ABOUT

A BRIEF BACKGROUND


Dr Thomas Hasani Chauke was born in 1952 in Saselamani Village near Malamulele in Limpopo. He left school at an early age to respond to his calling as a musician. His professional career as a recording artist started in 1980 at Gramophone Records Company, a Gallo subsidiary.


His style of music includes the sound of an electric guitar and female backers, which have earned him a unique place in the history of Xitsonga traditional music. His pioneering role in the development and evolution of Xitsonga music has been rewarded with a string of honours and awards.


Dr Chauke is the pride and joy of Vatsonga and has received support from the SABC radio station Munghana Lonene FM. The station has been behind Dr Chauke’s music career over the years and has bestowed him with no less than 11 merit awards, including a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006 and the Greatest Xitsonga Musician of Our Times’ award in 2013, for his sterling contribution to Tsonga culture.

ACCOLADES

Pride and Joy

Dr Chauke is the pride and joy of Vatsonga and has received support from the SABC radio station Munghana Lonene FM. The station has been behind Dr Chauke’s music career over the years and has bestowed him with no less than 11 merit awards, including a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006 and the Greatest Xitsonga Musician of Our Times’ award in 2013, for his sterling contribution to Tsonga culture.

"A Hu Fexeni" from Xiganga by Dr Thomas Chauke Na Shinyori Sisters.

GOLDEN SUCCESS

Presidential Recognition

Since 1994 Dr Chauke has amassed unsurpassed achievements as a recurrent recipient of the South African Music Awards statuettes in the traditional music category, conceding defeat only twice to his own son Themba Chauke and rival George Maluleke. He has achieved the same golden success after the inauguration of the South African Traditional Music Awards and a certificate of recognition from the former President of South Africa, Jacob Zuma.

"Ni Nge Vuli" from Xiganga by Dr Thomas Chauke Na Shinyori Sisters.