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Yvonne Chaka Chaka Collaborates With Afrikaans Singer Karen In A Shona Song

Yvonne explains the journey that led to the making of the newly released track.

Yvonne Chaka Chaka Collaborates With Afrikaans Singer Karen In A Shona Song. Legendary musician Yvonne Chaka Chaka has announced the news she has been working on a new project with Afrikaans singer Karen which is a song sang in Shona language. The song is titled Kana Uchema which translates to “When you cry, I feel the pain.”

Speaking to TshisaLIVE Yvonne said that the idea for the collab happened when Karen invited her to a KykNET show to perform.

“When I was invited, I thought ‘but this is in Afrikaans. How many Afrikaners know Yvonne?'”

When Karen asked her if she would work with her on a track, Yvonne suggested a Shona song and crossed fingers that Karen would be game.

“I felt bad because it was a Shona song ,but I was so surprised. She sang so well. I had gooseflesh. In fact, we had one rehearsal and when I got there she knew all the words and was very impressed.”

The star went on to speak of how the collab was not something one would usually expect but enjoyed the experience.

“It is not something that you would expect and even when the song first aired I was in Tanzania reading tweets about myself in Afrikaans. My notifications were going and I thought ‘What have I done?’ I also didn’t understand a lot of the Afrikaans so some of my Afrikaans friends were calling me to tell me what was being said.”

Yvonne recently released a new album, Keep Looking at Me, which again features her singing about issues close to her.

“My music is inspired by what I feel and what I experience. I tell my story through it. For years we used to used to fight for freedom, now we fight for an education and service delivery. I hope that my music will inspire people to take a stand against the failure to deliver services. Music is not about entertaining anymore, it is about educating.”



Source : TshisaLIVE

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