Secrets Of Mdu Masilela Are Out

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A VISION, blurred or almost crystal clear, largely depends on lifestyle choices.

But we are getting ahead of ourselves, are we not? Hold that thought. First, come along as we follow the news. So, decent people came out to play on Friday night, the 27th of May 2022.  BMW Joburg City in Newtown was the playground. The occassion was a chilled celebration of the Tsiki Tsiki Yo, Mama Ka Nomsa and Chomi Yabana hit song maker – Mdu Masilela. 

THE SECOND IN COMMAND FIGHTER CAME IN PEACE

Shall we begin with some sort of end of the movie credits announcements. Football legend Doctor Khumalo was there, so was actor and musician Loyiso Mangena and kwaito star Mapaputsi came in a bit later.

Second, like Khumalo, Deputy President of EFF Floyd Shivambu wanted no journalist irritations, not fights on the night. “We are here to celebrate Mdu, that is all,” said the bucket hat-clad politician reclined on a couch. You see…, Therefore, social life has its good uses in society such as calming down politicians. In addition, what is social life without the performing arts and some spirits. Third, among the guest also was seasoned radio presenter SammyT. He did not miss the opportunity to whisper promote his 6 to 9 am weekend breakfast show on Kaya FM. Moving right along. Did you know the 1998 Mdu album Always Da Case, with songs like Mazola, Mabank Book and Kunje nje featuring Trompies, was a five-time platinum-selling record of 250 000 units? Big numbers those, back in the day.

Equally important is the 50/50 collaborative effort that Mdu nailed with the late Mandoza. Mduduzi Edmund Mandoza Tshabalala, famous for the song Nkalakatha, was a brother in performing arts and arms. Furthermore, with the song 50/50, let us say BIG UPS to Checkers for sampling the tune for its Sixty60 online shopping ad campaign.

KWAITO’S GODFATHER IS HALF A CENTURY OLD

In addition to the immediately previous paragraph, along with several other life and career achievements, Mdu deserves some applause. U bab’ Masilela turned the five decades corner on the 25th of April. 

“My wife, Sara, was born on the 5th of May. We are under the Taurus star sign. He!he!he..,” he chuckled. “Both of us are stubborn and loving, ambitious and smart.”

Regarding the quick-witted part, there is no reason not to believe Mdu. After all, his astuteness has made sure he is among those whose music career success demonstrates the potential economic power of arts. Alongside Oskido and Arthur Mafokate, among others in his generation…,
He proved that the continuing to get disadvantaged majority could get economically liberated in numbers through the arts. In the meantime, Mgarimbe style baba…, What is needed is coordinated cultivation of local artistic skills and a much more enabling environment.
Thanks to success in music and financial savviness, Mdu enjoys some economic freedom.

NO ONE IS PERFECT

Ah! Back to the opening line of this piece. Economic liberty stands to be enjoyed when there is a level of financial accountability and some discipline. “I am not perfect, but we must be honest. Some in the arts are not smart with their money. A person gets five thousand, ten or a hundred thousand from a gig, and you spend all of it. What about tomorrow because things can get dry in the music business.”

What matters is to play investor, detective and counsellor on self. Mdu encourages the practice of a self-correcting soldier of love and life. 

HELD HOSTAGE BY MDU

Quick tip.

Young one, try not to land in too many pitfalls – lest you self-correct to eternity as if you are the ANC. Anyway, just after 9 pm, there was still no movement from the direction of the kitchen. We are talking about food not fruits at night, haw’!

But thoughts of going back home where uphuthu namasi waited got thwarted. Due to some trick out of his mouth, Mdu held me as his hostage until after 11 pm. It was for a valid reason. Beyond Vocals, a Cappella group was worth staying until late. On that note, please come back later to this platform to enjoy their performance and a number of videos from thee event. At the time trays of meatballs started circulating, one was at the point of no return to the elevator.

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SORRY ABOUT THE GRAPEVINE

In conclusion. Say what? You expected a mabari-bari of who came with who and did what? Shh! Ithi ngutshene, ke. Ngiyakuhlebela njalo. Sesiyahleba angithi.

Hey, Mdu looks fantastic, uyazi. He does and says his formula is…,
“I drink lots of water. At night, I sleep when it is time to sleep.”
A naughty tone of voice accompanied the latter part of the statement.

Usile! Mdu, yaz’ abakutsheli. Kanti ufuna ukwenzani eb’suku?

Here is the answer. He paused and then saluted his late grandmother Roseline Motaung who passed in 2000. His mother, Dineo Masilela, passsed in 2013.

“From a social skills point of view, my grandmother taught me to humble myself, always respect everyone equally, and live with enthusiasm. She said not to let my possession possess me. I must own my creation and invest in people what I would like to see in myself. Lessons were to be learned from everyone every day cause life changes every minute and hour. The list is endless.”

Oh! Man. 

In conclusion, for real now. You do not know how gratifying it is to see a South African artist looking healthy and doing well.

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Busi Shibodze
Busi Shibodze
1 year ago

good character will take you a long way. Met and worked with Mdu when I joined music industry in 1994 and his character has contributed a lot in making him who he is.

salute my brother 🤩👏🏽👏🏽

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