#CreatePreneurAfrica, South Africa’s Soul Rhythm Singing Sensation, ‘Yolisa Dumez’

Welcome to the soul sounds of Yolisa Dumezweni. After working as a professional forensic analyst for a full year, she decided to follow her inspirational lifelong calling and seed a career in music.

Her passionate voice churns out rhythmic melodies of inspiration, hope and  unconditional love that reaches out with tunes depicting a world of possibilities where anything is possible!

Born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa, rooted in a Xhosa ancestry,  her music-loving soul was captured at an early age. She was only four years old when she attentively listened to the tunes of Tracy Chapman and hummed along.

Early beginnings sparked off when she was discovered by a primary school teacher who invited her to sing at the school assembly.

Balancing career and family, the single mother moved to Melbourne in 2013 and pursued her studies at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia majoring in  Bachelor of Accounting. In 2018, after a year of working as a forensic analyst, she decided to pursue a musical career. And the year is rhythmically sparking off in soul sounds and she has upcoming performances with  David Marama!

 

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‘‘The challenges that I faced over the years have led my passion to share my stories and inspire all around me to be the best versions of themselves through the power of music’            Yolisa Dumez  

 

 

Meet #CreatePreneurAfrica – Yolisa Dumez’ Soul sounds from South Africa

 

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Tell us what drives you? What is your true passion in life?

The process of becoming. I’ve had to learn, sometimes in painful ways, that “it is not about the destination, it is about the journey”.

When you are aligned to who you truly are, you are able to appreciate even the contrast you come across on your way to your dreams. My journey as a singer was always a difficult one, which is why it took me so many years to confidently step into my dreams without fear of being criticised.

And the thing that surprised me the most, is that the person who criticised me more than anyone, is me. I felt that my voice wasn’t sweet enough like the girls a sang with at church because mine was always characterized as husky.

But I’ve since learned to embrace the uniqueness of my voice, as I’ve learned over the years that the best songs have always been the songs that touched people to their core and made them feel unconditional love and passion. And that is my hope whenever I sing; that I touch someone enough to make them feel like anything is possible.

How did you find your passion and how old were you?

I started singing since I was a little girl. My mother loves telling the story of how at four years old, I would sit on the couch next to the record player, and listen attentively to Tracey Chapman’s songs.

But I didn’t know I could sing until I was 12 years old when I was “discovered” by one of my teachers in primary school, who fell in love with a poem I’d written for her class. She was also a pianist and asked me if I’d like to join her in singing a song in front of the whole school during an assembly. I agreed. And when the moment came, as I began to sing, I felt fear leave and something unexplainable but exhilarating come over me.

I guess you could say it’s a knowing I’ve always had, that whenever I stood in front of people, either to speak or sing I was connecting to my true self.

What about your passion appeals to you the most?

The opportunity to work with people from all walks of life, and sharing experiences. I like to use music as a platform to tell my story in order to inspire and uplift others.

What drove you to make money from your passion? 

Shortly after I graduated in 2016, I was offered an opportunity to work at one of the Big 4 firms in Melbourne. It was an opportunity to work with the best of the best in the field, plus it looked good on my resume. I felt that I had a lot to prove at the time, but I also felt that the environment stifled my creativity and I was just going through the motions.

I knew very quickly that I had no desire to climb the corporate ladder. I believe that time is our most valuable asset, and should be spent doing the things that we love. Mark Twain once said, “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” Looking back now, I believe that if I had not worked in that corporate environment, I probably wouldn’t have found the courage to go after my dreams. Making that decision, gave me freedom, clarity and most importantly, I found true happiness.

What kept you going when you thought about giving up?

The knowledge of a God who loves me so much, and has given me the tools to create my destiny. Because of this confidence I have, external expectations, fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of the power I know is working in me and for me. It’s unconditional love!

What motivates you every day to be even more successful?

The desire to leave a legacy that will inspire many generations to come.

What do you have to say to all of the people who doubted you?

Nothing at all.

What advice do you give to aspiring creative is who look up to you?

