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Yanga So­betwa was 16 when she stepped up to the au­di­tion cam­era in a ca­sual mil­i­tary green jump­suit and pur­ple glad­i­a­tors, her hair sim­ply tied into a bun with her twist braids. She turned 17 in the Idols house and has stepped out glow­ing and con­fi­dent with gor­geous nat­u­ral hair. She’s as con­fi­dent as she was in the start, so cer­tain she’d pick up a golden ticket she’d al­ready ar­ranged longdis­tance learn­ing with her school, Rhodes High, ahead of the au­di­tions. She had to prove judges Ran­dall Abra­hams and Somizi Mh­longo wrong, who pre­dicted she’d crash. The girl can un­leash high notes with that small body and that hoarse voice, and who can for­get her show­stop­per per­for­mance where she belted out Letta Mbulu’s hit an­them Not Yet Uhuru – and scored a stand­ing ova­tion? Head­ing into the fi­nale, with Somizi lay­ing his jacket on the floor for her to step on, Ms Yanga is queen­ing.


FIERCE Watch­ing Yanga sing her high notes and pow­er­ful songs on stage is bliss

FLEDG­LING Yanga So­betwa was only 16 when she au­di­tioned for the show

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