“I’ve always had a vision ...”- Yanga

2018-11-22 06:02
Yanga Sobetwa (17) singing her new single, “Scars (All Over Me)”..PHOTO: Mzansi magic

Yanga Sobetwa (17) singing her new single, “Scars (All Over Me)”..PHOTO: Mzansi magic

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Despite her Idols win, 17-year-old Yanga Sobetwa, from Delft, says she aspires to study entertainment law and later open a music academy to help those with hidden talents in her community.

“I’m planning to continue with my studies. I am a book girl. I have so many skills and dreams that I want to fulfil, like entertainment law. I’m planning on freezing the money for up to a year and to just live off the gig money and possible sponsorship.”

“My 10-year plan that I set up before Idols is that I’d like to have a PhD degree in music, and I’d like to open my own production company and a music academy as well – that’s what I definitely still want to do,” she says.

In a previous interview she revealed that should she win the competition, she intends to be homeschooled next year in order to accommodate her final year in matric and manage her career.

The teen from Leiden was crowned the Idols Season 14 winner on Sunday 18 November.

TygerBurger, City Vision’s sister paper, attended the final in Carnival City, Johannesburg. The Rhodes High learner announced that it was ‘through the grace of God’ that she made it.

“I feel that I don’t deserve to be here, but at the same time I’m really blessed to have people who feel that I deserved this win and would like to thank everyone for their votes.”

She intends to inspire the youth through gospel music.

“I’ve always had a vision for myself. My vision is to bring teenagers closer to God through music, so it’s been the vision before Idols and it doesn’t have to change now. So gospel all the way and gospel pop.”

Yanga said her family supported her tremendously throughout her Idols journey. When she auditioned for the competition, she said her father and older sister accompanied her.

“They were very supportive from the get-go. And then, as the competition went on, I ended up in the Top 16, then my mom came into play as well and she was like, ‘This is actually working!’

“And every Sunday, when I saw them in the crowd, I felt like my heart was melting because not many 17-year olds get to make their parents proud.”

“The other day, I saw my parents in a photo in the newspaper and my dad was smiling. And I felt my heart just melting and I cried. I feel really humbled to have been part of Idols, because my parents are really proud.”

Yanga is expected to return to Cape Town within two weeks.

Ward 13 councillor Michelle Adonis, told City Vision she had arranged to have a fanpark on the day of the show in support of Yanga.

The fan park took place at the Voorbrug Sports Field on Sunday afternoon, with live entertainment for the crowd.

“We rallied behind her as a community because she is seen as beacon of hope for our youth.

A group called Team Yanga also campaigned for her votes. Through her achievement, she has proved that no matter what your circumstances, you can rise above all limitations.”

Adonis said thousands of residents came out in support of Yanga. Together, the community watched the show on the field.

“On that day, there was no violence reported at the event. For the first time, the Delft community was highlighted for something good and that is a wonderful feeling. The community united on the day to support Yanga.”

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