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Mduduzi Mahlobo

Mduduzi Mahlobo

Mduduzi Mahlobo is a Jazz guitarist and vocalist from Durban. He has got a very broad base of musical influences as his background that shape the kind of performer he is today. He has an amazing ability to play and sing a popular cover song as if it was made with him in mind, while remaining as thorough when he branches to the genre of Jazz.

He was born in Kwamashu then moved to White City Inanda in 1984. He later relocated in 86 to Johannesburg in search of opportunities, where he met up with Ozias Cele at Dorkey House.

This was a meeting point for most musicians during the apartheid days in South Africa. Mduduzi(Mdu) later met with Dan Nkosi 88, worked with him playing Bass guitar and recorded hit single Ganda Ganda. He also played with the then very popular Zinzi Congo and recorded "Come Duze".

A few years later the band members parted ways then he saw an opportunity to form a group witch performed cover versions.. "Amajida", the music business was changing, not being based on live musicians like before so he decided to return home. Mdu began to busk in Durban's busy hotspots like flea markets, rugby match entrances .

That is about the same time he met Bongani Nkwanyana, a Bassist who performed with the legendary Sipho Gumede. They formed a group called "Jika" together with Nelson on keyboards. He also connected with legendary Brian Thusi who invited him to his band as a guitarist.

Currently he plays for the well seasoned UMkumbane Jazz band. Mdu met with Malcolm Nhleko owner of Maltre Productions whilst recording Brian Thusi's 1st Album. Maltre signed Mdu to release his first debut late 2012. The album is called "Life Goes Round". In 2013/14 he has released a new album titled Mduduzi Mahlobo Unplugged.

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