Grew up in Kwazulu-Natal and began to learn the guitar in the late 1950s. In the early 1960s he started performing as a session musician and performing in shabeens.
He also learnt to play the violin. Over the next thirty years he played on sessions with a wide variety of musicians including the Boyoyo Boys, West Nkosi, Robart Bopape and the Mohatella Queens.
In 1986 he recorded the Grooving Jive No. 1 EP (with Shifty Records) as a member of the Jo’burg City Stars.
In 1989 he recorded his first solo album with Shifty Records, The Art of Noise.