Yvonne Chaka Chaka Wins Big at the 2022 Basadi in Music Awards

South African music legend Yvonne Chaka Chaka has won the Lifetime Achievement Award at the inaugural Basadi in Music Awards.

Bongani Bingwa talks to South African music legend Yvonne Chaka Chaka about her Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2022 Basadi in Music Awards.

The Basadi in Music Awards aim to celebrate women who are making waves in the South African music industry.

Affectionately known as the Princess of Africa, Chaka Chaka has had one of South Africa’s most lucrative musical careers, spanning almost forty years.

What I’ve learned from this industry is that you never take anything for granted. Music evolves, things change, markets change, different people want different things, but if you’re down to earth and know who you are, know what you want, that’s what really got me going. .

Yvonne Chaka Chaka, legend of South African music

Having helped open the door for many other musicians, Chaka Chaka said she was excited to see where young musicians would take the industry.

I know it’s a dog-eating industry, it’s an unstable industry, but you know what? It can be done. If I did it, why can’t these kids do it?… People like Mama Dorothy, Mama Abigail, paved the way for us, why shouldn’t we pave the way for these young people too?

Yvonne Chaka Chaka, legend of South African music

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