Caiphus Semenya was born on 19 August 1939. He is a South African composer and musician. He left South Africa for Los Angeles in the 1960s, together with his wife, singer Letta Mbulu. Among the artists with whom he worked are Hugh Masekela, Jonas Gwangwa, Hotep Galeta, Miriam Makeba, Lou Rawls, Nina Simone and Cannonball Adderley. Semenya also arranged the Swahili chant in the intro to Michael Jackson’s “Liberian Girl” from the 1987 Bad album.
Looking into his works, Caiphus has done several song theses include; The Very Best of Caiphus Semenya, Woman Got a Right to Be, Streams Today… Rivers Tomorrow, Listen to the Wind and many others.
Awards and achievements;
South African Afro Music Awards – 2015, ACT Lifetime Achievement Award for Musi 2015.