M’du Masilela Biography

Mdu Masilela back in studio to 'save kwaito'

M’du Masilela (full name, Mduduzi Masilela) also known as The Godfather or Chomi Yabana is a living legend in the music industry in South Africa. He is popularly known for the Kwaito Music genre. He was born in Zola South in 1970. M’du began his music aspirations on his grandmother’s piano. As a young man in school, M’du created several music groups. On completion of his matric studies, he began performing with artists such as Pat Shange, Yvonne Chaka Chaka and Sello ‘Chicco’ Twala. M’du and his long time friend and collaborator, Mandla ‘Spikiri’ Mofokeng formed MM Deluxe in 1988 to showcase their talents by mixing township music with international dance music. M’du had his debut album released in 1990, titled ‘LA Beat’. He will forever be known as the Godfather of Kwaito Music.

About 20 years ago, M’du Masilela married his high school sweetheart Sarah Masilela and they now habe three children together. Over the years, M’du’s love life has been splashed in the tabloids over the years, with rumours of infidelity and a love-child supposedly ripping the family apart. A couple of years ago, the Sunday World tabloid newspaper accused Masilela of having an affair with another woman, Bathile Mebe, who worked at OR Tambo International Airport as an American Express cashier and originally from Ga-Rankuwa in Tshwane. Bathabile Mebe allegedly mothered his love-child around 2006. It was reported that this nearly broke up Masilela’s marriage with his wife, Sarah Masilela.

But Sarah later forgave M’du and the couple decided to take the love child in and raise it together with their three kids at their upmarket matrimonial home in Morningside, near Sandton north on Jozi.


Back to what M’du Masilela is best known for, Kwaito Music & entertainment… Since his debut album, he has released many successful albums and collaborated with some of the best musicians in South Africa. He is known not only as a singer, but also as a keyboardist, bassist and composer.

M’du is the definition of a ‘diamond in the dirt’. His illustrious career boasts 20 years of releasing countless classic albums and producing some of the best music in Southern Africa. His ear for talent and music has seen him grooming artists in his group, Mashamplani, discovering MaWillies and providing tracks for Sharon Dee, remixes for Kenny Lattimore and the list goes on. His music transcends most of the genres in the South African Music Industry.

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M’du Masilela Discography

Solo Albums

  Tsiki Tsiki (Cass, Album) Teal Records TEC2408 1994
  Y U 4 Me (CD, Album) Sony Music South Africa ESA000001 R 1995
  Shwabana Ghost Mixes (CD, Album) Sony Music South Africa CDEPC 8020 1996
  Ipompe (CD, Album) Sony Music South Africa CDEPC 8026 (N) 1996
  Always da Case (CD, Album) Sony Music Entertainment (South Africa) CDEPC8050 1997
  M’Du Or Die (CD, Album) Epic CDEPC 8081 1998
  24 Seven (CD, Album) Epic CDEPC 8128 1999
  2000 M'du Masilela - Godfather of Kwaito Music - Album - NO PAS NO SPECIAL No Pas No Special (CD, Album) Epic/ Sony SA CDEPC 8161 2000
  The Godfather (CD, Album) Epic CDEPC 8185 2001
  The Godfather – Chissa (CD, Album) Sony Music CDEPC 8214 2002
  The Godfather Greatest Hits (CD, Album) Epic CDEPC 8246 2004
  2004 M'du Masilela - Godfather of Kwaito Music - Album - Ya Rocka Ya Rocka (CD, Album) Mdu Records   2004
  2006 M'du Masilela - Godfather of Kwaito Music - Album - The Very best of Mdu The Very Best of Mdu (CD, Album) Heita/ SONY SA CDHEITA018 2006


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