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05 May 2023

Mpumalanga Premier, Ms Refilwe Mtshweni-Tsipane has characterised soprano singer, Pretty Yende, as a true ambassador and a role model in the Province. Yende, of Mkhondo Local Municipality in the Mpumalanga Province, will make history by performing a soprano piece during the coronation of King Charles III on Saturday. The event will take place at the Westminster Abbey in England, and will be beamed live for global audiences on various mass media platforms. The event will once again put the internationally-acclaimed soprano singer, on the spotlight.

Premier Mtshweni-Tsipane says Yende’s incredible gift of singing, will once again be validated internationally. “She is no stranger to sing before global audiences. Last year she performed at the Windsor Castle in England. We take pride in her incredible gift, which she uses selflessly to represent not just the Mpumalanga Province, but South Africa, as an ambassador,” the Premier explained.

Yende is the recipient of various accolades, among them, the Silver Order of Ikhamanga and the Mbokodo Award (the soprano category), which she received in 2013, in recognition of her contribution to the arts and culture sector. Her two albums, A Journey and Dreams, released in 2016 and 2017 respectively, are a testimony of her musical journey.

Yende is expected to perform the Sacred Fire, a soprano piece, written by a British music producer at the coronation event. Mtshweni-Tsipane says her performance, will inspire the youth and avid fans of classic music. “Yende will inspire a generation of singers to pursue a career in the classic music genre. We look forward to her home-return trip to inject her pioneering spirit to the youth of our Province, through her incredible gift,” the Premier elaborated.


Issued by the Mpumalanga Provincial Government

Provincial Government’s Spokesperson:George Mthethwa
Tel: (013) 766 2242
Mobile: 083 302 2774
E-mail: gpmthethwa@mpg.gov.za

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