Mdu Masilela, also called The Godfather or Chomi Yabana, is a South African musician who specializes in the Kwaito music genre. He is best known for his work as one of the pioneers of Kwaito music together with the likes of Boom Shaka, Trompies, and Mandoza back in the 1990s. You may also know him from the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award he won at the South Africa Music Awards. Here is all about him.
Did you know that Mdu has worked with legends like the one and only Yvonne Chakachaka? So, what else is there to know about the Godfather himself? This interesting Mdu Masilela life story will give you a better understanding of this living Mzansi legend.
Mdu Masilela profile summary
- Full name: Mduduzi Masilela
- Date of birth: April 25th, 1970
- Place of birth: Zola, Soweto, South Africa
- Mdu Masilela age: 50 years old as of 2020
- Nationality: South African
- Mdu Masilela Instagram: @mdu.masilela
- Mdu Masilela Facebook: @mdumusic
- Mdu Masilela Twitter: @mdumasilela
- Relationship status: Married
- Occupation: Musician
- Famous for: His work as one of the pioneers of the Kwaito music (South African Hip Hop)
- Contacts: Call +27(11) 884 33335
- Booking agent: email@example.com
Mdu Masilela biography
Growing up in the streets of Soweto, Mdu used to play around with his grandmother’s piano because of his love for music. In school, he created a number of music groups until he completed his matric. After school, he formed the group MM Deluxe with the fellow artist Mandla ‘Spikiri’ Mofokeng in 1988. Two years later, in 1990, he released his debut album called LA Beat. Currently, he lives in his upmarket house at Morningside near Sandton.
Since releasing his debut album, Mduduzi has been actively involved in the music scene in various capacities, not just as a singer. He has also been known to compose as well as being a bassist and keyboardist. Mdu has also been instrumental in giving opportunities to upcoming musicians such as Sharon Dee and MaWillies.
Mdu Masilela albums
The following are his albums:
- Tsiki Tsiki (1994)
- Y U 4 Me (1995)
- Ipompe (1996)
- Shwabana Ghost Mixes (1996)
- Always da Case (1997)
- M’Du or Die (1998)
- 24 Seven (1999)
- No Pas No Special (2000)
- The Godfather (2001)
- The Godfather - Chissa (2002)
- Ya Rocka (2004)
- The Godfather Greatest Hits (2004)
- C-Simple (2005)
- The Very best of Mdu (2006)
Mdu Masilela songs
His legendary songs include:
- Waya Waya
- Hey Kop
- Kunje Nje
- Y Wena 4 Yena
- 24 Seven
- Mdu or die
- Wolla Wolla
- Ijob job
- Tsiki Tsiki
- Why you for me
- Is Vokol Is Niks
- Y U 4 Me
- O Suna Mang (Ke Le Teng)
- O Ksalayo Siya Jola
- U Snooze U Loose
Mdu Masilela wife and children
Mdu is married to Sarah Masilela, his childhood sweetheart. The couple is blessed with three children.
However, Mdu's marriage story is marred by accusations of cheating on his partner with recent rumors stating that he paid lobola for his baby's mama, Sibahle Dlamini, back in 2016. In 2012, he was accused by Sunday World tabloid of having extra-marital affairs with Tshwane's Bathile Mebe, an American Express cashier at OR Tambo International Airport. From this affair, it was alleged that the two got a baby in 2006, and Sarah, Mdu's legal wife, almost left. However, Sarah forgave her husband, and they opted to raise the baby together with their other 3 kids.
The talented musician was also accused of abusing his wife Sarah and even going so much as to threaten her with a gun. However, his wife came out to support her husband and denied the allegations. He was also accused of assaulting his baby's mama, Sibahle, in 2017. This seemed to anger some fans who have also disagreed with ANC MP Mduduzi Manana who was also accused of assault once.
Mdu Masilela cars
Mduduzi's first car was a powder-blue Mazda Dombolo 323 that he bought for less than R5000, which made him the envy of the town for a few days before it started acting up. He eventually got rid of it and bought a Citi Golf. His latest ride is a high-powered super classic sports car.
Mdu Masilela latest news
Recently, Mr. Masilela was with Samthing Soweto sharing a stage and celebrating the latter’s success on having one his songs reach platinum status. It seems he is still on his mission to promote young talent in South Africa.
Clearly, Mdu Masilela is a true definition of 'diamond in the dirt' based on his interesting life story. In as much as his love life has been on the tabloids several times for the wrong reasons, we can all agree that his talent is unmatched. He has been in the game for decades and is still on his mission to promote young talent in Mzans, and we wish him all the best.
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