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Yvonne Chaka Chaka's Biography: Personal Life, Schooling, Career, Family, Relationships, Controversy, Car, House, Net Worth

About

Yvonne Chaka Chaka, the Princess of Africa, is a phenomenal singer and actress as well as a humanitarian and teacher. She has graced the stage alongside famous international artists such as Bono, Annie Lennox and even the Queen. Yvonne Chaka Chaka is the Goodwill Ambassador for the Roll Back Malaria Partnership.

Personal Life

Yvonne Machaka popularly known as Yvonne Chaka Chaka was born on 18 March 1965. She has two siblings, Refiloe Machaka and Doreen Machaka. 

She was brought up with both parents until her father, Habakukk Machaka died when she was 11 years old. 

Yvonne has fond memories of her father. In an interview with Anele Mdoda, she recalled how he made Friday’s a special day despite the difficulties at home, which made them appreciate and enjoy life. 

Yvonne Chaka Chaka's mother Sophie Namakula Machaka, is a strong advocate for education. She made sure all her children got educated so that they won't be helpless later on in life.

Yvonne Chaka Chaka's Schooling

Yvonne Chaka Chaka studied at the South African University where she graduated with a diploma in adult literacy and local government, management & administration. 

Yvonne Chaka Chaka's Career

Yvonne Chaka Chaka did not have a rosy upbringing but in 1981 when Benard Jofi arrived in Soweto to scout talented kids - those who could read, play instruments, and act amongst other activities - she was one of the kids who stood out. 

This opportunity landed Yvonne on a television show Sugar Shack, which earned her R500 and made her the first black child on South African television. 

When Yvonne was 19 years old, she accompanied a friend to Dephon Record Label where she met Phil Hollis. 

Hollis was in search of someone to perform a song he was working on and Yvonne, despite her reluctance, went on to sing for Hollis. This led to her first music contract and the change of her name from Machaka to Chaka Chaka.

Phil Hollis was instrumental in the making of Yvonne Chaka Chaka’s hit song I’m In Love With a DJ, which was also the title of her first album. 

It carried songs like 'Sangoma', 'Motherland', 'I Cry For Freedom' amongst others. She is also behind some of the continent’s biggest hits like 'Umqombothi'

Yvonne Chaka Chaka’s next album Sangoma was released in 1987. Some of its tracks include 'Private Loser', 'Save Me' amongst others. 

Before Yvonne Chaka Chaka and Phil Hollis parted ways, he christened her Princess as he realised that the continent loved her thus the name 'Princess of Africa'.  

Throughout her career, Yvonne Chaka Chaka shared the stage with other iconic artists like Annie Lennox, Miriam Makeba, Hugh Masekela, Jonny Clegg and has performed in front of the Queen of England and the former President of the United States Bill Clinton.

Princess of Africa Foundation

Yvonne Chaka Chaka furthers her philanthropic work as UNICEF and Rollback Malaria Goodwill Ambassador through her foundation, the Princess of Africa Foundation, founded in 2006. 

Yvonne Chaka Chaka's Business

Away from music and philanthropy, Yvonne Chaka Chaka ventured into the hair care business as she plans to release her own brand, The Princess of Africa Brand.

Yvonne Chaka Chaka's Relationship

Yvonne Chaka Chaka married Mandlalele Mhinga in 1989 and has four children. She gave birth to her first child Themba Mhinga when she was still in school. 

Her other sons are Ningi Mhinga, Mfuma Mhinga and Mandla Mhinga. Before Yvonne met her husband, she dated music producer Chicco Twala.

Yvonne Chaka Chaka's Controversy

At the height of the coronavirus pandemic, Yvonne Chaka Chaka split opinion when she questioned the urgency with which COVID-19 vaccines were produced. 

On her Twitter page, she contrasted this with the lack of malaria and HIV/AIDS vaccines, illnesses that have been around for longer, much to the disbelief and disappointment of many. 

Some pointed out that as the UN Goodwill Ambassador, she ought to understand the severity of the situation instead of drawing comparisons. 

Deported

In 2019, Yvonne Chaka Chaka was deported from Uganda after she failed to secure a working visa. 

The veteran singer was scheduled to perform at a New Year’s Eve party at the Buganda Kingdom but was detained by immigration officials for lack of proper documentation. 

Contrary to reports, Yvonne maintained that she was never deported and vowed to return to Uganda.   

