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Yvonne Chaka Chaka


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Chaka Chaka was born in Dobsonville in Soweto. She became the first Black child to appear on South African television. In 1981 “Sugar Shack”, a talent show, introduced her to the South African public.

Chaka Chaka started singing at 19 in 1985 when Phil Hollis of Dephon Records discovered her in Johannesburg. 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 mbaqanga music scene.

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 40 Rand a month salary.
She has two diplomas from the University of South Africa, one in adult education, another in local government, management and administration. She also studied speech and drama at Trinity College, London, qualifying in 1997.

Releasing hit after hit, Chaka Chaka’s subsequent award winning albums include “Burning Up”, “Sangoma”, “Who’s The Boss”, “Motherland”, ” Be Proud to be African”, “Thank You Mr DJ”, “Back on my Feet”, “Rhythm of Life”, “Who’s got the Power”, “Bombani ( Tiko Rahini), “Power of Afrika”, “Yvonne and Friends” and “Kwenzenjani”.

Chaka Chaka owns a limousine company together with her husband, Dr Mandlalele Mhinga, has her own music label and her own production company. 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.


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  • 1000GRAUZ

    Since 89 she touched my soul till now. Angola love you Ivonne

    13 Sep 2010 Reply
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  • dugggy

    hahahahahahah! im with oryem

    10 May 2009 Reply
  • victorious44

    aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!! I can't beleive this website actually has her music I'm so happy ^_^

    22 Mar 2009 Reply
  • Oryem

    YEs, we are all just DYING to know.

    16 Feb 2008 Reply
  • tobitofustickz

    I'm confused about why I have heard umboqothi with a slower, almost synthesized sound,and then with a more distinct use of ethnic instruments and more upbeat.Did she record this song twice?Anybody have the answer?

    26 Dec 2006 Reply

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