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Johannesburg - She's one of the most well known and respected artists in the world, but South African music legend, Yvonne Chaka Chaka has no plans to leave music anytime soon.
After decades in the music industry, wowing fans across the globe, you would be excused for thinking that ma' Yvonne might be tired of the industry, ready to pack up her stuff and head to a small island to live out her life.
But when ma' Yvonne spoke to The Juice recently, she told us it's one of the furthest things from her mind.
"Because I work for myself, I can take a break at anytime," she tells us. "Of course music is work, but for me it's become a part of my life. When I sing, I sing because I am inspired by the good, or the bad, or the sadness around me. There's no time to retire," she adds.
Yvonne says she has learnt a lot from the other artists around her, and is a fan of the likes of Simphiwe Dana and former Malaika frontwoman, Tshedi Mholo.
"There's a young boy, Nathi. He sings about real issues. I like him. When people sing it's because there is something that is pushing you to talk to them, some kind of awareness. A reason for you to sing. For me music is not about taking a backseat. It's about being part of the system and not pointing fingers," she says.
Ma Yvonne has been doing that for a long time and long may it continue...