It’s been a long journey of self-discovery for iFani that has led him to question old beliefs, and realise how letting go of pain held for so long can be a freeing experience. The Xhosa hip hop visionary has emerged from a self-imposed hiatus stronger and bolder and ready to direct all his energies to promoting his second album I Believes In Me (2nd Quadrant) released in April 2015.
iFani believes that the timing of the release of February as next single is more aligned with it being a soundtrack to his life at present in terms of coming to terms with past experiences and breaking free of its clutches. “…February is a song about letting go of my pain, guilt and shame over a pregnancy termination. I don’t want to carry the past anymore, I want to embrace the future and look forward to my dreams instead”. iFani has also recently revamped his wardrobe and dabbled in some fashion therapy that informed his new classic and dapper look. But central to his metamorphosis, are his views on success and happiness. iFani says he has come to realise that successful people don't work as hard as we are made to believe. "So where does the success come from? I have found out that it’s happiness that brings you success, we need to be happy with ourselves first and only then money and all our dreams can come to us."
iFani is a University of Cape Town BSc (Hons) Computer Science and BSc (Computer Engineering) graduate and a former Process Control Engineer. His highlights at UCT include being on the Dean’s Merit List, Top Five Computer Science student, acquiring numerous prestigious scholarships and bursaries, being selected to be part of the Melon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship based in the United States of America, being awarded funds by Merrill Lynch for his outstanding results and going to Emory University in Atlanta, USA for research in hand robotics and graphics. Despite achieving academic success, he chose to follow his calling as a musician and has cemented his name among the best in the country.
Some of his biggest hits include, iIngoma Ezimnandi which was dedicated to his late grandmother, Shake and Ayadelela. iFani has presented popular SABC 1 TV show, Stumbo Stomp Amapantsula, he was a choirmaster on ‘Clash of the Choirs’, has been featured as one of the three celebrities in the e.tv reality series show titled ‘Reality Check’ and he was the ‘Kasi Host’ of the SABC1 documentary-series, ‘Mi Kasi Su Kasi’. iFani has appeared in a number of TV shows such as ‘Late Nite News with Loyiso Gola’, ‘Jam Sandwich’, ‘Idols – Season 10’, ‘I Love South Africa – Season 1’, ‘The Man Cave – Season 3’, ‘Top Billing’ and ‘Zaziwa’.
Recently, iFani has been going around Universities conducting inspirational talks in a project coined #ProjectF2A which aims to change mind-sets from failure ‘F’ to success, thinking ‘A’. So far, he has visited Wits University, NMMU, Rhodes, Walter Sisulu University, UKZN and UWC and plans to visit University of Pretoria and University of the Free State