Khuli Chana (Khulani Morule) is a South African hip hop artist famed for his debut solo album The MotswakOriginator. He first came into the spotlight as one half of the hip hop duo, HazzadazzMove, with Kay-G (Kgaugelo) and later became a member of a hip hop group, Morafe, with Towdee (Lerothodi) and Kay-G.
Khuli Chana, on several occasions, has mentioned his “big brother” Prof Sobukwe who is a pioneer of Motswako music. However in one interview he referred to American rapper as a big brother he “never had” and in another he referred to Hip Hop Pantsula (HHP) as a big brother he “never had” – creating a confusion as to whether or not he has a big brother or not.Khuli Chana was born Khulani Morule in Mmabatho in Mafikeng in the North West province of South Africa. He was raised there (Mmabatho, Mafikeng) by his mother.
Khuli Chana was initially a member of a hi hop duo, with Kay-G. He came to prominence when he formed a hip hop group, Morafe, with with Towdee and Kay-G. The group, Morafe, was originally named The IL Tribe (The Intimate Lyrical Tribe).
Morafe was signed to Ghetto Ruff Records and released two albums; Maruapula: The Anticipation in 2005 and A Ene: The Revolution in 2007.
In November 2009 Khuli Chana released his debut solo album, The MotswakOriginator.
The album spawned hit songs such as; “Tswakstikem”, “Sthandwa Sam”, “Freshe” and “No More Hunger” among others; and enjoyed radio play.
The album earned Khuli Chana numerous accolades including; Best Newcomer at the Channel O Music Video Awards, Best Song of The Year at the Hype Music Awards, and Best Vernacular Hip Hop Album at the South African Traditional Music Awards (SATMA).
The song “No More Hunger” was featured by Action Aid South Africa in their Hunger Free Campaign music compilation.
Also in 2009 Khuli Chana was among the featured acts on Canadian rapper Drake’s Tour of South Africa.
In 2011 Khuli Chana released MotswakOriginator Deluxe Edition, an Extended Play (EP) of his debut album.
MotswakOriginator Deluxe Edition was accompanied by a DVD where he invited the stalwarts of the Motswako sub-genre to share their thoughts, not only about Motswako, but also about Khuli Chana’s role in it.
Also in 2011 the music video for “No More Hunger” was nominated for the Channel O Music Video Awards in the categories Most Gifted Video of The Year and Most Gifted African Southern Video.
In 2012 Khuli Chana released his second studio album, Lost in Time, to even greater success than The MotswakOriginator.
The album had tracks such as; “Hape Pt1”, “WannaBeez”, “Capunta”, “Ketane” and hit songs “Tswa Daar Ft. Notshi” and “Mnatebawen Ft KayGizm and Fifi Cooper”. In the album, Lost in Time, Khuli Chana featured South African music heavyweights including; AKA, Reason, Stoan, Kay-G and Towdee among others.
The album was a subject of critical praise and earned numerous nominations and accolades at various awards, including; Best Collaboration for “Tswa Daar” at the 2012 SA Hip Hop Awards, Best Collaboration for “Tswa Daar” at the 2013 Metro FM Music Awards, Best Hip Hop Album at the 2013 South African Music Awards (SAMA), Best Male Artist at the 2013 South African Music Awards (SAMA) and the coveted Album of the Year at the 2013 South African Music Awards.
In 2013 Khuli Chana released a reworked version of Lost in Time titled Lost in Time Hape Le Hape Remix Edition it included bonus tracks such as “Sleepwalker Ft. The Parlotones” and “Hape Le Hape 2.1 Ft. Magesh and Da L.E.S.”.
In that year he also performed at the star studded Cape Town International Jazz Festival.
In 2014 “Mnatebawen” won Best Hit Single and Best Music Video at the 13th Annual Metro FM Music Awards while “Sleepwalker” won Best Music Video at the 20th Annual South African Music Awards.
He was also nominated for Best International Act at Black Canadian Awards. Also 2014 Khuli Chana was an opening act for American artists Big Sean and Kendrick Lamar.