Destro Makhiya


Destro Makhiya whose real name is Sizwe Devine Godi, was born in 1996 May 21 at Marite, a township in the Bushbuckridge region in Mpumalanga, South Africa.  His passion and involvement in arts started back in pre-school where he used to be part of the school’s dance group. His love for art grew within him throughout his primary school days as he was involved in both acting and dancing. When he turned 14 he was influenced by the kwaito culture through the likes of legendary kwaito star Zola 7, the late Mandoza to name but a few, but due to his deep passion for lyrics he decided to add a bit of hip hop into his style of making music. He started to write lyrics of his own and eventually met Hypo and together they recorded their first song ‘’Rolling like a king”.

Destro Makhiya joined forces with Hypo & KR Phanda to form a group called ‘’Young Hazy Crew’’.

Their relationship grew both musically and within their personal space. He worked together with them and they recorded and performed a lot of songs that grew their presence and recognition in the music scene, both locally and in other areas within Mpumalanga. They were recognized by Bushbuckridge Radio and got their first radio interview with Dj Matt in 2012. They continued to work together till Destro Makhiya completed his Matric and had to move in search of a better life as well as to pursue his tertiary academics, including but not limited to the hope of getting a record deal in the big city of Joburg.

That went on to become the start of a solo music career for Destro Makhiya as he moved to Daveyton in Gauteng, Eastrand. He worked with one of the most talented Daveyton artist “Crayzie808” aka “TR Young Georgie’’, ESDmaloya, Young Stunner, 2 Mitch and super producer ImB.

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Destro Makhiya is a young believer, an ambitious self-driven artist who lives to inspire, transform and entertain the music lovers through his raw and uncut lyrical content and versatility through the kind of feeling he gives to the one who follows his music. Having being born and raised in an environment of mixed languages he makes music in a number of languages which include mainly Swati, Zulu and English. He released his first major hit in 2015 which was a 4 minutes raps with no hook titled “hundreds” which went on to being a success via downloads and got above 1.5k downloads. He was then nominated twice on the 2016 Daveyton Hip Hop music Awards for Best Newcomer and Best stage performer. He went on to win the best newcomer award.

Makhiya is now a clothing ambassador for a Marite clothing brand called “Kasi Style clothing”.  He is also the founder of the strictly hustler’s ‘’6two6 Legendz” movement.

In 2017 he won the first annual ‘’Geleza Mreppa Music Competition” hosted by Senior Tainment.

His song ‘’STINA’’ has played on Ligwalagwala FM, VenRap radio, K Radio and BBR FM amongst other prominent radio stations. He has featured numerous times on the Ligwagwala Fm ‘’Hip Hop Parliament” and has also featured on the morning breakfast show by Dj Madumane on Ligwalagwala Fm’.  He has appeared on Bushbuckridge news and Game Reporter.  His recent hit Ngyekeni has also been getting some love from Ligwalagwala Fm and other local radio stations.  He has shared a stage with hit maker ‘’Sjava’’ and a lot of other talented artists. He has also appeared on the online tv show Bean Canteenon on an interview and exclusive performance’.

In 2018 Destro Makhiya got two nominations for the prestigious BFM Awards, Song Of The Year and Best Hip Hop Artist.  He came in third place for Song Of The Year award and managed to walk away with the Best Hip Hop Artist Award.

He aslo released his hit single title “I Want It So Bad” in 2018.  A very conscious song, where raps about how badly he wants to make it in the big time.

Destro Makhiya continues to push beyond boundaries to create a bigger fan base for his music both nationally and internationally.

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