Khaya Mthethwa (born 25 November 1987) is a South African singer-songwriter, musician, composer, arranger, and a multi-instrumentalist.
He is best known for winning the 8th season of TV singing competition Idols South Africa, the first black person to have done so. He is also known as a choir member of the gospel group Joyous Celebration, popular both in South Africa across Africa.
His passion for music stems from his strong upbringing and the guidance that he received from his religious parents, pastors’ Themba and Lulu Mthethwa.
In 2012 Khaya appeared on Ntokozo Mbambo’s Filled album, again as a backing vocalist. In 2012, he entered Idols South Africa with the intention of trying out a different genre to enhance his music abilities. He went on to win the competition. he won with over 80% of the public votes. In 2013, he participated in another TV competition, The Clash of the Choirs, this time as part of the Kwa-Zulu Natal choir; the group won. Khaya can sing gospel, pop, jazz and R&B, and he is a self-taught musician who can play a keyboard, guitar, drums and percussion. He is also a songwriter and wrote most of the songs in his debut album, For You.
Khaya Mthethwa is a host of Gospel Alive a Gospel TV show that premiered 3 November 2013 on Multichoice DSTV’s Mzansi magic channel, on which he worked with content producer Tebogo Rameetse. In 2015 he was ordained as a pastor. In 2014 he released a live DVD recording titled The Uprising. in 2016 he released The Dawn, and in 2018 he released Mkhulumsebenzi.