South African soprano opera singer, Pretty Yende, spoke to Africa Melane and Azania Mosaka about her career in music. She says she is still touched by how her talent delights others. Yende was first moved to pursue music after hearing a beautiful song on a television advertisement when she was in matric.
That crush has not stopped yet. That first curiosity has opened up such a huge world that I never knew existed. And I never knew that having that curiosity and dream would touch so many people.
Yende says it brings her joy that, in spite of all that is happening in the world, she can make some people happy with her singing.
Having grown up in a church choir, in Piet Retief, Mpumalanga, singing has always been a part of Yende’s life. She tries to inspire other young people back home through her foundation launched in 2013. Yende says her aim is to inspire and inform anyone, in any village of the country with the knowledge of classical music.
You don’t have to grow up in a big city, to have a big dream...you have to have it in your heart. And this is what makes me come back home and actually inspire young people to find what they love.
She is set to start recording her debut album this year in Torino, Italy.
Listen to Pretty Yende's interview on CapeTalk/702's Weekend Breakfast, as well as audio from her performance in the opera Rusalka: