In her debut album, Fly Away, YAEL effortlessly transcends boundaries of culture, race, language and genre through African, European, pop, folk and contemporary music, which blend into one, rich experience. Creating an exciting musical juxtaposition, the Soweto Spiritual Singers provide a natural synchronicity with YAEL’s talents on several tracks.
The title of YAEL’s album is in part inspired by the Will Jennings/Joe Sample piece, One day I’ll fly away, written for Randy Crawford around 1980. Fly Away is more than a remarkable crossover success for South Africa; it is the realisation of visionary thinking that rings universally in the lyrics of Will Jennings: “Leave all this to yesterday. Why live life from dream to dream and dread the day when dreaming ends?”
Paint It Black
When beautiful, petite YAEL walks on stage to sing, you cannot help but be surprised and mesmerized by the power, passion and purity of her voice. This certainly was the impression of Lifetime-Achievement Awardee, Richard Loring, an ex-West End singer, EMI/Parlophone recording artist and producer of multiple hit musical shows, including “African Footprint”. Recognising YAEL’S star quality, Richard took her under his wing and produced her debut album, Fly Away.
Performing in diverse styles from operatic arias, contemporary to rock, YAEL’S repertoire extends across various languages - English, French, Italian, Spanish, German, Hebrew, Afrikaans and Zulu.
Born in Apartheid South Africa, YAEL’S passion has been to embrace the diverse cultures of South Africa and, through her artistic talent, to express unity. “I love my country,” says YAEL “and believe that South Africans can show the world that one way to tolerance and peace is love for humanity through music.