Khuli Chana – The Dragon

(Motswako Rapper)

Khulane Morule

(born August 27, 1982), better known by his stage name Khuli Chana, is a South African Motswako rapper.

The name Khuli Chana is synonymous with the word Motswako. Motswako encompasses elements from various musical backgrounds. It involves street-talk and highly influential messages in Setswana, English and other South African languages which Khuli Chana has dubbed “Tswenglish”. Khuli Chana brings a different flavour and sound, not only to this genre of music but also to the Hip-Hop scene. Khuli Chana is not new to the music industry; in the early 90′s he formed a duo with Kay-G called “Jazzzadaz”. They then joined forces with Towdee Mac to form the group, Morafe.

Morule was born in the Mmabatho, North West Province and started rapping at a young age. He was a member of a rap group called Morafe. He then proceeded to go solo, after the rap group took a break from releasing music as a unit.

Khuli Chana rose to fame after releasing his major successful album Motswakoriginator, which infuses both the Setswana and English languages. Motswako is a mixture of both languages and the sound and style of music originates from Mahikeng, a small town in the North West Province.

He has shared a stage with US rapper Drake, as an opening act.


Khuli Chana partnered with vodka brand Absolut as one of their ambassadors for the South Africa market culminating in the ONE SOURCE LIVE Festival.

Telling us about how the idea came about, Khuli says it was about Africa owning the narrative.

“What birthed the idea was that we felt it was time to own the narrative, and it was time to do the damn thing. When I signed my first deal it was about Absolut endorsing an artist that has a music journey that resonates with the brand.”

“That was so organic, that was seamless, never been done. Second year we worked on the One Source album which was a pan-African collaboration, which was about celebrating the fact that this is the birthplace of humanity and that we are all connected. Now we’re about to put all of that on stage with a little bit of disco lights and we are going to party.”