Influences: Asa, India Arie, Anita Baker, Sia, Gill Scott, Miriam Makeba
I've been an artist for over 30 years specializing in Afro-jazz and Afro-contemporary pop.
I'm passionate about my craft and like to collaborate with people who can share my passion.
She 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. 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. Joining Coda was one of the best moves that Y'awa 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.
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" Yolanda says.
In 2013, Y´awa got an opportunity to perform at the Afrika Festival Wurzbug, Germany and CMJ Marathon, New York. This talented beauty continues to up her game in the music industry as she has recently released her 2nd studio album, Perfectly IMperfect which she will promote internationally.
INTERNATIONAL NOTEWORTHY PERFORMANCES
On top of the numerous international opportunities Yolanda has enjoyed together with acts like WOMEN Unite, Coda and Tucan Tucan, international highlights as a Soloist include:
-Europe Tour in Holland and Switzerland 2013
-Performing at the CMJ Marathon 2014 in New York
-Performiing at De Lindenberg Theatre in Nijmegen, Netherlands
-Performiing at the Afrika Wurzburg Festival 2014 in Germany
-Being invitited to perform at Popkomm Music Exhibition in Berlin during September 2011
-Attending the SXSW 2012 Music Exhibition in Austin, Texas to create an alliance of networks and contacts that will in turn INVEST in South African sought after and up and coming artists.
-Being invited to sing the SA and Australian national anthems next to Justin Burgh at the rugby MATCH between SA and Australia June 16 2006.