Grace Makhabane Magagula. They have been married for about 35 years. Due to his private family life, there is not much information about his family. The fully furnished double-storey Sipho Makhabane house is located in Kensington, where they live.
After Sipho started working with Telkom, he took his music career to the next level. He started his career back in 1996. Sipho Makhabane debuted into the South African music industry by storm when he released his two hit songs, Ngitinikela Kuwe and Yek Intokozo. Following a successful turn out of the songs, he launched few more tracks, Thum Ulolo and Uliqhawe, which were exceptionally successful.
Uyigugu track was released in 1998, followed by a hit track Makudanyiswe in 1999. In 2001, he released the Calvary album. Afterwards, Moya Wami was released in 2003. In 2005, he released Umuzi Omuhle album, and in 2008, he dropped Hamba Nami. Sipho announced his retirement from music after the release of the Ebenezer album in 2009 to focus on developing the young talent. But despite his retirement, he has continued to release more albums while rebranding some of his earlier songs. He established his label, Big Fish Music.
Here is the list of Sipho Makhabane albums.
- Vuka Mphefumlo 1998
- Calvary 2001
- Moya Wami 2003
- Umuzi Omuhle 2005
- Indawo 2006
- Ngiyamemeza 2008
- Sinekhaya 2017
- Siyakudumisa 2019
- Africa For Jesus 2019
- Live At The Pretoria State Theatre
- Amandla (The Power)
- Wathi Eloyi Eloyi released in 2020
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Here are some of Sipho Makhabane songs grouped in albums.
It is his first album released in 1998.
- Vuka Mphefumlo
- Sigwedla Kandzima
- Khaya Labangcwele
- Khuluma Nkosi Kimi
- He Has Never Failed
- Bless Me Lord
- Inkosi I Namandla
- Imizamo Yami
- Sibongi' Calvary
- Touch Me Lord
Sipho Makhabane Calvary
It was released in 2001.
- Haleluya (Instrumental)
This album was released in 2003.
- Moya Wami
- Yizwa Nkosi Jesu
- Mangisondele Kuwe
- Zulu Khaya Labangcwele
- Yamkela uMoya Wami
- Glory Hallelujah
- Ngingo KaJesu
Umuzi album was released in 2005.
- Umuzi Omuhle
- Indlela Yakho
- In Thee
The album was released in 2006.
- Ikhona Indawo
- Jesus Love
- Nguwe Wedwa
- Yimi Lo Nkosi
- Praise The Lord
- Uyisimanga Ujesu
The artist finished it in 2008.
- Jesu Ndodana
- Hamba Nami
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It was released in 2017.
- Siyabonga Nkosi Jesu
- Jesu Wancoba
- Ngceda Nkosi Yami
- Phakama Nkosi Jesu
The album was released in 2019.
- Endleleni Yakho
- Kwelo Khaya
- Bokang Modemo
- Thatha Ujesu
Amandla (The Power)
The work on the album was finished in 2019.
- Amandla (The Power)
- Sohlabelela Haleluya
- Bek'Ithemba Kuye
- Kea Dumela
- Ngihole Jesu
- Moya Moya
- Ngizwa Ngo Jesu
- uJesu Simbonile
Wathi Eloyi Eloyi
It was released in 2020.
- Wathi Eloyi Eloyi
- Wena Uyinkosi
- Phezulu Ezulwini
- Glory To The Son Of God
- Dzina La Yeso
- Jesu Uyakumema
- Ngiyamtsandza Jesu
- Ngiconde Khaya
- Intokozo Ekimi
Sipho Makhabane awards and nominations
During his career, the legend has won several awards. They include:
- In 2001, he won the Best Producer Award at the Glory awards held in Swaziland.
- He was awarded the Best Traditional Gospel in 2007 South African Music Awards.
- In 2008, he got the Mama Community Empowerment Award.
- In 2013, he was nominated the Best Classic of All Times Award at SABC Crown Gospel Awards.
- He was nominated for KORA Awards, on the continental stage.
- He won the Lifetime Achievement Award at the SABC Crown Gospel Awards.
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Sipho Makhabane contact details
Phone Number: +27116222212 or +27116222217
Address: 44 Cumberland Rd, Kensington
Because of the magic and popularity of his albums, Sipho Makhabane will continue to influence young talented artists for generations to come through his Big Fish Music Production. What do you think about the artist? Let us know in the comments below.
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