Known for releasing hits and directing some of the hottest music videos, Yanga is a gem in the South African hip hop scene.
Local artists and media personalities acknowledge him as a “refreshing voice in the hip industry” so I had a young Q&A session with him to find out about his life and his latest offerings.
Q: Where are you from?
Q: How different are you than other artists your region?
A: I’ve been in joburg 11 years straight, I’m not too sure how the artists that side sound nowadays but I’d imagine we have a similar story to tell.
Q: What are your thoughts on the current state of the South African Hip-Hop scene?
A: We’re still developing, but we need to seize control before we become employees. Hip Hop is very influential and lucrative, we gotta protect ourselves by being in charge of ourselves.
Q: What was it like touring with AKA and the CashTime Life family? How did it influence your style?
A: Never really toured with Cashtime Life, I toured with Skwatta Kamo and it moulded my approach to music. Touring with AKA has taught me how to be the ultimate professional in a sometimes shady industry. It’s also taught me how to have fun but still maintain a level of discipline that inspires those around me to do more.
Q: What was the inspiration behind your latest single, Mntase?
A: My Lil bro and sis (twins) sometimes call me and ask for thugs I can’t provide. This song tells them that we’re almost at the promised land and soon all our sacrifices will amount to something greater than all of us. I’m just asking them to keep the faith and trust my vision.
Q: Where can our readers get your latest EP, Touch Is A Move?
A: TIAMEP is available for purchase on iTunes or for free streaming on AudioMack.com.
Q: In what ways has your newest music changed from when you first started?
A: It’s actually gone back to how I first started. I was a little hesitant to go down the kwaito route because I didn’t feel like my earlier kwaito sounding singles were well received. But now I’m so confident in my sound that I’ve gone back to doing what I do best. My new music sounds South African, that’s the best way to put it.
Q: Recommended any 3 hip hop artists to our readers which you feel deserve their attention.
A: Ma E, Makwa6eats and Myself.
Q: Is there anyone you’d like to give a Shoutout to?
A: My mom. She raised a crazy dreamer and she gave me room to become a game changer. My nephew Ethan and all Yanga Chief fans, it’s about to get crazy.
If there’s anything you’d like to ask Yanga, follow @ItsYangaChief on Twitter.