Melikhaya Ndabeni


Melikhaya Ndabeni was born in a small town in the Eastern Cape called Barkly East. He was raised in a family of six children, four boys and two girls. He started his primary education at Sizamulwazi Primary School, where he was seen by his teacher that he had a good voice. In 2003, he was selected as one of the boys to join the Drakensberg Police Choir. “I was very horned and exited to be part of the choir l felt like it was the beginning of my career”, says Melikhaya.

In 2006, he entered the Eastern Cape Music Association (ECMA), as the soloist, and performed one of Verdi’s work in his opera La Traviata and won the district elimination. Melikhaya was always passionate about music. In 2007, he went to Cape Town to finish his high school level in Harry Gwala High School and due to the love he had for music, joined the school choir and became one of the soloist. There, he met the two boys Nkumbuzo and Akhona, and later Mawande, who used to come assist the choir.

In 2008 he was called to go and perform at the old age home as soloist. The following year, he approached his three friends and shared the idea to go and perform as a group, resulting in the birth of Heavenly Quartez. After he fished his matric he auditioned for Cape Town Opera. “I was very fortunate to be part of the Cape Town Opera they helped me to pursue my career and sturdy more about music” Melikhaya was very excited to do some of the production such as Lucia de Lammemoor, Carmen, and Otello.