Yolanda Be Cool

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Yolanda Be Cool
Andrew "Andy" Stanley and Matthew "Matt" Handley in a press photo..jpg
Background information
Years active2009–present
MembersAndrew "Durango Slim" Stanley (Johnson Peterson)
Matthew "Tiny Hammer" Handley (Sylvester Martinez)

Yolanda Be Cool is an Australian music duo made up of Andrew Stanley and Matthew Handley.


In 2010, they collaborated with Australian producer DCUP (real name Duncan MacLennan) to release an international single "We No Speak Americano" on the indie Australian label Sweat It Out, sampling on a 1956 Neapolitan language hit "Tu vuò fà l'americano" by Renato Carosone and written by Carosone and Nicola "Nisa" Salerno.[1]

"We No Speak Americano" sold over 5 million copies and amassed over 200 million YouTube views worldwide. It topped the British, Spanish, German, Mexican, Argentinian, Swedish, Danish, Swiss, and Ecuadorian charts,[2] and reached the Top 5 in Australia, France, Italy, Spain and Norway. It was also a chart hit in Colombia, New Zealand, Mexico, Peru, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Venezuela, Honduras, Costa Rica and several other countries. The video was directed by Andy Hylton. Prior to the hit, they had collaborated with DCUP when he remixed their hit "Afro Nuts" in 2009.[citation needed]

The name is a reference to the scene in the film Pulp Fiction, where the character Jules (played by Samuel L. Jackson) tells an armed robber named Yolanda (played by Amanda Plummer) "Be cool!" Yolanda Be Cool received two 2010 ARIA Music Awards nominations which include, "Best Dance Release" and "Most Popular Australian Single" for "We No Speak Americano".[3]

In 2011, Yolanda Be Cool collaborated with Crystal Waters on a track called 'Le Bump'[4] which then made it onto their debut album "Ladies and Mentalmen" released by Sweat It Out! and DIM MAK in 2013. The album featured indigenous Australian icon Gurrumul, house royalty Crystal Waters and Barbara Tucker, soul legend Betty Wright and US up and coming rap star Nola Darling. Also, Yolanda Be Cool notably remixed Cyndi Lauper's song "Girls Just Want to Have Fun", taken from the 30th anniversary reissue of her album She's So Unusual.[5]

In 2015, they got back in the studio with DCUP to make "Sugar Man", an edit of a song by Rodriguez that went on to go platinum in Australia[6] before writing Soul Makossa, which samples Manu Dibango's saxophone. The song currently has over 1 million plays on YouTube[7] and claimed number 2 on Beatport's Top Ten in addition to being the sixth most sold House record of the year.[8]

Yolanda Be Cool released "From Me to You" with DCUP on Spinnin' Records on 8 February 2016.


Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums
Title Album details
Ladies & Mentalmen
  • Released: 7 December 2012
  • Label: Sweat It Out
  • Format: CD, digital download
Je Suis Music
  • Released: 26 August 2016
  • Label: Sweat It Out
  • Format: Digital download


As lead artist[edit]

List of singles as lead artist, with selected chart positions and certifications, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
"Afro Nuts" 2009 Non-album singles
"Holy Cow"
"We No Speak Americano"
(with DCUP)
2010 4 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 29
"Le Bump"
(featuring Crystal Waters)
2011 Ladies & Mentalmen
(featuring Nola Darling)
"Before Midnight"
"A Baru in New York"
(featuring Gurrumul)
"Sweat Naked"
"To Be Alone"
(featuring Omar)
"All That She Wants"
(featuring SYF and Fritz Helder)
"Cause I Like It" Non-album singles
"Sugar Man"
(with DCUP)
"Soul Makossa (Money)"
(with DCUP)
2015 11
(With Mayra Verónica)
"From Me to You"
(with DCUP)[24]
(with Mason)[25]
"S.O.S. (Sound of Swing)"
(with Kenneth Bager featuring Aloe Blacc)[26]
"Hacia la Noche"
(with Massivedrum)[27]
(featuring Kwanzaa Posse)[28]
(featuring Cut Snake)[29]
"Dance and Chant"[30] 2019
"Space Jam"[31]
"No More Sorrow"[32] 2020
"Frisky in Forteleza"[33]
"To Be Alone"
(featuring Omar)[34]
(with Tommy Trash)[35]
"The Launch"
(with DJ Jean)[36]
"Work Your Body"[37] 2022
"Tiger Stripes"[39] 2023
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.


