Who Is Mphuzi Chauke?
Mphuzi Chauke is a recording African Jazz artist born and bred at Maphophe Village, Limpopo Province, South Africa. A second-born from a family of 6, he has been in the music industry for over 13 years performing with his bands in various formations, in the United Kingdom and now in South Africa.
Where It All Began
Mphuzi Chauke’s love for music started at an early age. He grew up listening to the legends of Tsonga music: Dr Thomas Chauke and Shinyori Sisters, the late General M. D. Shirinda and Samson Mthombeni. He made his first guitar from a 5 litre tin of Castrol Oil and fishing strings and taught himself how to play. “I remember making noise everyday to my mother and my siblings playing my guitar”, he says. Things took a turn for the better when he went to the University of Cape Town to study Civil Engineering. “My next door neighbour at the University residence I stayed in had an acoustic guitar and he used to play it outside his flat”, Mphuzi adds. He asked him to teach him how he played but he didn’t take it serious, thus he had to rely on looking how he was playing and that’s when he picked up few chords here and there.
“You can imagine the excitement I had when I learned D, A and G chords and from them I could play some few songs”, Mphuzi continues. This made him realise that Tsonga music was also based on the same chords and notes though those who played it rarely knew what they were. In the late 90’s he started writing his own African Jazz music hoping that one day he would get a chance to record it and many people would get to hear it.