He had an interest in music from an early age and in 1976 played flute for a time. By 1979 he had started playing professionally with a group. After some difficulties he began a successful career in the United Kingdom in 1988 and later worked with Hugh Masekela. Since then he has had a number of successes and in 2003 he won the South African Music Award in the Traditional Jazz category.
In 2007 he gained news attention in South Africa due to the murder of his daughter Nonceba Mzondo.