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Yolanda Y'awa first solo cd album launch 'Crossova' was a huge success.  Held at the piazza at the Cape Quarter Lifestyle Centre it was the perfect setting for a stunning concert.  We were treated at Voila to Peroni drinks and snacks from Cafe Cru. Luckily for us the restaurants that surround the piazza had front row seats.

The concert started with township dancers doing a gig and three gorgeous muses dressed to the nines. This set the scene for an energetic and modern / eclectic performance .  The outfits were amazing and gorgeous. So much thought was put into the design that it was a fashion show in itself. The colourful, exciting, vibrant  fabrics brought out the personalities of the performers.  There is obviously design talent. Yolanda then appeared on the stage in an outfit with a pussy cat bow in a mix of green and red, with striped legging and red shoes. She is enigmatic and talented with a larger than life personality. 

The Gugulethu tenors accompanied her with sounds of joy and a song of happiness. They way these guys can sing is so beautiful. Their operatic voices filled the piazza that if your closed your eyes your could be in Rome.

So they say; when in Rome, or in this case Africa, do as the African's do. Yolanda got the crowds on their feet doing a type of 'diski' dance. I'm not sure what it is called but it makes everyone from mama to child to move one's body.

Yolanda 's songs are inspired by heart-felt lyrics. She has gone through her trials and tribulations but remains a pillar of strength, inspired to excel as a creative and is a light for her loves and joys. Her songs 'Be Free', 'Forgiveness', 'Rejoice' reveal a message of hope.

Her album has a distinct African feel, with memories of Brenda Fassie, a big personality and beautiful strong voice. She is not shy to say that she is a child of Africa and for that I applaud her. She is accompanied by a band that is equally talented and plays a range of sounds to bring out the best in this creative performer.

The evening couldn't get better, having won the raffle for a custom-made shirt from Vogel & Aitken - extraordinary shirts for extraordinary men. We were also given a goodie bag to take home with Wild Olive soap and a signed copy of her album which I played in the CD player of my car on the way home.

Leaving with song words from the song 'Brand New Day'

Every time I wake up to a bright new day
I put on my make up
Baby ain't I lovely...
I open up my window to a brand new day
With lots of possibilities
In each and every way...



Her shaking rhythm had me tapping my feet to the beat. I love the way she moves. Such energy and poise with just a hint of madness.

Yolanda Yawa exudes glamour in the most glorious way. Her style lies somewhere between Gwen Stefani and John Galliano. Bright colours and an eclectic mix of fabrics were draped over her figure making her look like the mad hatter at a township tea party. Even her band members were decked out in Afro chic style. But style and bodily rhythm aren’t the only thing Yawa has to offer.

Her voice is uniquely African, a perfect symbol of her hometown of Gugulethu. The spirit of township living, of hardship, struggles and fierce pride, flows through her music. I was taken back to King William’s Town in the 1960s – a time when music was used as a form of resistance. Although some of her songs were devoid of such social commentary she still reminds us of what it means to be proudly South African.

Hers is the music of a post-apartheid South Africa. She stands for the generation who is allowed to be loud and outspoken. The lively textures and neurotic design of her clothing compliment her exuberant presence. An absolute feast for the eyes, Yolanda Yawa provides all that we crave in a performer. She is daring and dramatic and she lights up the stage with a contagious township tempo.

By Mustapha Hendricks

Yolanda Yawa’s debut album launch took place on March 31st at The Square, Cape Quarter.

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Ashley & Filip


Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!! :) 

You are absolutely inspiring, I cant wait to hear more of your music, keep us posted on your progress.

Lots of Love


 Sarah-Leigh Paul@SarahLeighPaul

@yolanda_yawa- Yolanda Y'awa - powerful, strong, inspiring woman. Such an inspiration. @yesiamsomebody http://t.co/Dd6UqVRr


The client absolutely 

We were so lucky to have Yolanda during the opening event of the first world conference on personality in this fabulous place Spier, near Cape Town. Her ENERGY, connection to the audience, and amazing voice gave an anormous boost to the conference. After long trips from various places in the world, her songs and dynamic performance put the delegates right in the heart of South Africa. An unforgettable experience!!

Prof.Boele de Raad says




On behalf of Common Purpose I would like to take the opportunity to thank you so much for sharing your thoughts with us on our programme day themed Courage: I can lead. The participants on the Navigator course found the engagement insightful, inspirational and informative. I thought you may be interested in hearing some of the feedback of how the participants experienced the learning opportunity with you.Here are their comments:

 • All I can say is WOW

Amazing, awesome, wow and fantastic

I was really inspired

Global messages from very personal places

Very powerful and inspiring

Inspirational, thank you so much

Brilliant, I envy the peace and confidence. I can listen for hours and have learnt a lot

Inspirational and engaging

We value our engagements with leaders like you and we look forward to engaging with you in future.


Melanie Burke

Common Purpose Thank you!