At the young and tender age of twelve, parentless and destitute, Yvonne Mwale ended up wandering the streets of Lusaka, the capital of Zambia..... And then the world opened as the soulful tunes of her mesmerizing rhythmic voice seeded a universe of new beginnings. Her destined pathway led her to being honored as the "The Best Upcoming Female Artist" in the National Music Awards and the journey continues, stepping into the future...
By 2010 she toured eight countries in Europe with rousing performances in a vast array of key music festivals.
- Jazz & The City in Salzburg,
- Musig am Zürisee (CH)
- the Munich Tollwood Festival
- KASUMAMA Festival in Austria.
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The voice of Africa, the motherland, she toured Africa and performed at various major festivals in Rwanda and DRC was awarded in Zanzibar at the Jahazi Jazz festival.
Yvonne Mwale is committed to being a tool of upliftment and is involved in an array of charity works such as an ambassador for “Stop the Cut”, ( a campaign against female genital mutilation, an Austrian Amref Flying Doctors initiative)
She aims to spread the sounds of positivity…. the sounds of uprising. She shares her past experiences in her initial albums and her new albums are about savoring childhood experiences that built her dynamic vision to excel
“Spiritual Heart” is about the seeds of wisdom and soul life experiences and aged wisdom the younger generation can harvest from older people
“Kuwingamo” encourages the audience to live together peacefully and overcome life conflicts
“Msimibi Wakuda” enriches the sounds of traditional Zambian music in a blend of contemporary sound
Meet #CreatePreneurAfrica Yvonne Mwale…” Tune into Soul Sounds of Positivity….
Tell us what drives you? What is your true passion in life?
Music! What else? Music is what keeps me alive and it’s my profession. So I can say it’s even more than just a passion.
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How did you find your passion and how old were you?
I actually started singing when I was approximately five years old. First for my family, a bit later also in the church. I guess I somehow inherited it since my mum was a singer and dancer in a popular Zambian band.
Later, when I was 12 years old, I lost both my parents. After some years on the street, becoming the singer of a well-booked band maybe literally saved my life.
What about your passion appeals to you the most?
To write songs and perform them for people is something very special. When writing songs, it’s something very intimate. I tell about things I experienced in life either myself or observed in my surrounding.
When performing them in front of an audience it’s very special to feel how my music is touching people. Making them either cry or dance.
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What drove you to make money from your passions?
I just thought I’ve found my profession. As a child, I was singing because I wanted to. Later, I was singing to survive. Right now I see it as a blessing to get paid for what I love.
When was the first time you were paid for your passion?
When my dad was giving me some pocket money for performing in front of my parents.
What kept you going when you thought about giving up?
My children, my husband and my faith in God.
What motivates you every day to be even more successful?
I think success is coming mostly by making the right decisions. I’m happy to work with a team of companies and people that know this business and help me to make the right decisions in business.
Of course, seeing my business growing and becoming more successful gives me the motivation to keep developing myself and my music.
What do you have to say to all of the people who doubted you?
I believe we all are responsible for the results of our own actions. Where I’m standing now is the result of the path I took in life. Some might not have believed in me.
I don’t want to blame them. I used to work with musicians who were trying to use me or didn’t believe in me, so I was forced to leave them behind. Now, if I look back, I’m in the position to ask myself if they made the right decisions in life.
What advice do you give to aspiring creatives who look up to you?
Never give up. Keep developing yourself and your music. If you have the feeling you’re stuck, check what makes you get stuck. Get rid of what makes you stuck and move on! Don’t try to get famous overnight. Those who do also disappear overnight.