South African musician and humanitarian Yvonne Chaka Chaka received the International Global Good Star and Power Award at the BET Awards.
Known as the Princess of Africa, she was she was acknowledged for helping those affected by Malaria, HIV/Aids and Tuberculosis.
The event took place in Los Angeles. According to an interview with the highly acclaimed singer, she ‘never ever anticipated it’.
BEST INTERNATIONAL: AFRICA
BEST INTERNATIONAL: EUROPE
VIEWER’S CHOICE “BEST INTERNATIONAL ACT”
GLOBAL GOOD: STAR AWARD
Ilwad Elman (Somalia/Canada)
GLOBAL GOOD: POWER AWARD
Yvonne Chaka Chaka (South Africa)
Yvonne Chaka Chaka is an internationally recognised and highly respected South African singer, songwriter, entrepreneur, humanitarian and teacher. Dubbed the “Princess of Africa” (a name she received after a 1990 tour), Chaka Chaka has been at the forefront of South African popular music for 27 years and has been popular in Zimbabwe, Kenya, Gabon, Sierra Leone and Ivory Coast. Songs like “I’m Burning Up”, “Thank You Mister DJ”, “I Cry for Freedom”, “Makoti”, “Motherland” and the ever-popular “Umqombothi” (“African Beer”) ensured Yvonne’s stardom. The song “Umqombothi” was featured in the opening scene of the 2004 movie Hotel Rwanda.