'Asine' is my song

Yvonne Chaka Chaka called out Kelly Khumalo for using her song ‘Asine’ without permission. She claimed that Kelly changed the name of the song originally titled ‘Reya Lot’s Ha’ to ‘Asine’ and written by Chicco for her album 'Bombani'

Whilst Yvonne sought to understand the ethics behind Kelly Khumalo’s move, Chicco doesn’t think it’s a big deal as Yvonne didn’t write the song. 

On the other hand, Kelly Khumalo doesn’t really care. She summed up her response as “So what?’ 

Scammer

Being a celebrity isn’t always about the glitz and glamour. Sometimes, it’s about people trying to take advantage of your name and status. 

Yvonne Chaka Chaka was the target of scammers who faked her death to solicit money from unsuspecting fans. 

They wrote her obituary and even created a GoFundMe page for donations that were allegedly supposed to be used to make funeral arrangements. 

Yvonne took to Twitter to condemn the scammers and assured people she was well.

Yvonne Chaka Chaka and Brenda Fassie

Every generation has its own celebrities who live through a rivalry because of how good they are at their craft. 

Yvonne Chaka Chaka and Brenda Fassie served South Africa with just that. Over the years, the two have had a war of words which can be traced back to the eighties when they both fought over who’d perform first on stage.

Yvonne Chaka Chaka’s plan to involve Brenda Fassie in her album was unsuccessful but the latter said she never received an invitation for collaboration. 

She said that Yvonne was using her name to grab headlines and even revealed that she refused to help her in her time of need.

No man is an island

Yvonne Chaka Chaka's daughter was the target of xenophobic attacks after her shop was looted. The songstress was grateful that she was fine but called to an end to such attacks as she encouraged people to work together regardless of their nationality.

Yvonne Chaka Chaka's House

Yvonne Chaka Chaka bought her first house in the mid-80s after she received her first big paycheque. She dedicated it to her mother but she prefered to remain in her matrimonial home in Dobsonville, Soweto.

With the wealth she’s accumulated, Yvonne managed to move to the wealthy suburb of Bryanston North of Johannesburg. She’s also lived in Sandton. 

Yvonne Chaka Chaka's Net Worth

Yvonne Chaka Chaka has been in the music industry since 1981 and has produced continental hits. She is also an entrepreneur and a philanthropist. All these bring her net worth to about $6 to $10 million. 

Awards & Recognition

Ngoma Award for grand song prize of Zaire (DRC)

World Economic Forum Crystal Award by WEC, Switzerland

Rotary Paul Harris Fellowship Award from Roll Back Malaria

FNB/SAMA Award for Best Female Singer 

Top 100 Most Influential Women in the World

8th Most Powerful African Woman

International Global Good Star and Power Award at the BET International Awards

United Nations as Goodwill Ambassador for Roll Back Malaria 

Social Media 

Yvonne Chaka Chaka’s Instagram: @Yvonne_ChakaChaka 

Yvonne Chaka Chaka’s Twitter: @YvonneChakaX2 

Yvonne Chaka Chaka’s Facebook: Yvonne Chaka Chaka - Princess of Africa

Q&A

How old is Yvonne Chaka Chaka?

Born on 18 March 1965, Yvonne Chaka Chaka’s age is 57.

What language does Yvonne Chaka Chaka speak?

Yvonne Chaka Chaka speaks English, Zulu and Sotho.

How old is Yvonne Chaka Chaka’s husband?

Yvonne Chaka Chaka and her husband Mandlalele Mhinga have a 12-year age difference between them. As of 2022, Yvonne is 57 which makes her husband 69 years old.

Who is the lady who scammed Yvonne Chaka Chaka?

Alfridah Kgabo Matse swindled Yvonne Chaka Chaka R150,000. She claimed to be working with the former Reserve Bank Governor Tito Mboweni who had the power of attorney to release R100m she allegedly inherited from her parents. This was one of her string of lies as she previously approached Yvonne. An unsuspecting Yvonne transferred the money to her only to later realise Kgabo Matse conned her and would not refund her.

Is Yvonne Chaka Chaka dead?

Yvonne Chaka Chaka is alive. Scammers faked her death and wrote her obituary to extort money from unsuspecting individuals but she rubbished claims that she was dead. 

