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 his teacher discovered 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 honored and excited 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 in one of Verdi’s operas namely 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 at Harry Gwala High School and due to his love for music, joined the school choir and became one of the soloists. There he met two boys Nkumbuzo and Akhona, and later Mawande, and later on joined the choir.
In 2008 he was called to go and perform at an old age home as soloist. The following year, he approached his three friends and shared the idea to perform as a group, resulting in the birth of Heavenly Quartez. After he completed 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 study more music” Melikhaya felt very honored to do some of the production such as Lucia de Lammemoor, Carmen, and Otello.
Brave Heart’s mission is to use different tools to ensure that bullying is addressed. Music is a fantastic tool and a universal language. Melly’s expertise and bubbly personality will be a great asset for Project Brave Heart.