The Godfather of 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.
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.