Idols SA winner Yanga sticks to her plan to be a gospel star & it's working
She shocked many when she won Idols SA last year and declared that she would be the taking on gospel music instead of the typical pop route, but singer Yanga Sobetwa's first gospel single is promising to make her a force to be reckoned with.
Yanga, who is 17-years-old, decided that she would take the less troubled road and after her song Promised Land debuted at number one on the iTunes Gospel charts recently, it looks like she made the right choice.
"The song is inspired by harmony, peace and nation building. The song makes me feel like I am spreading a message of hope and I hope it touches someone's life," Yanga told TshisaLIVE.
Promised Land features multi award-winning Amanda Black and Grammy award-winning Soweto Gospel Choir, a collaboration she said was a dream come true and highlighted the amazing part of being an Idols SA winner.
"Being an Idol has its ups and downs. I have things I wouldn't have had if I hadn't entered Idols SA. There's a lot of pressure and pressure does break a person. With that being said, I've realised that it is up to me to make the pressure work for me. I've decided to deal with it like I am gold and I have to go through fire so that I come out shining and at my fullest potential," Yanga.
Yanga explained that being a recognisable face has been a tad frustrating for her and her family. She explained that living in a kasi at the same house she has been since she was born meant that people could just randomly pitch up and ask for selfies or come into her house.
The singer said there are times where she realises these people mean no harm but other times it's hard to constantly deal with the invasion of privacy.
"I do not have privacy at all and that has been the hardest thing for me. I'm the person who likes taking walks alone and jogging and I can't do that at the moment but it all a part of who I am now."
Yanga said she's content with the way things are going in her life and promised that her album will be well worth the wait.
If the reception of her first gospel hit is anything to go by, then she may be on to something!