Mkhululi Siqula (born 4 December 1991) popularly known as Heavy-K, is a South African DJ, singer, songwriter, and music producer. Born and raised in Veeplaas, Port Elizabeth, Siqula relocated to Johannesburg at the age of 21 to pursue his musical career.
Early Life and Career
Mkhululi Siqula was born on December 4, 1991, Veeplaas, Port Elizabeth, South Africa. His father, Phindlie Siqula, was working as a mechanic. Siqula attended Mzimhlophe Public primary school and Ndzondelelo Secondary School.
In 2007, he produced “Lento” Professor’s single at the age of 16. In 2013, he moved to Johannesburg to purse his career in music. His debut studio album Respect the Drumboss 2013 was released on January 1, 2013. In 2014, he produced Bucie’s single “Easy to Love” which peaked number 9 on Entertainment Monitoring Africa.
In September 2015, his single “Umoya” featuring Professor and Mpumi was released. “Moya” was nominated for Best Collaboration and Best Dance Album for Respect the Drumboss 2015 at 15th Annual Metro FM Awards.
On December 2, 2016, his third studio album 1950 was released in South Africa. In August 2017, his single “Inde” featuring Bucie and Nokwazi was released. The song was certified 6× platinum.
In early 2018, his single “Sphum’ elokshini” featuring South African vocalist Mondli Ngcobo was released. On October 5, 2018, his fourth studio album Respect the Drumboss 2018 was released.
In July 2020, his single “Uyeke” featuring Natalia Mabaso was released. The song was certified platinum by the Recording Industry of South Africa with sales of 50 000 units. On July 31, 2020, his fifth studio album Khusta was released.
In November 2021, he announced his remix of Shivers in collaboration with Ed Sheeran, which was released on November 12.
Mkhululi was reportedly working on his fourth studio album by February 2021. On December 3, 2021, his fourth studio album Respect the Drumboss 21 (10 Years edition) was released. It features Just Bheki, Simmy, Aymos, Nkosazana Daughter, Natalia Mabaso, Intaba Yase Dubai, Sino Msolo, Boohle, MSK, Bassie, Ntunja, Drumetic Boyz, and MalumNator.
Wife, Children and Family Life
In 2014, Siqula met Ntombi in a club at Grahamstown. The two got married and had two children. In 2019, the couple divorced.
Heavy-K’s net worth as of 2022 is estimated at around $750, 000 – $3 million.