Yolanda Y’awa is an acclaimed singer who has also travelled around the world with bands like Women unite Marimba Band, Tucan Tucan Afro-latin Band and Coda as ambassadors for South Africa and has recently toured Europe as a Solo artist. Being so strong willed and passionate has touched many hearts around the world. She has also shared the stage with the likes of Oliver Mtukudzi, Jimmy Dludlu, Freshlyground, Bongo Muffin, Kwela Tebza, Malaika and many more top SA and international artists.
She started singing at a very tender age. Y'awa hails from Gugulethu, a township situated in the east of Cape Town. "My love and passion for music and fashion started when I was still a toddler, where I used to dress anything that resembled a figure or statue. I've always had flair for good stylish clothes, a sense of line, colour, form and a sense of balance and proportion, and an eye for detail" Y'awa says.
Some of her highlights as an artist is being the lead singer of the Afro-fusion band, Coda; performing at international festivals like Afrika Festiva Wurzburg in Germany and also CMJ Marathon in New York. And also being invited to sing the national anthems of South Africa and Austrilia at the international rugby match in 2006. In September'11, Y'awa has received numerous invitations to showcase locally and internationally to prestige Music Conferences and exhibitions like, Popkomm Music Exhibition in Berlin and she also attended the SXSW 2012 Music Exhibition in Austin, Texas and WOMEX'13 to create an alliance of networks and contacts that will in turn invest in South African sought after and up and coming artists.
Y'awa has since left Coda to realise her dream as a Solo Artist and successful entrepreneur. In 2010 she launched her debut album, "CrossOva: in a glamorous and breathtaking production and performance which included original material with a twist of Afro-contemporary jazz, afro-pop with a touch of reggae and Latin at the Cape Quarter Lifestyle Village. Y'awa is now working on her 2nd album, NEW CODE.
YOLANDA Y'AWA is a versatile artists and brand ambassador that offers a variety of services and packages from being a Singer, MC(Mistress of Ceremonies) to Motivational Speaking to being a Model and also a Fashion speaker/stylist. She has rendered her amazing skills and services at romantic private beach weddings, corporate events, fashion launches, parliamentary events to music concerts and festivals. She is a charismatic, energetic and stylish personality that is guaranteed to give a spectacular , heart-warming experience.
YOLANDA Y'AWA'S A CAPELLA SET
Enjoy an intimate soulful performance with her romantic, jazzy meets spanish/latin guitar strings, guaranteed to make anyone listening to tap to the sound of her sultry voice that magnifies her African pride. This set features songs like Ain't No Sunshine ( Xhosa/English remixed version), Pata Pata, jazz standards like Malaika and Fever, together with more inspiring songs and love melodies from her debut album - CrossOva.
SOLO WITH BACKING TRACKS SET
Y'AWA offers a vibey and yet loungy set of original and well-known covers enough to get people dancing or singing along to some of her catchy tunes like, BAM BAM PIO, a song dedicated to her two gorgeous boys - LUVUYO & UTHANDO.
SMASH SET with violinist, DJ and 2 backing dancers
For a more live and upbeat performance, Y'AWA showcases her vocal and African dance talents being accompanied by electrifying violin strings and a DJ. This set has been a hit at fashion parties and some corporate and music conferences, especially when she's been joined by her two beautifufl and flexible backing dancers. As a fashion designer and style icon, Y'AWA always showcases her 'EFFORTLESS' sense of style even on stage.
THE YOLANDA Y'AWA FULL BAND SET
Enjoy a breath-taking Afro-contemporary jazz meets Afro-dance pop set that showcases Y'AWA's musical talents and her electric fusion inspired song styles.
MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKING & MC ENGAGEMENTS
Being so free-spirited, bubbly, Y'AWA is inspirational and yet mesmerizing leaving her audiences wowed and proud to experience first-hand her inner beauty that shows her strong-willingness to live a posivite and passionate life!
She is indeed a RISING STAR, the SHIKANDA STARR...