Joined Aug 20 2010
42 years old
Yolanda Y'awa Creations
Yolanda Yawa hails from Gugulethu, a township situated in the east of Cape Town.
"My love and passion for 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" Yolanda says.
Surrounded by the spectacular beauty of Motherland, Yolanda is inspired by her love for her children, the sounds, fragrances, delicate intimacy of the beauty of nature and the serenity of the presence of life in Africa.
She started designing for the first Moravian Church Fashion show at the age of 13 years and then for her class mates in matric '94. Yolanda is one of the new faces and voices as a Singer, Dancer, Entrepreneur and Motivational speaker. 10 years ago she was diagnosed HIV positive and for the first time, she says, she knew she had a purpose in life bigger than what she could imagine.
"Being HIV positive made me realise 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 now that I'm living my dreams as a Solo Artist and the proud owner of P'ayeye Boutique&Cafe/restaurant, 'The Sky Is The Limit', says Yolanda.
Yolanda has been invited to be a motivational speaker for thousands of people at the Likhwezi Concert at the Waterfront in Cape Town. She has also travelled around the world with Women unite Marimba Band, Tucan Tucan Afro-latin Band and Coda as ambassadors for South Africa. Being so strong willed and passionate has touched many hearts around the world.
Joining Coda was one of the best moves that Yolanda could have made as she has reached out to millions with her voice, words and sense of worth as an African woman. Within the first year Coda was nominated as one of the five best bands for the Top Billing/Momentum Awards of the Year in 2007, for its fresh original sounds and trendy fashion style - thanks to the touch and styling of Y'awa Creations.
Yolanda has since left Coda to realise her dream as a Solo Artist and successful entrepreneur.