Kwaito music veteran Mdu Masilela is back in the music game and his new image gives him the attention he needs. “I have never had a beard before and my wife is the one who advised me to change my image,” Masilela said.
While some of his fellow Kwaito pioneers have passed on and some are down and out, Mdu says he is on a quest to revive the Kwaito music genre. “My fans demanded that I come back and save Kwaito and I am back,” he said.
Although Masilela does not believe Kwaito is dead, he says he is ready for the challenge to prove that it will always be relevant. “Kwaito is not dead, as long as the townships still exist, Kwaito will always be there,” said Masilela.
He says Kwaito music is part of our African heritage. “We look up to America to save us and we forget to nurture own creations. People have just neglected where they come from and they are no longer proud of their African roots.”
Masilela says he is not looking to release a new album yet, but will be releasing singles featuring other Mzansi artists, such as Cassper Nyovest, Emtee and whoever else is willing.