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Local lad, Luyolo Yiba makes it to Idols finals


East London’s Luyolo Yiba has beaten thousands of hopefuls nationwide by booking his place in the 2019 South African Idols top 17. The 24-year-old grew up in King Williams Town, studied at Walter Sisulu University and now works as a software developer in a local company.


He was brought up in a home of music, with his two siblings and parents being music fanatics. They sang in the church choir and his passion grew when he secured a spot for himself at the Hoerskool De Vos Malan boys’ choir, where he matriculated. Yiba expresses how nervous he was before the auditions, even though he was expecting the judges to say yes.


“I was very happy when I got four yeses, but I made sure I took note of the constructive criticism they gave me,” recalls Yiba.


He adds that music is something that he wants to do full time and aims to grab the next opportunity that comes his way with both hands. His family and friends have been very supportive, but his mother and girlfriend have been his biggest supporters throughout the whole journey.


“I am really happy I made it this far, it has been an overwhelming, but also a good ground for me to learn. I love music, I live music and I am an artist even outside the show,” said Yiba.

Yiba urges young people to believe in their potential and to go after what they are most passionate about.


“People should start preparing for auditions and exposing themselves to different platforms. Focus on your own talent and not on other people’s talent and work on being better versions of yourself,” said Yiba.

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