Yael the French con­nec­tion at big Lof­tus Test

Lira and Bobby van Jaarsveld to share the stage

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - KARISHMA DIPA

JOBURG-born singer Yael will get her big break this week­end when she per­forms at to­mor­row’s rugby Test be­tween South Africa and France.

The songstress, who lives in Illovo, will be in good com­pany as she is set to share the stage with some of the coun­try’s lead­ing singers. They in­cludes Lira (real name Ler­ato Mo­lapo), who is also from Joburg and is a multi-plat­inum-sell­ing and award-win­ning soul vo­cal­ist ac­claimed around the world for her fu­sion of soul, funk and el­e­ments of jazz.

Afrikaans pop singer and song­writer Bobby van Jaarsveld will also en­ter­tain the crowd of sports lovers at Lof­tus Vers­feld Sta­dium in Pre­to­ria to­mor­row. Yael is a rel­a­tive new­comer to the mu­sic in­dus­try, and is known as a cross­over artist as she sings in both English and French, from clas­si­cal mu­sic to pop.

Yael will per­form the French na­tional an­them ahead of the South Africa v France se­ries-open­ing match, while Lira and Van Jaarsveld will per­form the South African na­tional an­them.

To­gether the trio are ex­pected to set the tone for the big match, which is ex­pected to at­tract a ca­pac­ity crowd.

Although Yael is rel­a­tively new to the game, she is thrilled to have the op­por­tu­nity to show­case her mu­si­cal tal­ents.

She added that she is proudly South African and is ex­cited about wel­com­ing the coun­try’s vis­i­tors by singing the French na­tional an­them, La Mar­seil­laise.

She ex­plained that she learnt to speak French as a child.

“As a child I could sing the an­them, which I learnt at school when I stud­ied French,” she said.

“Although I’m deeply pa­tri­otic, it’s a great hon­our to sing this an­them for our French vis­i­tors and to have the op­por­tu­nity to use my singing as an ex­pres­sion of mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism.

“I truly be­lieve that mu­sic can be a univer­sal lan­guage, cre­at­ing unity among us all.”

Apart from English and French, the mu­si­cian can speak sev­eral lan­guages and can sing in eight.

Born into a mu­si­cal fam­ily, she stud­ied piano, bal­let and drama as a child, and trained in clas­si­cal singing from the age of 16.

Last year, Yael re­leased her de­but al­bum, Fly Away, which was pro­duced by Richard Lor­ing, win­ner of a num­ber of life­time achieve­ment awards.

“The al­bum ex­plores a di­verse mix of clas­si­cal, rock and con­tem­po­rary songs writ­ten by, among oth­ers, David Fos­ter, Madonna, Brian May, Mick Jag­ger, Al­bert Ham­mond and Bar­bra Streisand.”

She added that she has the abil­ity, through her mu­sic, to tran­scend bound­aries of cul­ture, race, lan­guage and genre through African, Euro­pean, pop, folk and con­tem­po­rary mu­sic, which blend into one rich ex­pe­ri­ence.

PIC­TURE: STEVE CASTINGS

RARE TAL­ENT: Yael will per­form at the rugby Test be­tween South Africa and France at Lof­tus Vers­feld to­mor­row.

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