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Yvonne Chaka Chaka reveals why the 2024 Legends and Legacy All Africa Music Awards honour

yvonne chaka chaka honour
yvonne chaka chaka honour

The 2024 Legends and Legacy All Africa Music Awards, scheduled for June 2024, will honour Yvonne Chaka Chaka, a legendary figure in South African music. As the 2024 elections take place, South Africans are now exercising their democratic rights.

Bana Africa conducted an interview with the legendary artist, who has been working in the entertainment industry for the last four decades and has witnessed numerous changes within the music industry.


During South Africa’s celebration of thirty years of democracy, the Princess of Africa shared her thoughts and aspirations for the industry.

“It’s hardly a child’s play after thirty years of democracy, she said. “It has been a long journey to get to this independence, and I often stress the need to embrace and consider what our ancestors had in mind for us.”

Despite the countless advances that independence has enabled, individuals in South Africa keep encountering obstacles such as not being able to wear miniskirts on the street, the reprimanding and raping of grandparents, and the sexual assault of children as young as two years old. It raises the question, “Is this the democracy that we have been eagerly anticipating?”


“I would want to strongly encourage our leaders and our people to reevaluate our course of action. We watched out for one another, were there for one another, and defended one another when apartheid was in effect. “Why is it that we are unable to achieve it today, after thirty years?”

The singer realises that the arts and entertainment industry is still very far behind, considering that it has made major advances to South Africa and the rest of the globe over the past three decades.

“I want to convey to young people who have aspirations to work in the creative industry that the level of competition has levelled, and I want to empower them to work towards their dreams, particularly young girls,” she said.

“I understand that some of you have completed your education; you understand the importance of studying music and excelling in the creative sector.” It doesn’t matter whether you want to work in animation, sculpting, or filmmaking; whatever you want to do, you have to do it. We require assistance from those in positions of authority.

“The only thing I have to say is that people in general do not want giveaways; rather, they want a handup. This is true for both large enterprises and the government. We can achieve this by levelling the playing field for our young people, just as they are doing today.

Chaka Chaka emphasised the importance of maintaining the sector, as it provides the necessary funds to cover their taxes, UIFs, and retirement annuities. Chaka Chaka emphasised that living in poverty is unacceptable.

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Written by Rama Chibunde

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