Andiswa Makana was born in Port Elizabeth, a town in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa. She started singing at a very young age, by the age of 10 she was chosen to represent her province by singing in the Eastern Cape Children’s Choir and later also in the Eastern Cape Youth Choir where she was chosen to sing as a soloist in both these choirs, which travelled internationally annually. After matriculating she studied Drama and Musical Theatre at Stageworld Theatre College in Port Elizabeth where she obtained a Certifi cate from the London Trinity College. She is currently registered as a BTech (Degree) student at the Tshwane University of Technology, Pretoria, where she is studying Vocal Art (opera studies).
While at TUT she has done the following opera roles: Micaela in Carmen by Bizet, Mimi in Puccini's La Bohème, Gertrude in Hänsel und Gretel by Humperdinck. Professionally she has sung the roles of the Second Maiden in Mzilikazi Khumalo's Princess Magogo ka Dinuzulu and Winnie Madikizela Mandela (understudy) in Bongani Ndodana-Breen's new opera which was premiered in South Africa in 2011.
She participated in the 2011 ATKV Singing Competition, where she obtained the third overall prize. She also had the privilege of participating in her fi rst international singing competition, the China International Vocal Competition in Ningbo. She also has sung the soprano role in Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle. In 2012 she has premiered in Phelelani Mnomiya's opera Ziyankomo and the Forbidden Fruit, performing the role of The Second Gossiper.