Yvonne Chaka Chaka (born Yvonne Machaka in 1965). Chaka Chaka was born in Dobsonville in Soweto. She is an internationally recognised and highly respected South African singer, songwriter, entrepreneur, humanitarian and teacher.
Chaka Chaka had it tough growing up. Her father died when she was 11 and her mother, a domestic worker, brought up three daughters on her meagre salary. Chaka Chaka started singing at 19 in 1984 when Phil Hollis of Dephon Records discovered her in Johannesburg.
Chaka has been at the forefront of South African popular music for 27 years and has been popular in Zimbabwe, Kenya, Gabon, Sierra Leone and Ivory Coast.
Her début album was called "I’m in Love With a DJ'. As a young performer Yvonne was the first Black child to appear on South African television in 1981.
Songs like "I'm Burning Up", "Thank You Mister DJ", "I Cry for Freedom", "Makoti", "Motherland" and the ever-popular "Umqombothi" ("African Beer") ensured Yvonne's stardom. The song "Umqombothi" was featured in the opening scene of the 2004 movie Hotel Rwanda. She has performed for HRM Queen Elizabeth II, US President Bill Clinton, South African President Thabo Mbeki and a host of other world leaders.
Chaka has won several awards over the years. She teaches literacy part-time at the University of South Africa, sits on several boards of charitable organisations and NGOs, and serves on the board of the Johannesburg Tourism Company. Chaka Chaka succeeded in Africa, you too can succeed in Africa. #successstoriesafrica. #TransformationTuesdays#youwillsucceed#AFWN#Fashion#Afwn2017#nothingisimpossible #glam
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