YVONNE CHAKA CHAKA

Yvonne Chaka Chaka is known as the Princess of Africa – an internationally recognized performing artist and entrepreneur. As a young performer Yvonne was the first black child to appear on South African television, in 1981.

The walls of her studio feature the platinum, gold, and silver hit records she has received and range from her debut single “I am in love” to “Umqombothi”, which was used in the opening scene of the 2005 movie Hotel Rwanda. She has shared the stage with megastars such as Bono, Angelique Kidjo, Annie Lennox, YoussouN’Dour, the classic rock band Queen, and South Africans Johnny Clegg, Miriam Makeba, and Hugh Masekela.

Yvonne has performed for HRM Queen Elizabeth, US President Bill Clinton, former South African President Thabo Mbeki, and many other world leaders. Her music awards include the SAMA, KORA, OKTV, Autumn Harvest, and a host of others for musical excellence. She has consistently developed her creative capabilities and expanded her media repertoire to include musician, record producer, talk radio and television shows, and acting in several South African television dramas including her debut feature film, Foreign Demos.

Nelson Mandela, who refers to Yvonne affectionately as “Madiba” or his “dear daughter”, recounts that it was Yvonne’s music that helped sustain him and others, while confined as prisoners on Robben Island. As an entrepreneur, Yvonne created an events and promotions company, a music label and a humanitarian organization as well. She is also a board member of Information Technology Companies, Human Resource Development and Sandown Motors. She became the face of First National Bank (FNB) in 2001.