South Africa-based gospel muso and businessman Canaan Nyathi is a grateful man and he glorifies God for what he has done in his life by revealing to the world all the fortunes that are showered to him.
If he is not spotted by the paparazzi driving his electronic 2018 BMW i8, it will definitely be a Range Rover Sport Supercharge or a McLaren 720s or any of the other seven road “monsters” in his garage.
Many people have questioned the source of his income courtesy of his expensive lifestyle. The mogul, who is the founder of Canie Junior Fire and Security system company, revealed to B-Metro that his wealth comes from hard work and communion with God.
“Many people have been questioning me about my lifestyle and what I do for a living. I am a man who puts faith in God in everything I always pray for; in return God has worked in mysterious ways in my life.
“Most of my wealth does not come from inheritance or what, I worked from scratch in establishing my Canie Junior Fire and Security system company which has rewarded me fruitfully in the past years,” said Nyathi in a telephone interview from his leafy Bassonia mansion in the Southern part of Johannesburg.
Lately, in celebrating his 34th birthday last week, Nyathi opted to treat himself by throwing a mini-birthday party at “classy” Café La Plage in Umhlanga, Durban, with best friend and award-winning gospel sensation Dumi Mkokstad and his wife Doctor Ziphozenkosi gracing the event.
The head of Parks Recreation and Culture (PRC) of eThekwini Municipality Thembinkosi Ngcobo and gospel star Ntokozo Ngongoma were also in attendance among other guests.
Nyathi said: “My birthday was basically about celebrating God’s presence in my life, honouring all that he has done to me and the gift of life he bestowed upon me. When I pray to him, he always appears and answers my call.
“I spent the day with close people in my life including my best friend Dumi Mkokstad. It’s important to give honour and glory to the Almighty for the wonders he makes in our lives for they can’t be done by anyone,” he said.
In light of the Covid-19 pandemic affecting most artistes’ lives and businesses, Nyathi revealed that his hit song Baba Ziveze which featured on his debut DVD album Another level of Grace Upon Grace, constantly comforted him during the era.
He said his business didn’t suffer that much during the lockdown as his spirit and God’s rod kept him going.
“When I wrote the song Baba Ziveze last year, it was a call on God to show up in my life. However, personally the meaning of the song has changed into a prophetic healing message because I won’t lie, God has kept me going under this lockdown.
“Ungumabizwa asabele (When you call, he answers) and I am continuing calling him in my life because I believe he is not done blessing me,” said Nyathi.
In a bid to assist other talented artistes grow and produce appealing music, Nyathi founded a recording stable Canaan Nyathi Music which is a masterpiece of world class recording studio specialising in producing Gospel, Afro Soul and secular music.
Another branch of the stable is set to be launched in Bulawayo.
“Under Canaan Nyathi Music, I want to help artistes who are talented to grow and realise their dreams. We had scouted for talent and we are still searching for more raw creatives. After the lockdown another studio will be opened in Bulawayo.
“The lockdown blocked many projects as none of these artistes under the stable including myself recorded any material but as we are now on Level 1, we need to catch up for the time lost,” said Nyathi.