Nkanyiso Mzimela profile

Isibaya actor Nkanyiso Mzimela released his first freestyle in July 2020.


Nkanyiso Mzimela is a South African actor and musician. He is best known for playing the role of Melusi in the hit telenovela Isibaya.

Many viewers have grown to dislike his character in the series because of his unconcealed disrespect to his parents. Known by the stage name, Night$, he is also a musician and says music was always his first love.

Mzimela debuted his EP, Before Winter, in a live performance at Shaye Lounge in Soweto in December 2020. The EP is soulful, with a mixture of hip-hop and R&B music.

Nkanyiso Mzimela
Nkanyiso Mzimela biography
Nkanyiso Mzimela is determined to follow his dream of making music.
Short Profile
Born:Nkanyiso Mzimela
Other names:Night$
Nationality:South African
Occupation:Actor, musician
Genre:Soul, house music, rap
Instruments:Vocal, piano
EP:Before Winter

Early Life

Night$, born Nkanyiso Mzimela, has been passionate about music since he was little. His name is Nkanyiso means the bringer of light.

It all began when he was nine years old in primary school. He knew he had talent in music but needed to build his confidence to face the music as an actor.


Nkanyiso studied production and sound engineering. He chose the course to have more control and improvement of his sound.


The KwaZulu-Natal artist started his career at an early age. He began to appear in short films, theatre productions, and television commercials. 

Although acting worked out for him before music, Nkanyiso says music was always his first love. His name inspired the EP’s title, Before Winter

His genre is soul music. The musician is versatile and likes to explore other genres, such as rap and house music. 

Top musical artists such as Travis Scott, John Legend, and Lauryn Hill influenced him. The first single from the EP, In My Dreams, is all about news anchor Chante Jantjies.

Nkanyiso writes songs according to his feelings all the time. He says it’s In My Dreams, and in his dreams, they were a couple with a couple of problems.

Aside from playing Melusi on Isibaya, Mzimela has a company called Bafo Media. He aims to create opportunities for young creatives.

Social Profile

Nkanyiso Mzimela drops some of his freestyles on his social media accounts. He also posts upcoming projects and works on the platforms.

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