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Yvonne Chaka Chaka Biography
Yvonne Chaka Chaka (born by Yvonne Machaka on 18th March, 1965) is an internationally recognized South African singer, songwriter, actress, entrepreneur, humanitarian and teacher. Dubbed the “Princess of Africa ” (a name she received after a 1990 tour), Chaka Chaka has been at the forefront of South African popular music for 35 years and has been popular in Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Gabon, Sierra Leone and Ivory Coast. Songs like “I’m Burning Up”, “Thank You Mr. DJ”, “I Cry For Freedom”, “Motherland” and the ever-popular “Umqombothi” (“African Beer”) ensured Chaka Chaka’s stardom. The song “Umqombothi” was featured in the opening scene of the 2004 movie Hotel Rwanda.
As a young performer Chaka Chaka was the first Black child to appear on South African television in 1981. Since then, she has shared the stage with persons such as Bono, Angélique Kidjo, Annie Lennox, Youssou N’Dour, the crossover group Appassionante, the classic rock band Queen and South Africans Johnny Clegg, Miriam Makeba and Hugh Masekela, to name a few. She has performed for Queen Elizabeth II, US President Bill Clinton, South African President Thabo Mbeki and a host of other world leaders.
Yvonne Chaka Chaka Ablbums includes I’m Burning Up (1986), Sangoma (1987), Thank You Mr. DJ (1987), I Cry For Freedom (1988), The Power of Afrika (1996), Back On My Feet (1997), Bombani (Tiko Rahina) (1997) and lots more.
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