Gospel ac­cord­ing to idol Yanga

Win­ner wants to spread the Word to the youth via mu­sic

Sunday World - - Life - By So­maya Stock­en­stroom

The Cape Flats must have magic wa­ters af­ter it pro­duced two Idols in the past two years.

Yanga So­betwa, from Delft, lives a stone’s throw away from Pax­ton Fielies’ neigh­bour­hood of Bishop Lavis.

“I never ever saw her around – only on Idols. I thought to my­self if she can do this, I surely can,” Yanga says of her neigh­bour.

The teenager, who won sea­son 14 last Sun­day, says it was the sup­port of her com­mu­nity and purely God’s work that she won the Idols crown. She now wants to be used as her cre­ator’s in­stru­ment to change the mind­set of the youth to fol­low a more spir­i­tual path.

“I’ve been on this spir­i­tual path for the last two years. Mu­sic is an in­ter­na­tional lan­guage ev­ery­one un­der­stands so I de­cided to speak to the youth es­pe­cially through gospel mu­sic,” says the 17 year old.

Since she walked off the stage last Sun­day evening, she’s been in­un­dated with re­quests for in­ter­views and says the news has barely sunk in. She adds that her life as she knew it has changed.

Al­though she’s still a scholar, she agrees that she is ma­ture in her years and men­tally framed to han­dle the fame.

“I hope to re­main grounded and fo­cus on the main goal. It’s about the mu­sic,” she says adding that she has put her win­nings on hold and is not plan­ning on spend­ing the R1m any time soon.

The youngest con­tes­tant in sea­son 14 says she was in­spired to en­ter by Loy­iso Gi­jana, who was a con­tes­tant in 2015. He was also 16 at the time. “I was lit­er­ally count­ing the days to when I turned 16 so I could en­ter.”

Al­though the grade 11 pupil tried to keep up with her school work through dis­tance learn­ing, due to the de­mand­ing re­hears­ing sched­ule, she couldn’t keep up with her stud­ies in the end. But she says all is not lost as she will make up for it through pro­gres­sive tests to be able to progress to grade 12 next year.

“My school, Rhodes High, was very sup­port­ive through­out this jour­ney. And I need to fo­cus next year be­cause I’m pas­sion­ate about study­ing en­ter­tain­ment law and fur­ther­ing my mu­sic stud­ies be­yond ma­tric,” she says.

“I also want to do mo­ti­va­tional talks, I wanna be able to es­tab­lish my own mu­sic acad­emy so I can give back to young peo­ple who are tal­ented. I must get into Juil­liard Mu­sic school which is like the best mu­si­cal school ever!” The iconic in­sti­tu­tion is in New York.

Pas­sion­ate about many things, suc­ceed­ing in the gospel genre is by far her main goal.

“I started writ­ing mu­sic many years ago. So ma­te­rial for the al­bum is not an is­sue. I also sang [as a] back-up so I knew I could do this Idols jour­ney. I chose to do gospel pop be­cause it’s the per­fect plat­form to reach the youth. It doesn’t have to be bor­ing.”

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