The late Soul Brothers legend David “Mdavu” Masondo (67) made a lot of music and he may have made many children.
“I don’t mean to embarrass my late father, but he had about 40 children. I’ll remember him as someone who loved himself very much,” claimed his eldest son Nkosinathi (47).
Nkosinathi said Mdavu also had two wives.
“He built a house with his wife, Mamsy MaSithole Masondo in Hammarsdale and another house with Wendy MaGumede Masondo in Joburg.”
He said Mamsy is no longer alive.
The news team visited Nkosinathi in the KwaZenzele, Mphophomeni area outside Howick, where David was born and grew up. David’s childhood friend, Smangasendlala Zondi (69), was also present. He said David was born on Dubela Farm.
“He went to Howick Combined School and moved to KwaZenzele here in Mphophomeni. He played in a band and would perform at six-to-six shows,” said Smangasendlala.
Smangasendlala said David visited a girlfriend in Hammarsdale and they went to Joburg and linked up with Hamilton Nzimande.
“They started Soul Brothers there and then. They were badly paid so they bought their own instruments and built their own Soul Brothers,” said Smangasendlala.
He said the name Gandaganda Base Ningizimu Afrika was given to them by the late Ukhozi FM’s Kansas City when they were fighting with Hamilton about the name.
Nkosinathi said his dad died before releasing his new album, which he made with Moses Ngwenya. He said the album included a track by Ladysmith Black Mambazo.
Nkosinathi said his father died on Sunday morning at Garden City Clinic in Joburg after kidney failure.
David’s memorial service will be held tomorrow at the Hammarsdale sports grounds.
One of David’s daughters, Mbali (27), confirmed that Nkosinathi was their brother.
“He is our elder brother but our father did not marry his mother,” said Mbali.