Mkhululi Ncube, Showbiz Reporter
KEZI based Rhumba musician Modius Chauke, who leads Amathonga Brothers – a Rhumba band, celebrated his 50th birthday and 34 years in the music industry at his rural home on Sunday with an all-night gig.
Fellow Rhumba artistes celebrated with the Osiphatheleni hit maker as they took turns to entertain villagers.
“It was a double celebration and I really enjoyed the day, celebrating my birthday and being celebrated for the 34 years I have been in the music industry. In my 50 years on earth, I have never had a birthday party so it was something to cherish. Several musicians who include Ndux Junior, Samathwala,Vikinduku,Young man and other up-coming artistes from my area graced the occasion,” he said.
The Tsholotsho born musician said three big goats were slaughtered for the event.
He said two cakes were on the table, one marking his birthday and another celebrating his years in music.
“My mother, who resides in Ngamo, Tsholotsho where I was born, my uncle and a number of relatives travelled all the way to celebrate with me. The community as well came in their numbers which was a good thing to see,” he said.
Chauke was born on 12 September 1971 in Ngamo Village under Chief Mathuphula .
He began his music journey in 1988 with Tsholotsho Super Sounds before he joined the late Rhumba legend Ndux Malax in 1990.
“I have been in the music industry for a long time now. The history of Rhumba music can never be complete without my name. Discipline is what has taken me this far as you know several artistes could not live long due to failure to fame. I thank God for taking me this far,” said Chauke.
Though born in Tsholotsho, Chauke relocated to the St Joseph’s area in Matobo District.
He sang for a long time with Abafundisi band before going solo. His albums include Isiphiwo Sami, Empilweni, Awusanginanzi, Osiphatheleni, Umkhwananzi, Kabathembeki, Abafelwakazi, Umoya Wami, Isikhombekhombe and his last recording was in 2020 – Umshado Wevila .
“As long as I am alive, I will continue to record music despite the challenges of poor returns. My fans should expect new staff soon. I will continue supplementing my music with my other skills as a farmer and builder,” said the father of six. — @themkhust