South African legendary singer Yvonne Chaka Chaka will perform a Special Musical Tribute to 20 Years of South African Democracy at AAI’s 30th Annual Awards Gala on Monday, September 22, at Gotham Hall in New York City.
The award-winning artist will perform “Amazing Man”, a moving song dedicated to South African President and anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela. She performed the song on September 23, 2013 at the South-South Awards in New York City, where Mandela was honored with a Humanitarian Award and Madame Graҫa Machel with a Humanitarian Achievement Recognition. The musical tribute would be Yvonne’s last honor given to “Madiba”, as Mandela is affectionately called, before his passing.
A passionate supporter of ending of apartheid, the Soweto-born singer voiced her opposition in hit songs such as “I Cry for Freedom” and “Motherland”. While imprisoned, Nelson Mandela wrote to Yvonne describing how her music sustained him, and credits her with a vital role in ending apartheid.
After almost 30 years in the music industry, Yvonne has produced 22 albums, including many Platinum and Gold hit records, making her one of Africa’s most successful artists. Known as “the Princess of Africa”, she has shared the stage with megastars such as Bono, Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys, Aretha Franklin, Angelique Kidjo, Will.I.Am, Annie Lennox, Youssou N’Dour, Queen, and South African’s Johnny Clegg, Miriam Makeba, and Hugh Masekela, to name a few.
Yvonne has performed worldwide before world leaders such as the HRM Queen Elizabeth, U.S. President Bill Clinton, South African Presidents Nelson Mandela, Thabo Mbeki, Jacob Zuma and many other distinguished leaders.
Yvonne Chaka Chaka’s performance was possible with support from Princess of Africa Foundation and ShockRA Entertainment.
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WATCH: “Amazing Man”