Yamkela was a street kid that Blindside's lead vocalist Christian Lindskog befriended during a mission trip to South Africa. Lindskog told musicomh.com
: "My lyrics have to be personal to me and connected, there has to be a real emotional attachment, and as such I tend to write about what I'm going through at a given time. Yamkela for instance was written about a 10-year old boy I met in South Africa while accompanying my wife on a research trip last year. He was living on the street, his father was not around, his house had burnt down and his mother died of HIV. He had the AIDS virus too, but despite all of that he was full of joy and happiness. Amongst all that suffering and pain he was able to be happy and enjoy life. So that really hit home to me and put things in perspective in a big way."
Tim - PGH, PA