The ‘flower of Gugs’ to perform Saturday

2015-09-10 06:00
Yolanda Y’awa is living her dream as a solo artist.

Yolanda Y’awa is living her dream as a solo artist.

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Once described as “a flower from Gugulethu”, Yolanda Y’awa, is set to launch her second album at the Alliance Francaise in CBD on Saturday 12 September.

Y’awa’s original compositions on her new album, titled Perfectly IMperfect are described as Afro-contemporary jazz, Afro-dance pop, and soul with a touch of fusion and country.

As a former vocalist with Coda, Y’awa has travelled around the world with bands like Women Unite Marimba Band, Tucan Tucan, and Coda.

She has shared a stage with the likes of Oliver Mtukudzi, Freshlyground, Parlotones, Bongo Muffin, Beatenberg and Malaika.

Y’awa, who is renowned for her passion for her country, was invited to perform the national anthem at the test match between Australia and South Africa in 2006, along with Justin Burgh.

She has sung at Afrika Festival Wurzburg, Germany and the CMJ Marathon in New York.

At home, she has sung at many corporate and private events including at Desmond Tutu’s 75th birthday.

She says her inspiration as a local and international singer is due to “living in a beautiful city, full of fragrances and sounds.” She is also inspired by her two beautiful children.

Y’awa’s mix of talents is an inspiration. She is a singer, fashion designer and motivational speaker.

At the release of her latest album in September she will show off a 2016 calendar that she has designed following the theme of Perfectly Imperfect and featuring 12 couture clothing designs under her fashion label, Y’AWA Creations.

One of Y’awa’s passions is to give back to the less priviliged and this has inspired her to donate a percentage of her album proceeds to the Amy Biehl Foundation.

Perfectly IMperfect was recorded at Traxstudio and produced by Riaan Steyn.

Tickets for Y’awa’s show at Alliance Francaise, 155 Loop Street, Cape Town on Saturday September 12 are available from www.quicket.co.za. Visit http://yolandayawa.webs.com/ for more information

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