AIR Awards[edit]

The Australian Independent Record Awards (commonly known informally as AIR Awards) is an annual awards night to recognise, promote and celebrate the success of Australia's Independent Music sector.

Year Nominee / work Award Result
AIR Awards of 2013[40] Ladies & Mentalmen Best Independent Dance/Electronic Album Nominated


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  3. ^ 2010 ARIA Nominations Announced Archived 2 October 2010 at the Wayback Machine Take40 Australia (mcm entertainment). Retrieved 29 September 2010.
  4. ^ "Yolanda Be Cool feat. Crystal Waters - Le Bump : News : Sweat It Out". sweatitoutmusic.com. Archived from the original on 20 March 2012.
  5. ^ "She's So Unusual: A 30th Anniversary Celebration [Deluxe Edition] [Boxset] - Cyndi Lauper - Release Info - AllMusic". AllMusic.
  6. ^ "ARIA Australian Top 20 Dance Tracks - Australia's Official Top 20 Dan…". 15 March 2015. Archived from the original on 15 March 2015.
  7. ^ sweatitoutmusic (16 June 2015). "Yolanda Be Cool & DCUP - Soul Makossa (Money) [Official Video]". Archived from the original on 15 December 2021 – via YouTube.
  8. ^ "Instagram post by Yolandabecool😎 • Jun 5, 2015 at 2:31pm UTC". Instagram. Archived from the original on 24 December 2021.
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  19. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2011 Singles" (PDF). Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 6 December 2014.
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  23. ^ Ryan, Gavin (7 March 2015). "ARIA Singles: Ellie Goulding Remains At No 1". Noise11. Retrieved 7 March 2015.
  24. ^ "From Me to You". Apple Music. March 2016. Retrieved 5 April 2021.
  25. ^ "Xylophobia". Apple Music. October 2016. Retrieved 5 April 2021.
  26. ^ "S.O.S. (Sound of Swing)". Apple Music. October 2016. Retrieved 5 April 2021.
  27. ^ "Hacia la Noche". Apple Music. December 2017. Retrieved 5 April 2021.
  28. ^ "Musika". Apple Music. March 2018. Retrieved 5 April 2021.
  29. ^ "Chilimanjaro". Apple Music. October 2018. Retrieved 5 April 2021.
  30. ^ "Dance and Chant". Apple Music. January 2019. Retrieved 5 April 2021.
  31. ^ "Space Jam". Apple Music. April 2019. Retrieved 5 April 2021.
  32. ^ "No More Sorrow". Apple Music. August 2020. Retrieved 5 April 2021.
  33. ^ "Frisky in Forteleza". Apple Music. October 2020. Retrieved 5 April 2021.
  34. ^ "To Be Alone". Apple Music. December 2020. Retrieved 5 April 2021.
  35. ^ "Emergency". Apple Music. 4 June 2021. Retrieved 28 January 2023.
  36. ^ "The Launch". Apple Music. 29 October 2021. Retrieved 28 January 2023.
  37. ^ "Work Your Body". Apple Music. 25 February 2022. Retrieved 28 January 2023.
  38. ^ "Unity". Apple Music. 3 June 2022. Retrieved 28 January 2023.
  39. ^ "Tiger Stripes". Apple Music. 27 January 2023. Retrieved 28 January 2023.
  40. ^ "Final AIR Awards 2013 Nominations Revealed, $50,000 Prize Announced". tonedeaf. 1 October 2013. Retrieved 20 August 2020.