Yola Semedo grew up in a family of musicians. Her father was a music teacher. In 1995 she was awarded the UNESCO “Golden Voice of Africa” prize, organized in Bulgaria . She appeared as a representative of Angola at the festival. In her country she has been awarded three times in the years 2000, 2006 and 2007, as the best female voice. In October 2010 she won for the first time in Luanda the title “Top dos mais Queridos” (dt. Top of the Most Popular ).