Rina full name Upile Rina Malenga Born on the 15th August 1989 is a 22 year old female rapper based in Blantyre Malawi, she has been musically active since 2008.
2010 was a breakthrough year for her, she recorded her single ‘Not like me’ featuring Blakafella which was released and first performed on the 13th March 2010.
After receiving wide coverage from the written press, she continued recording and involving herself with major shows and artists. She worked alongside Nde’feyo entertainment on the Urban Music party and was chosen as a headliner alongside, the heartbeats, 3rd Eye, and Theo Thomson, including Limbani Kalilani entrepreneur and artist known as Tay grin on a promotional campaign for artists in Malawi. She performed at renowned singer Theo Thomson’s’ album launch where she was the only female to perform at this show, and 3rd Eye’s album launch called ‘the Hat trick’ which was in celebration of the world cup coming to Africa. She has also featured with the popular group Team Gypsy who have feature videos on South Africa’s ‘Channel O’ TV with a single entitled ‘It’s all good’ taken from her debut album which was released on the 17th December 2011.
• Nominated for the newly established MMA Malawi Music Awards event in 2011, in the best female category.
• Chosen to be an ambassador for climate change awareness campaign powered by the British Council.
• Selected to be part of the Crème Women in the Arts festival held in mid 2010 which she is also a member of.