Yule “Tide Of Yul” Oswald Earned a spot to showcase abroad and recently released a new Christian Rap Song “In The Fire”
Yule Oswald aka Tide of Yul is a Christian singer-song writer and rap artist. Her music is distinctive, with its tribal tones and warm African rhythms. Elements of pop and hip hop are also incorporated, creating a unique brand that is true to her.
She is also an amazing actress, brilliant voice-over artist and a talented director for both theatre productions and TV commercials.
With years of experience in the industry, she brings incredibly diverse skills and talents to the table, making her an invaluable asset to any team and project.
Her passion for music developed at a young age, and was encouraged and nurtured by a very musical and creative family. She was heavily influenced by artists who’s repertoires were testaments of their lives and realities. They chose to represent their true environment and circumstances, all the ups and downs, and this greatly inspired and attributed to her lyrical style.
Yule was mesmerised by the way Dolly Patron had a gift to write lyrics so descriptive, that as Yule listened, she would conjure up the images in her head.
Originally from Zimbabwe, Yule was raised in Johannesburg, South Africa. This is where she started rapping. In high school, she won her very first hip hop battle on YFM, one of South Africa’s top radio stations. At the time, her lyrics mimicked those of rappers in the States, and looking back, she says her content wasn’t true to who she was. She didn’t enjoy ‘dissing’ others to elevate herself. After high school, she choose to change the narrative and have her art and lyrics be a true reflection of who she is. She spent many years rapping within communities in SA and Zim, inspiring and uplifting the youth through her passion and lyrics.
In 2017, she wrote music for “Jozi Jesus”, a stage production at the Joburg Theatre. The songs were such a hit, that the audience requested a soundtrack.
She also formed part of a South African gospel band from Alexandra Township called “Word of the People”. She wrote music and produced their album, with the band traveling to different communities, bringing inspiration, hope and positivity.
She released her first rap single, “I Need You” feat. ThandiweKaYah, in 2019. It was a song about unity and ubuntu, in the first phases of Covid-19. The song hailed praise from South African radio DJ’s and listeners, including DJ Eazy from Good Hope Fm. He premiered the song on the Ready D show, stating that he “loves” it.
In October 2019, she performed in front of Joey Hunter, the former president of Ford Models and the IMTA representative, Blaze Johnson, from The Voice America, singer/songwriter Nate Butler, and Rhavynn Drummer, an independent casting director for Tyler Perry Studios. Yule was selected to represent South Africa as a rapper and actress at the IMTA (The International Modelling and Talent Association) in New York City, USA, in July 2022.
“Tide of Yul” is inspired by her biological name, Yule Oswald. Yule means Christmas, and she feels called to bring good tidings of salvation. She is proud to bring the good news of Jesus Christ, and inspire people in a time where the world is dealing with so much negativity. Her Tide and movement is generated by God, and she advances to the coastline, bringing in with her many fish. Like stated in Matthew 4:19,“Come follow me, Jesus said, I will make you fishers of men”.
Her second single “In the Fire” releases 10 December 2021, on all major digital outlets. ABOUT THE SONG
Yule collaborated with long-time friend and artist, Jemaine Roberts, to produce this song about hope ultimately triumphing in a time of fear and anxiety. The song was inspired by personal challenges and hardships the Tide of Yul has faced in the last decade, with the pandemic just being the final add on. She says it left her unable to live life abundantly, as she was gripped by fear and uncertainty, that negatively impacted her progression in the things she felt God had called her for. In this place, God never left her. He reached out to her by His Holy Spirit and strengthened her.
Fear is universal, and she gives hope by exploring faith in God as an antidote to fear and anxiety. Yule encourages us to see the bigger picture – people are not the enemy – as is said in Ephesians 6: “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.”
Her ultimate goal with this song is to inspire people to LIVE life to the fullest!
“In The Fire Ft Jamaine-Roberts”