Okmalumkoolkat’s biography, fact, career, awards, net worth and life story

Intro South african singer
Is Singer
From South Africa
Type Music
Gender male

27 July 1983, Umlazi, eThekwini, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Age 37 years
Star sign Leo

Smiso Zwane (born 27 July 1983), commonly known by his stage name Okmalumkoolkat (sometimes stylized as OkMalumKoolKat) is a South African rapper and half of the rap/electronic duo, Dirty Paraffin. Smiso Zwane is known for a feature in Cassper Nyovest’s “Gusheshe”, and his famous single, “Mswenkofontein” featuring $tilo Magolide & uSanele.

Life and career

Okmalumkoolkat was born in Umlazi, Durban. After graduating from college, Okmalumkoolkat moved to Johannesburg where he met Doctor SpiZee, with whom he formed Dirty Paraffin.

The pair lived together and both shared a mutual passion for art which eventually led to them collaborating several times. After the house in which they lived was robbed, they had to go job hunting. Using the skills he had garnered during his college years, he designed layouts and brands for companies; most notably, Nike.

In 2012 Okmalumkoolkat worked the London production trio LV on their album, Sebenza released under Hyperdub.

2013–present: Gusheshe & Holy Oxygen EP

Okmalumkoolkat was featured on Cassper Nyovest’s “Gusheshe” which was met with positive reviews. He is currently signed to Austrian label Affine Records under which he has released his debut EP, Holy Oxygen.

Indecent assault conviction

Zwane received a six-month jail (five months suspended) sentence in Hobart, Tasmania in January 2016 for indecently touching a female colleague in a Hobart hotel room while attending the 2016 MONA FOMA festival. He returned drunk to the Old Woolstore Hotel in Hobart and was unable to find his room, following which he entered a female artists hotel room and indecently assaulted her. Zwane’s lawyers requested a fine instead of jail sentence but were knockedback as Zwane was scheduled to leave Australia the next day and the fine couldn’t be enforced once he was overseas.


  • Holy Oxygen (EP) (2014)
  • 100k MaCassette(Mixtape) (2015)

As featured artist

List of singles as featured artist, with other performing artists, showing year released and album name
Year Title Other artist(s) Album
2013 “Gusheshe” Cassper Nyovest Tsholofelo
2014 “Amantombazane” Riky Rick Family Values
“Amantombazane (Remix)” Riky Rick, Kwesta, Kid X, Nadia Nakai, Ginger Trill Family Values
“Bump the Cheese Up (Remix)” Reason, AKA, Tol A$$ Mo Non-album single
“Nice Shandees” Sibot Arc Eyes (EP)
“Bob Mabena” JR, Spoek Mathambo TBA