It’s barely been a week since Yanga Sobetwa was crowned as the 2018’s South African Idol but she already has big dreams for her career – She has her eyes set on making gospel music.
The 17-year-old is currently on cloud 9 after edging out competition from the country’s best unsigned singers to win this year’s edition of SA Idols. From the early stages of the knockout rounds, Yanga was already emerging as a favourite. She maintained her strong performance record all the way to the very end and according to many viewers, she proved to be a deserving winner.
As the excitement from her massive win begins to die down, her focus will now be on forging a career as a hit-maker in South Africa and it looks as if she’s already defined the kind of music she wants to make.
In an interview with Tshisa Live, Yanga revealed that she is ready to brand herself as a gospel star and has always wanted to make worship music.
In the interview she said: “From the get go, from when I entered Idols, my vision was always very clear. I want to help bring teenagers closer to God through music and that is through gospel music. I want to make gospel pop music, like vibey gospel music. I can’t wait for my album and for people to hear it.”
Despite the fact that she’s not yet old enough to vote, Yanga appears to possess talent, humility and perspective beyond her years. There aren’t many teenagers who can admit to being millionaires (well, maybe except Robbie Malinga Junior) but Yanga isn’t getting carried away by the R1 million prize money she received after winning the singing competition.
She commented: “Of course I’m excited about the moolah, but I’m just going to put it in a fixed account, for a year or so. In the meantime, I’ll be enjoying my other prizes like there is no need to use that money. I have vouchers which I’ll use for shopping and, yeah, I’m just going to enjoy living my dream. I mean it’s a million bucks. We are in a recession, and I need to use it wisely.”
For now, however, Yanga is determined to finally get some rest after a gruelling three-month-campaign on SA Idols.
She spoke to the Sowetan and revealed how all she is currently craving is the opportunity to SLEEP!
“I’m a bit tired, but so happy. I slept for like two hours. There was an after-party… danced a lot and mingled with people. I just want to sleep after three months. The journey has been exciting and fun”.
With a smart head on her shoulders and a golden voice to match, Yanga looks set to become one of South Africa’s most gifted gospel artists. Could we have witnessed the birth of a legendary career on this show?