Also known as:
Princess of Africa
Real name:
Yvonne Machaka
Occupation:
Singer, Humanitarian, Songwriter, Teacher, Entrepreneur
Birthday:
18 March 1965
Nationality:
South African
Star sign:
Pisces
Birth place:
Dobsonville, Soweto, South Africa
Height:
5'4" or 162cm
Children:
Themba Mhinga, Ningi Mhinga, Mfuma Mhinga and Mandla Mhinga
Net Worth:
$6 to $10 million or R99 million to R165 million

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Yvonne Chaka Chaka's Biography: Personal Life, Schooling, Career, Family, Relationships, Controversy, Car, House, Net Worth
Also known as:
Princess of Africa
Real name:
Yvonne Machaka
Occupation:
Singer, Humanitarian, Songwriter, Teacher, Entrepreneur
Birthday:
18 March 1965
Nationality:
South African
Star sign:
Pisces
Birth place:
Dobsonville, Soweto, South Africa
Height:
5'4" or 162cm
Children:
Themba Mhinga, Ningi Mhinga, Mfuma Mhinga and Mandla Mhinga
Net Worth:
$6 to $10 million or R99 million to R165 million

About

Yvonne Chaka Chaka, the Princess of Africa, is a phenomenal singer and actress as well as a humanitarian and teacher. She has graced the stage alongside famous international artists such as Bono, Annie Lennox and even the Queen. Yvonne Chaka Chaka is the Goodwill Ambassador for the Roll Back Malaria Partnership.

Personal Life

Yvonne Machaka popularly known as Yvonne Chaka Chaka was born on 18 March 1965. She has two siblings, Refiloe Machaka and Doreen Machaka. 

She was brought up with both parents until her father, Habakukk Machaka died when she was 11 years old. 

Yvonne has fond memories of her father. In an interview with Anele Mdoda, she recalled how he made Friday’s a special day despite the difficulties at home, which made them appreciate and enjoy life. 

Yvonne Chaka Chaka's mother Sophie Namakula Machaka, is a strong advocate for education. She made sure all her children got educated so that they won't be helpless later on in life.

Yvonne Chaka Chaka's Schooling

Yvonne Chaka Chaka studied at the South African University where she graduated with a diploma in adult literacy and local government, management & administration. 

Yvonne Chaka Chaka's Career

Yvonne Chaka Chaka did not have a rosy upbringing but in 1981 when Benard Jofi arrived in Soweto to scout talented kids - those who could read, play instruments, and act amongst other activities - she was one of the kids who stood out. 

This opportunity landed Yvonne on a television show Sugar Shack, which earned her R500 and made her the first black child on South African television. 

When Yvonne was 19 years old, she accompanied a friend to Dephon Record Label where she met Phil Hollis. 

Hollis was in search of someone to perform a song he was working on and Yvonne, despite her reluctance, went on to sing for Hollis. This led to her first music contract and the change of her name from Machaka to Chaka Chaka.

Phil Hollis was instrumental in the making of Yvonne Chaka Chaka’s hit song I’m In Love With a DJ, which was also the title of her first album. 

It carried songs like 'Sangoma', 'Motherland', 'I Cry For Freedom' amongst others. She is also behind some of the continent’s biggest hits like 'Umqombothi'

Yvonne Chaka Chaka’s next album Sangoma was released in 1987. Some of its tracks include 'Private Loser', 'Save Me' amongst others. 

Before Yvonne Chaka Chaka and Phil Hollis parted ways, he christened her Princess as he realised that the continent loved her thus the name 'Princess of Africa'.  

Throughout her career, Yvonne Chaka Chaka shared the stage with other iconic artists like Annie Lennox, Miriam Makeba, Hugh Masekela, Jonny Clegg and has performed in front of the Queen of England and the former President of the United States Bill Clinton.

Princess of Africa Foundation

Yvonne Chaka Chaka furthers her philanthropic work as UNICEF and Rollback Malaria Goodwill Ambassador through her foundation, the Princess of Africa Foundation, founded in 2006. 

Yvonne Chaka Chaka's Business

Away from music and philanthropy, Yvonne Chaka Chaka ventured into the hair care business as she plans to release her own brand, The Princess of Africa Brand.

Yvonne Chaka Chaka's Relationship

Yvonne Chaka Chaka married Mandlalele Mhinga in 1989 and has four children. She gave birth to her first child Themba Mhinga when she was still in school. 

Her other sons are Ningi Mhinga, Mfuma Mhinga and Mandla Mhinga. Before Yvonne met her husband, she dated music producer Chicco Twala.

Yvonne Chaka Chaka's Controversy

At the height of the coronavirus pandemic, Yvonne Chaka Chaka split opinion when she questioned the urgency with which COVID-19 vaccines were produced. 

On her Twitter page, she contrasted this with the lack of malaria and HIV/AIDS vaccines, illnesses that have been around for longer, much to the disbelief and disappointment of many. 

Some pointed out that as the UN Goodwill Ambassador, she ought to understand the severity of the situation instead of drawing comparisons. 

