Birth Name: Makonnen Kamali Sheran

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, U.S.

Date of Birth: April 12, 1989

*father – Belizean [African, small amount of German, likely Indian, other]
*mother – African-American

iLoveMakonnen is an American rapper, singer, and record producer. He is known for his song “Tuesday,” featuring Drake. He was named after Emporer of Ethiopia, Haile Selassie, whose birth name was Tafari Makonnen. He has also been credited as Makonnen Danny Morris and ILOVEMAKONNEN.

Makonnen is the son of Sabrina Tate and Errol Sheran. His father is Belizean, and his mother is African-American. His paternal grandparents emigrated to the U.S. from Belize when it was British Honduras, a British colony. One of his grandmothers was an opera singer.

His older maternal half-brother, Kris Johnson, is a professional basketball player, whose father is professional basketball player Marques Johnson. Makonnen was raised mostly in South Los Angeles, by his father, and spent part of his childhood in Atlanta, Georgia, with his mother. A photo of Makonnen with his mother can be seen here.

Makonnen has described his ethnicity as “African-American, Indian, Irish, Belgian, German, Chinese.” His birth name Sheran can be South Asian, and there is a sizable South Asian community in Belize. It is not clear if Makonnen’s Irish, Belgian, or Chinese ancestry can be verified/documented.

Makonnen’s paternal grandfather was Lester Dalton Sheran/Beeks (the son of Owen Sheran and Primilina Dafne Alcionie Beeks).

Makonnen’s paternal grandmother was named Daphne Therese Heusner (the daughter of Florence Albertha Humes). Daphne’s father likely was Karl Heusner, who emigrated to Belize from Germany. Florence was Belizean.

Makonnen’s maternal grandmother was Virginia Caldwell (the daughter of Godfrey Caldwell and Walter Mae Wilson). Virginia was born in Florida, to parents who were born in Georgia. Godfrey was the son of Ernest Caldwell and Ida. Walter Mae was the daughter of Walter Wilson and Bessie Mitchell.


Birth record of Makonnen’s paternal grandfather, Lester Dalton Sheran/Beeks –

Birth record of Makonnen’s paternal grandmother, Daphne Therese Heusner –

Obituary of Makonnen’s maternal grandmother, Virginia Caldwell –

Obituary of Makonnen’s maternal great-aunt –

1 Response

  1. Mr. Postman says:

    Where did “Guyanese” come from?

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