MEET #NAMA2019 JUDGE: YVONNE CHAKA CHAKA FROM SOUTH AFRICA

#NAMA2019 INTERNATIONAL JUDGE: YVONNE CHAKA CHAKA (SOUTH AFRICA)

Yvonne Chaka Chaka is an internationally recognized South African singer, songwriter, entrepreneur, humanitarian and teacher. Dubbed the “Princess of Africa” Chaka 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. Songs like “I’m Burning Up”, “Thank You Mr Dj”, “I Cry For Freedom”, “Motherland” and the ever-popular “Umqombothi” ensured Yvonne’s stardom. The song “Umqombothi” was featured in the opening scene of the 2004 movie Hotel Rwanda. As a young performer Yvonne 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, Angelique 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 is a champion for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, the United Nations MDG Envoy for Africa, and the Goodwill Ambassador for the Roll Back Malaria Partnership. She was chosen by Nelson Mandela as the first ambassador for his children’s fund, and has also established her own charity, the Princess of Africa Foundation, using the name first given to her in Uganda. The Princess of Africa Foundation is a partner of the ACTION global health advocacy partnership. In 2012, she was the first African woman to receive the World Economic Forum’s Crystal Award. She teaches literacy part-time at the University of South Africa, sits on several boards of charitable organizations and NGOs, and serves on the boards of the Johannesburg Tourism Company as well as Executive Board Member of the Hall of Fame Africa and the League of Kings & Queens.

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