Former Idols winner Yanga Sobetwa is hosting a virtual concert tonight (Friday 3 July)

But you don’t have to spend any cash to enjoy the sweet sounds of the Unconditional Love crooner – it’s totally free! (bar the cost of data).

In a time where artists are losing their income due to lockdown regulations, the singing sensation has claimed that she is taking a step of faith by showcasing what her Promised Land tour is all about, at no cost to her fans.

The singing sensation spoke to All4Women about surviving lockdown and how she hopes her virtual concerts impact her fans in a positive way.

 

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Why did you choose to host a free concert instead of a pay-per-view one?

YS: In lockdown a lot of people have been financially attacked, including myself.

Because I only did two concerts [from my Promised Land tour] I wanted people to know why it was going to be worth it to come to a show that is 2 hours long that will cost you R200 a ticket for a Yanga Sobetwa show, which I am keen on doing after Covid-19… if there is time before my [next album].

What are some of the advantages and disadvantages of virtual concerts?

YS: Human interaction is the biggest advantage – the presence on stage, the atmosphere, it’s really amazing to hear the audience singing along to your music.

There’s also more people that’s going to be watching [than at a concert] and no financial cost to them, it’s just having data.

Financially it’s a disadvantage to me. But I don’t do it for the money anyways, I do it because I love what I do.

How have you been surviving as an artist during lockdown?

YS: God’s grace and God’s grace alone! That’s how it’s been before Covid-19. Now I’m trusting God and having faith.

The whole virtual concert comes because of having faith. I’m going to share my testimony about that at another stage.

 

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What are your plans for the remainder of 2020 – In light of Covid-19?

YS: I need to focus on school. I just wanted something [music] that’s going to put me out there and move from the narrative of just being an Idols to being an amazing recording artist that impacts people’s lives through live music and performances.

I think this whole live concert is going to push that a lot.