Fes­ti­val to be held in hon­our of Cha­bane

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - RIVALANI MYAMBO

A POP­U­LAR Mala­mulele busi­ness­man, King Chauke, of Kingcha Me­dia, will host the an­nual Collins Cha­bane mu­sic fes­ti­val on Septem­ber 2 at the Mala­mulele Sta­dium.

Ac­cord­ing to him, the fes­ti­val will cel­e­brate the life of the min­is­ter and thank him for his con­tri­bu­tion as a mu­si­cian.

“We won’t be like other or­gan­is­ers who take artists from Gaut­eng and other prov­inces to come and per­form here in Lim­popo, but we will al­low 98% of our lo­cal artists to show­case their tal­ents,” said Chauke.

The an­nual fes­ti­val was launched and set to take place two years ago, but due to lo­gis­ti­cal is­sues, it was postponed to this year.

Matimba Cha­bane, the son of the late min­is­ter, has sup­ported the idea of hon­our­ing his fa­ther.

“As a fam­ily we sup­port this ini­tia­tive as my fa­ther loved mu­sic,” he said.

Among the artists set to per­form is the Zim­bab­wean group The Movers, who the min­is­ter used to sing for, crowd-puller Xit­songa mu­sic mae­stro Benny Mayen­gani, and many more.

Cha­bane’s love for mu­sic dates back to when he broke his teeth while play­ing the har­mon­ica when he was serv­ing a 10-year sen­tence on Robben Is­land.

In 2010, he re­ceived a Mung­hana Lonene FM life­time achieve­ment award, and dur­ing the same year, he re­ceived an­other award from the South African Mu­sic Rights Or­gan­i­sa­tion.

Cha­bane died in 2015 in a hor­rific car ac­ci­dent on the N1 along with his two body­guards.

NOTED: Late min­is­ter and leader of a mu­sic group, Collins Cha­bane, will be hon­oured at a mu­sic fes­ti­val.

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