Popayi (Phiwokwakhe Mnisi) is a Swati born male Pianist, guitarist, songwriter and afro soul vocalist. “The story started when I made my own guitar from tins, planks and fish lines. My mother (the late) discovered how I wished to have a guitar, she bought me one when I was doing grade 4 in Nkhaba Primary school. I was given basics by Grandfather. Later, I when to Yandza music school where I got skilled teachers who taught me piano (and piano became my first choice). At 12 I was located by one pastor Lucky Dlamini, he challenged me to play piano for the church.
I created a singing group, we could sing, performing in some events until I was taken by John McCarthy to Johannesburg. I started working hard to make it to the highest, joining instrumental competitions where I was appointed the best Pianist in Springs.
My talent was discovered by Dj Acidic, he loved my voice and the Language (siSwati). He took me to his studio where I recorded my first siSwati album.