Educated at Lovedale Institute & Fort Hare University (South Africa) he taught at high schools in South Africa and Lesotho. ; First black person to obtain a degree from a South African university: Bachelor of Music (The University of South Africa). He was coached by Friedrich Hartmann, an Austrian émigré who was Profession of Music at Rhodes University (South Africa). ; He composed a symphonic poem (performed worldwide) three descriptive piano pieces and a quantity of choral music based on biblical texts. ; He was South African President Thabo Mbeki's maternal uncle.