Yvonne Chaka Chaka Musical Artist

Yvonne Chaka Chaka (born Yvonne Machaka in 1965) is a South African singer. Dubbed the "Princess of Africa", Chaka Chaka has been at the forefront of South African popular music for 20 years. Songs like "I'm Burning Up", "thank you mister dj", "I Cry for Freedom", "Makoti", "Motherland" and the ever-popular "Umqombothi" ("African Beer") ensured Yvonne's stardom. The song "Umqombothi" was featured in the opening scene of the 2004 movie Hotel Rwanda. 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", "Sangoma","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.

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Date of birth
South Africa


1. University of South Africa Colleges/University

The University of South Africa (Unisa) is the largest university on the African continent and attracts a third of all higher education students in South Africa. The university has a student headcount of over 300 000 students, including African and international students in 130 countries worldwide, making it one of the world's mega universities.

Type Public university
Preller Street Muckleneuk, 0003 - Pretoria, Gauteng
2009. 220,110
2009. 29,011
Official web page www.unisa.ac.za
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Notable alumni by career
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People attended University of South Africa connected by profession and/or age

b. 1966., Professor
b. 1963., Person or entity appearing in film
b. 1962., Professional Boxer
b. 1965., Politician
b. 1962., Composer
b. 1953., Lawyer
b. 1942., Politician
b. 1936., Politician

Music albums

Album title Release date Release type Recording type Recording length Additional artists Contributors
Power of Afrika
April 30th, 1995 Album on compact disc


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