One of my favourite quotes from Joseph Campbell , “Follow your bliss….”. Meaning, do only things that make you happy. And contrary to popular belief, the path to your desires is meant to be easy, because it’s who you are to your core. When you get on the path, things will fall into place and opportunities will come.

 

 

The Soul of Township Tours in South Africa

The Tales of South African Townships

Township in South Africa reflects the celebration of joy in human rights, freedom, justice and reconciliation. From the experience of shebeens to visits with sangomas.

A township visit is an emotional and unique sensory experience that is abuzz with the vivid social culture. Each township tells a story of its own about how it was established, the struggle through the years of apartheid and the current age it has evolved into.

South African townships have an irresistible soul and vibe that will welcome you and give you the experience of a lifetime!

Alex  –  “Township of Rhythm”

Alexandra Township -Gauteng

Alexandra is affectionately known as ‘Alex’, it is  Gauteng’s oldest township. Initially, it was established as a residential area. This was in 1905 by a white farmer. He aimed for a white suburb and named it after his wife. In 1912 it was transformed into a native township. Black people were allowed land ownership.

In 1913 the land act dissolved land ownership rights by blacks. Alexandra continues in migration as it was close in proximity to the employment opportunities in Johannesburg.

‘Alex’ has an interesting and turbulent and past, a fascinating present, and a very promising future.  It also has it’s own community radio and TV station.

Alex is the hub of culture, root culture is rhythm and vibe.  Alex has been home to luminaries like Hugh Masekela, a renowned jazz maestro as well as Nelson Mandela.

Popular culture like theaters in the townships was a dynamic force which gave life and hopes to the people, it’s a dynamic force that gave hope.

A township tour will give assess to the best shebeens in where you can quench your thirst on the tradition umqombothi, an African beer that is home-brewed, and taste amazing local delicacies.

You can also stock up on arts and crafts from street vendors, curios and explore the world colorful traditional medicine world.

The outdoor markets, the St Hulbert Catholic church, Mandela Yard Precinct and traditional healers create a fascinating new and old blend making Alex a fascinating township tour.

A Visit to  the iconic township of Soweto

Soweto is the fifth most popular destination for overseas visitors to the Gauteng province. It’s ‘Jozi’s’ tourism drawcard.  And one of the biggest attractions is the Mandela Museum, in Vilakazi Street.  The former four-roomed home of Nelson and Winnie Madikizela-Mandela is a deeply moving experience, that reminds us of our past, and gives us hope for the future.

The Hector Pieterson Memorial is three blocks from where 13-year-old Hector was shot and died on 16 June 1976, the day when students in Soweto marched against the repressive imposition of  the Afrikaans language in schools

Soweto tours start with,  Hector Pieterson Museum and the Regina Mundi church.No trip to Soweto in Johannesburg is complete without a visit to Regina Mundi, the largest Catholic Church in the most popular Soweto.

It’s been a spiritual haven for thousands of Sowetans, it has also played a pivotal role in the township’s history of resistance against apartheid.

The Ubuntu Kraal is a collection of straw-roofed rondavels that form a homestead, popular as a wedding and conference venue.

Many will also be interested in the Soweto  Festival. The Soweto Festival is held annually

Soweto Festival

The venue is the magnificent Walter Sisulu Square in Kliptown, the site of the signing of the historic Freedom Charter by anti-apartheid organizations in 1955.

This is the ideal place for the people of Soweto to congregate over Heritage weekend as the Square is a national monument.

The Soweto Festival centers around an exhibition and day-long entertainment events.

 The  capturing visit to Katlehong

Katlehong

The Katlehong township area smoldered with political tension in the early 1990s and the name was associated with violent protests and a low-level civil war amongst factions.

This, however, is a thing of the past and in some way seems to make the Art Centre even more of an achievement for being there. Some of the most exquisite examples of ethnic artwork are housed here and the center seems to have been as influenced by the emotional turmoil of the township as its inhabitants once were.

 

Welcome to motherland Africa! Welcome to South Africa!