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Yolanda YawaLocation: Based in Cape Town
With her exquisite voice, captivating stage presence, and extensive repertoire, Yolanda Yawa is one of Cape Town and South Africa's sought after performers and ambassadors, as well as an accomplished fashion designer and business entrepreneur.
This Multi-talented artist hails from Gugulethu in Cape Town, and became known as the dynamic lead singer from Coda in 2005. With Yolanda as lead-singer, Coda was nominated, along with 4 other bands, for a Top Billing/Momentum Award in 2007, and performed at many prestigious events both locally and abroad. Having gone solo in 2009, Yolanda launched her solo debut album CrossOva in March 2011 - a delightful collection of original material with a twist of Afro-contemporary jazz, afro-pop with a touch of reggae and Latin - which has garnered significant interest locally and abroad.
Other awards and accolades include the Peace Prize for the Composition of a Peace Song for the Peace Vision '96, 2nd Prize for the Best Dressed Couple @ J&B Met '99, 2nd Prize winner for the Sanlam Money Game Show '02 and Best designer for the Fashion Police Fashion Show'09.
Yolanda has shared stages with the likes of Oliver Mtukudzi, Jimmy Dludlu, Freshlyground, Bongo Muffin, Kwela Tebza, Malaika and many more top SA and international artists. She revels in her ability to reach thousands with her voice, words and sense of worth as an African woman.
Live Musical Performance:
Yolanda performs with backtrack, or with a live 5-piece Afro-Jazz Band
As an accomplished brand and persornality, Y'awa has been invited as a Motivational speaker and Keynote speaker by companies like PPCEB, Common Purpose, Success in Heels to community arts organisations and schools. Her inspiring, passionate and warm personality has touched many with her positive attitude towards life and living positively with HIV. Y'awa discovered 14 years ago she was diagnosed HIV positive and for the first time, she knew she had a purpose in life bigger than what she could imagine. Her message is clear: "Being HIV positive made me realize how special I am and how I can use my strengths and talents to live positively. Creative beading helped me in the lowest points of my life and l now that I'm living my dreams as a Solo Artist. THE SKY IS THE LIMIT. We only realize what we had when we lose it, but for me I NEVER realized what I was missing, which was PURPOSE, until I was diagnosed!"
MC & Dancer:
Y'awa is also known for her trade mark "African Contemporary dance stances" that are so therapeutic and offers a breath of fresh air to those around her. Her bubbly and yet calm personality is sought to engage even the smallest child. Y’awa is determined to inspire through her life experience and her journey as a strong African woman who discovered her voice from a very tender age. She’s also know for facilitating dance classes to an international market and has also been invited as the Mistress of Ceremeonies(MC) for prestigious events with organizations like TB/HIV Care.
International Noteworthy Performances
On top of the numerous international opportunities Yolanda has enjoyed together with acts like Women Unite, Coda and Tucan Tucan, international highlights as a soloist include:
- Being invitated to perform at Popkomm Music Exhibition in Berlin during September 2011
- Attending the SXSW 2012 Music Exhibition in Austin, Texas to create an alliance of networks and contacts that will in turn invest in South African sought after and up and coming artists.
- Being invited to sing the SA and Australian national anthems next to Justin Burgh at the rugby match between SA and Australia June 16 2006.
The client absolutely LOVED Yolanda. Thank you!!
Danelle Prins, Sorrento Events
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Typical Budget for Yolanda Yawa is
R12000 - R30000.
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