Chaka Chaka’s enduring musical journey

Yvonne Chaka Chaka PIC: PHATSIMO KAPENG
Yvonne Chaka Chaka PIC: PHATSIMO KAPENG

Yvonne Ntombizodwa Machaka also known as The Princess of Africa was born in Dobsonville in Soweto. She became the first Black child to appear on South African television, in 1981 "Sugar Shack", a popular, talent show, introduced her to the South African public.

Chaka Chaka started singing at the age of 19 in 1985 when Phil Hollis of Dephon Records discovered her. Shortly after, her debut album "I’m in Love With a DJ", sold 35,000 copies, and the title track became an instant hit.

Songs like "I'm Burning Up", "I Cry for Freedom", "Makoti", "Motherland" and the ever-popular, "Umqombothi" immediately ensured Chaka Chaka's status as a star on South Africa's music scene.

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Implement the recommendations Mr. President

The nation is eagerly awaiting this report to have a glimpse of what the recommendations are like, possibly for further debate. Mr. President, it’s our ardent hope that true to your promises, the public will have an opportunity to peruse the report and see if it reflects their interests as the Commission went around the length and breadth of the country collecting views of the people with some choosing to write to the Commission’s...

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