Fred Khumalo was born in 1966, Chesterville and grew up in Mpumalanga Township near the industrial area of Hammersdale, Durban.As a teenager who had seen too much crime too early in his life,he decided to concentrate on my studies in the belief that education would be his passport out of the poverty, ignorance and violence of the ghetto. he studied hard, But he also got involved in a new craze sweeping the black townships of Durban.
A journalism graduate from Technikon Natal, Durban, Khumalo was a runner-up for the Nadine Gordimer Short Story Award in 1991. In 1996, he was a runner-up for the Bertrams V.O Literature of Africa Award and in 2004 the manuscript for his novel, The Oneness of Two in Three, received an honourable mention in the inaugural European Union Literary Awards. The following year his novel, Bitches' Brew was joint winner of the same award. The novel, a South African love story set in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, focuses on the epic love affair between Bra Zakes, a former amateur musician, bootlegger, mercenary and killer of great repute and Lettie, a shebeen queen. It traces the couple's lives and loves through the interweaving of history and memory in the tradition of village storytellers.
To call the American Dudes a gang would be a misnomer. They were a subculture that had sprung from the American hip-hop movement.
When he joined the movement we distinguished ourselves from other subcultures, such as the Mapantsulas who wore trousers with stovepipe legs, by wearing tight-fitting Bang-Bang jeans, tight-fitting muscle tops and high-heeled Watson shoes. Our hair would be done in either long bushy Afros or in gleaming curls. The clothes were always bright — pink, orange, yellow — as if to announce to all and sundry: look at me, I am a cheerful clean boy who doesn’t skulk around street corners. Khumalo now lives in Johannesburg. He worked as the Insight & Opinion editor for The Sunday Times, and for whom he also wrote a popular weekly socio-political column. He currently works as a freelance journalist and columnist.