Legendary Xitsonga traditional musician HW Makhubele who is a veteran of more than 40 years in showbiz has hailed people who have assisted him in his music career.
HW, whose real names are Hlengani William Makhubele is one of the most well-known names in his type of music and has won several awards including the Living Legend award from SABC station Munghana Lonene,
A week ago, he caused a stir when he launched two DVD’s of the CD’s titled DJ Brian and the one titled The Best of HW Makhubele.
DJ Brian is a well-known Munghana Lonene presenter Brian Rikhotso who co-hosts a popular morning show with Conny Mashimbye another well-known name.
In the same DJ Brian CD two other tracks are named after top figure, Golden Shikwambane who is a well-known community leader and Hosi Ngove II of the Mabunda traditional council.
Asked why three tracks in his CD are dedicated to the three people, Makhubele who is 85 said: “I had decided to leave showbiz after more than 40 years, DJ Brian interviewed me in hiss show and said he expected to continue recording until I die.
He said I had no business to leave showbiz because my name is synonymous with Xitsonga traditional music.”
He said he told DJ Brian that he because of age his fingers were not in a good condition to strum the guitar.
“I told him I would come in a new way with xylophones and that is the new music in my new CD,”he said.
He said Shikwambane has sponsored his music projects for the last few years.
“It does not happen every day that someone emerges to sponsor your project and does not get anything in return and Shikwambane has been doing that. He is a good community leader, “said Makhubele of the former ward councilor at the Greater Giyani Local municipality.
Shikwambane has been sponsoring the veteran musician since 2018.
He said of his traditional leader: “Hosi Ngove II is my leader and I am proud of him. I decided to compose a track on him to express my respect for my leader.”
Although this was done under lockdown conditions at his Baleni Home, a substantial number of people came to witness the event.
Both projects were sponsored by Ephraim Mabasa, a community builder from Muswana village in the Collins Chabane Local Municipality.
HW Makhubele has been a musician since 1979 and has recorded with the giant Gallo records.
He is one of the artists who performed in areas like Jabulami Amphitheatre in Soweto during the 80s.