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FaraiToday Exclusive: BLACK EYED PEAS’ Will.i.am & South Africa’s Yvonne Chaka Chaka Record Massive Good Song



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Singer Yvonne Chaka Chaka attended the MASSIVEGOOD STUDIO presented by Will.i.am and the Millennium Foundation at Esquire Apartment at Soho Mews on March 2, 2010 in New York City

So I had to track down the Princess of Africa, Yvonne Chaka Chaka to get some scoop from her on her recent trip to the US and her latest collaboration with Will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas! By the time I got to her, she was back in South Africa and had finished performing at Sun City for her 25th Anniversary (she definitely stays busy!) Here’s what we chatted about….

FaraiToday: Hey Sis Yvonne, I finally catch up with you and you are back in South Africa! How was your recent trip to the U.S?

Yvonne Chaka Chaka: Hi my love! Yes I am back and the trip overseas was really great! I had a fabulous time in America!

FaraiToday: Awesome, I’m glad to hear that! You must have been in and out because I tried to catch up with you while you were in the U.S!

Yvonne Chaka Chaka: Oh no, sorry that we missed each other! I was in New York City for four wonderful days!

FaraiToday: New York City is a fun city! Now Sis Yvonne, you were actually in the U.S to record a song with Black Eyed Peas’ Will.i.am, how was that experience?

Yvonne Chaka Chaka: Yes, I did a song with Will.i.am and you know it was a great experience to be in the studios with him. What was so remarkable about this whole experience was that Will.i.am donated his time & talent to do this for Massive Good. It is so encouraging to see a artist at that celebrity stature give back and give back so graciously as did Will.i.am! He is a very nice chap!

FaraiToday: And I am sure he must have thought the same of you Sis Yvonne! I mean you are the musical Princess of Africa! How did that collaboration come about?

Yvonne Chaka Chaka: Thank you love! Well, I am a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and the good folks over at the United Nations made the collaboration possible.

* Yvonne Chaka Chaka is the UNICEF and Roll Back Malaria Goodwill Ambassador.

FaraiToday: Ok, and this is for Massive Good, right?

Yvonne Chaka Chaka: Yes, my darling.

FaraiToday: Yeah, can you give us more info on what Massive Good is all about?

Yvonne Chaka Chaka: Massive Good is an initiative that will allow people to make small contributions when they buy a plane ticket, or reserve a hotel room or car and the money donated will go towards fighting HIV, TB & Malaria.

* Massive Good is a program of the Millennium Foundation, an independent non-profit organization that is helping the United Nations achieve the three health-related Millennium Development Goals which world leaders agreed to meet by 2015, which involve improving maternal and child health, and reducing the incidence of HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases.

FaraiToday: Nice! All for a good cause! Ok, can you give us a scoop on the song

Yvonne Chaka Chaka: The song is about social responsibility and the aim is to spread peace across around the world…

FaraiToday: Through music?

Yvonne Chaka Chaka: Yes, through music. The production was world class, top notch!

FaraiToday: So when is the song dropping?

Yvonne Chaka Chaka: I think the song is expected to be released in the next few months. And fans will be able to buy the song on the web as soon as it is released!

FaraiToday: Ok, that’s what’s up! Switching gears a little, the last time I saw you was in New York City on the red carpet at Radio City for the Nelson Mandela Inaugural concert. You were with your son Themba…

Yvonne Chaka Chaka: Yes, that’s right! Themba is now producing for Mandoza. Even though he is my son, Themba is so talented. We do fight when we are in the studio creating music together but that’s to be expected from artists (laughs)

* Mandoza is a South African kwaito musician.

FaraiToday:  And you just celebrated your 25th anniversary. Gosh, Sis Yvonne, it has been that long?

Yvonne Chaka Chaka: Yes 25 years of music. We just did the 25th anniversary concert in Sun City last Saturday. I flew from New York City to Paris then Jo’burg and on Friday I was my way to Sun City. Saturday I performed and it was a beautiful celebration. I had about 80 friends from Europe and North America come down as well to join in the celebrations. Our four First Ladies were there. Government officials were there, seven cabinet Ministers came too.

FaraiToday: Wow! Thank you so much for sharing with the world your gift of music! 25 years is a long time. What has been the key to your longevity in the game?

Yvonne Chaka Chaka: Well as an artist, you have to keep your feet to the ground. Respect your work and do not take your work or your fans, team, people in general for granted. This, I found has worked well for me.

FaraiToday: When can we expect new music from the Princess of Africa?

Yvonne Chaka Chaka: I have been recording music for the past 18 months. I am very picky with what I want on the new album, so I am taking my time to make sure it comes out right…that it sounds right! So we definitely have something in the pipeline for the fans!

FaraiToday: Exciting news! I am very sure your fans worldwide will be happy to hear this. Any parting words for your fans?

Yvonne Chaka Chaka: Thank you for the love and support and for allowing me to share with you my passion!

FaraiToday: Thank you Sis Yvonne for your time!

Yvonne Chaka Chaka: You are welcome love.

Peep some video footage of Yvonne Chaka Chaka & Will.i.am

With the Princess of Africa, Yvonne Chaka Chaka in New York City

How dope is this collabo with Yvonne Chaka Chaka from South Africa and Black Eyed Peas’ Will.i.am?!? Lovin’ it! Let us know what you think!

Muah & ♥ ya for it!

Photo: Getty / Zimbio

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  • Allegro D

    It’s always great to see artist from all over the world uniting for a good course or just for the fun of it…just goes to show how small the world is, everybody knows somebody who knows someone that they both know. We connected like that

  • Sizo

    Great work, great voice Yvonne. Your music gave us hope during apartheid years in South Africa and still spreading lots of love in Africa. Thank you for the music