Deported

In 2019, Yvonne Chaka Chaka was deported from Uganda after she failed to secure a working visa. 

The veteran singer was scheduled to perform at a New Year’s Eve party at the Buganda Kingdom but was detained by immigration officials for lack of proper documentation. 

Contrary to reports, Yvonne maintained that she was never deported and vowed to return to Uganda.   

'Asine' is my song

Yvonne Chaka Chaka called out Kelly Khumalo for using her song ‘Asine’ without permission. She claimed that Kelly changed the name of the song originally titled ‘Reya Lot’s Ha’ to ‘Asine’ and written by Chicco for her album 'Bombani'

Whilst Yvonne sought to understand the ethics behind Kelly Khumalo’s move, Chicco doesn’t think it’s a big deal as Yvonne didn’t write the song. 

On the other hand, Kelly Khumalo doesn’t really care. She summed up her response as “So what?’ 

Scammer

Being a celebrity isn’t always about the glitz and glamour. Sometimes, it’s about people trying to take advantage of your name and status. 

Yvonne Chaka Chaka was the target of scammers who faked her death to solicit money from unsuspecting fans. 

They wrote her obituary and even created a GoFundMe page for donations that were allegedly supposed to be used to make funeral arrangements. 

Yvonne took to Twitter to condemn the scammers and assured people she was well.

Yvonne Chaka Chaka and Brenda Fassie

Every generation has its own celebrities who live through a rivalry because of how good they are at their craft. 

Yvonne Chaka Chaka and Brenda Fassie served South Africa with just that. Over the years, the two have had a war of words which can be traced back to the eighties when they both fought over who’d perform first on stage.

Yvonne Chaka Chaka’s plan to involve Brenda Fassie in her album was unsuccessful but the latter said she never received an invitation for collaboration. 

She said that Yvonne was using her name to grab headlines and even revealed that she refused to help her in her time of need.

No man is an island

Yvonne Chaka Chaka's daughter was the target of xenophobic attacks after her shop was looted. The songstress was grateful that she was fine but called to an end to such attacks as she encouraged people to work together regardless of their nationality.

Yvonne Chaka Chaka's House

Yvonne Chaka Chaka bought her first house in the mid-80s after she received her first big paycheque. She dedicated it to her mother but she prefered to remain in her matrimonial home in Dobsonville, Soweto.

With the wealth she’s accumulated, Yvonne managed to move to the wealthy suburb of Bryanston North of Johannesburg. She’s also lived in Sandton. 

Yvonne Chaka Chaka's Net Worth

Yvonne Chaka Chaka has been in the music industry since 1981 and has produced continental hits. She is also an entrepreneur and a philanthropist. All these bring her net worth to about $6 to $10 million. 

Awards & Recognition

Ngoma Award for grand song prize of Zaire (DRC)

World Economic Forum Crystal Award by WEC, Switzerland

Rotary Paul Harris Fellowship Award from Roll Back Malaria

FNB/SAMA Award for Best Female Singer 

Top 100 Most Influential Women in the World

8th Most Powerful African Woman

International Global Good Star and Power Award at the BET International Awards

United Nations as Goodwill Ambassador for Roll Back Malaria 

Social Media 

Yvonne Chaka Chaka’s Instagram: @Yvonne_ChakaChaka 

Yvonne Chaka Chaka’s Twitter: @YvonneChakaX2 

Yvonne Chaka Chaka’s Facebook: Yvonne Chaka Chaka - Princess of Africa

Q&A

How old is Yvonne Chaka Chaka?

Born on 18 March 1965, Yvonne Chaka Chaka’s age is 57.

What language does Yvonne Chaka Chaka speak?

Yvonne Chaka Chaka speaks English, Zulu and Sotho.

How old is Yvonne Chaka Chaka’s husband?

Yvonne Chaka Chaka and her husband Mandlalele Mhinga have a 12-year age difference between them. As of 2022, Yvonne is 57 which makes her husband 69 years old.

Who is the lady who scammed Yvonne Chaka Chaka?

Alfridah Kgabo Matse swindled Yvonne Chaka Chaka R150,000. She claimed to be working with the former Reserve Bank Governor Tito Mboweni who had the power of attorney to release R100m she allegedly inherited from her parents. This was one of her string of lies as she previously approached Yvonne. An unsuspecting Yvonne transferred the money to her only to later realise Kgabo Matse conned her and would not refund her.

Is Yvonne Chaka Chaka dead?

Yvonne Chaka Chaka is alive. Scammers faked her death and wrote her obituary to extort money from unsuspecting individuals but she rubbished claims that she was dead.