Xibelani Music project will pay tribute to the legendary musician Dr Thomas Hasani Chauke for his contribution to South African music.

Chauke(65) has been responsible for more than 40 years for development and promotion of Xitsonga music Traditional music in the country and on the continent .

His prolific song writing and performance with his Ximatsatsas brought Xitsonga music and culture to winder audiences

Chauke in 2015 was bestowed by the Order of Ikhamanga by President Jacob Zuma which recognises South Africans who have excellent in arts, culture, literature, music, journalist and sports.

Chauke won 16 SAMA awards including “Best Traditional Album awards” which he won in 2015. In 2013 the SAMAs awrdas also honoured him with “The living Legend awards”

He won 11 awards with Munghana Lonene fm including “The Greatest Xitsonga Musician of Our Times Award” which he was honoured with at the 2013 awards instalment.

There are also honours from the Vhembe and Mopani district municipalities as well as the KwaZulu-Natal premier’s office.

The University of Venda conferred an honorary doctorate on him reason why they called him Dr Thomas Chauke.

Kenny Shivambu, who spearheaded the project, said they initiated the project in the context of celebrating the South African cultural diversity while promoting social cohesion, job creation and ensuring social development through arts.

He said this year’s event will focus in honouring Chauke for his contribution to the Xitsonga Music .

The event will take place in Khalanga Lodge in N’wamitwa outside Tzaneen on the 24 November 2017.

When approached for comment Chauke was overwhelmed with joy about the event. He also thanks all the organizers.