The Inkululeko Yabatsha School of Arts which means Freedom for Young People, affectionately known as IYASA is a multi- award-winning Zimbabwean performing arts school which is based in Bulawayo. IYASA hogged limelight in the early 2000s when the group members featured on Chase Skuza's Banolila video.

IYASA logo.jpg
Motto There goes the morning star
Type Arts School
Established January 2001
Chairman Nkululeko Innocent Dube
Location Bulawayo, Matabeleland North Province, Zimbabwe



A brainchild of Nkululeko Innocent Dube who was a teacher by profession, the group started as a drama initiative at Mpopoma High School in Bulawayo. Dube then decided to quit his teaching profession to venture into arts on a full-time basis. This led to the birth of IYASA in 2001 as a professional platform for young people involved in the arts.

Objectives of IYASA

To employ youths gainfully through the arts.

IYASA enforce

Iyasa has raised the Zimbabwean flag through its performances on the international scene. The group has toured many countries include the United States of America (USA), Austria, Germany, Serbia, Czech Republic, South Africa, Botswana, Swaziland, Zambia, Malawi, Slovakia, and U.K, Japan, Mexico, Montenegro, Italy, Lichtenstein and Croatia among others.

In 2013, the dance group released their eighth studio album 'Afrika Alive'. The album carries 18 tracks sung in different languages appealing to many people.[1] During the same year, it was also nominated for the Belgian Young Audiences Musical Awards (YAMA) for their play, Sweet Moon.[2] among other finalists from Belgium, Brazil, Canada Denmark, France and the Netherlands. In 2013, three of the group members, Noma Mkwananzi, Silethemba Magonya and Pepsie Magonya appeared on billboards in New York.[3]


The group has produced numerous plays. They include;


IYASA Videos

S'jaiva Sibancane
Waka Waka
Streets of Africa

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Iyasa celebrates 15th anniversary Tue Dec 6 2016

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  1. IYASA release Afrika Live videos, New Zimbabwe, Published: 20 Mar 2014, Retrieved: 16 Apr 2014
  2. Iyasa nominated for prestigious award, The Herald, Published: 6 September 2013, Retrieved: 16 Apr 2014
  3. Iyasa appears on New York billboards, Bulawayo 24, Published: 13 Dec 2013, Retrieved: 16 Apr 2014