BPEd in Music, University Fort Hare, South Africa, 1978. Master of Music, University Massachusetts, 1985. Doctor of Philosophy, Soas, University London, 1990.
Teacher Lovedale Training College, Alice - Eastern Cape, 1979, Nondeba High School, King Williams, 1980. Head department Zwelitsha Training College, 1981. Deputy principal Tmiqhayi High School, 1982.
Lecturer music Transkei College, Mthatha, 1990. Senior lecturer music Walter Sisulu University, 1994, head music department, since 1993. Co-author book project Swedish-South African Research Network, Pretoria, South Africa, 2002—2008.
Co-author moral regeneration research project Department Arts & Culture. Consultant art culture Department Arts Culture European Commission, Kings William's Town, South Africa, 2005—2008. Founder African Music Archive, Mthatha, Eastern Cape, since 2000, director, since 2000.
Member of Pan African Society Musical Arts Education, South African Research Society Music, International Society Music Education.
Married Pumza Donsta, September 12, 1981. Children: Aviwe Donsta, Siza Donsta.