Held in Woking, the BAWR Awards were attended by 300 guests, who gathered together to celebrate the achievements of African women. BAWR was founded by Lindani Moyo in 2013 with the motivation of inspiring women to pursue their dreams, and to celebrate the great work of women in the community. Award categories included fashion design, social and humanitarian work, business and art. The lifetime achievement award was awarded to Justina Mutale who founded Positive Runway: A Global Catwalk to Stop the Spread, a worldwide HIV/AIDS awareness campaign.
Yolanda performed two songs at the Awards, including Aretha Franklin’s ‘Respect,’ and Sarah MacLachlan’s ‘Angel.’ She said: ‘I really enjoyed the fact it was such an intimate concert. It was very exciting and a good thing to add to my portfolio. I was really inspired by the women there; my mum was in awe of the African musicians.’
Yolanda is one to watch. She is a regular performer in the Seaford College Choir, and she has performed alongside Gary Barlow, as well as performing at Seafordstock, which is held every July in Seaford’s beautiful grounds.
She was asked to do a solo for ITV Meridian in the run up to the concert with Gary Barlow, which you can watch below.