Interview: Yanga Chief, South Africa’s Most Reluctant Pop Star, Is Starting a New Chapter

Ahead of his upcoming album, Pop Star, Yanga Chief reflects on songwriting, spirituality and the state of South African hip-hop in this in-depth interview.

Yanga Chief has been building his brand quietly in the last few years, which resulted in him becoming one of the country's hottest hip-hop artists. From working closely with AKA to his show-stealing guest appearances and his own singles and projects, Yanga Chief's consistency culminated in him winning the Best South African Hip Hop Album at the 2020 SAMAs (South African Music Awards) and occupying the third spot at the MTV Base Hottest MCs List in 2019. His hit single "Utatakho" also aw him walking away with the Song of the Year trophy at the South African Hip Hop Awards in 2019.

It's not a coincidence. It's the result of years of practice and learning from those that walked the path before him.

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