Simphiwe Dana Wiki – Simphiwe Dana Biography
Simphiwe Dana is a Xhosa singer and songwriter in South Africa. Her music combination is unique with a mix of Jazz, Afro-soul, Rap, and Traditional music, she has been hailed as the “new Miriam Makeba”.She is also known for her creative social commentary and activism through music as a political art form. She attended Vela Private School in Mthatha, where she matriculated in 1997. Her tertiary education pursued her interests in graphic design, and she successfully studied for her National Diploma in IT at the Wits Technikon, Johannesburg. From 2002, she sang in small clubs in Johannesburg, where she began attracting attention. She made a major impact in South Africa with the release in 2004 of Zandisile. The album sold very well and gained several awards, including some South African Music Award (SAMA) in 2005. On its worldwide release, the album gained success in the Billboard charts and she won an AVO Session Basel Award.
She has been likened to singers such as Miriam Makeba and Dorothy Masuka, who sing an artful musical form that blends traditional African music with contemporary soul and hence shows hints of gospel and blues. The depth of her musical portrayals is such that she has drawn approval from an older generation of South Africans, especially women, while her youth and grasp of contemporary pop has endeared her to the young audience. Among the songs in Dana’s repertoire are “Ndiredi”, “Troubled Soldier”, “Chula Ukunyathela”, “Bantu Biko Street”, “Zundiqondisise”, “Uzobuya Nini”, “Sonini Nanini” and “Naphakade”. She also sings the theme song of the Yizo Yizo television show. She has maintained a strong presence, with consistent radio play and live appearances at key national events and Festivals such as Arts Alive, the Cape Town International Jazz Festival, and the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz. With two commercially successful and critically acclaimed albums to her credit, she maintains a busy live performance roster, which increasingly includes international dates.
Her third album, Kulture Noir, was released in the summer of 2010. She later released her live album, An Evening with Sipmhiwe Dana Live in Concert, which features her singing some of her best hits accompanied by a 27-piece orchestra. She has been vocal on topical issues in social media, including political issues in South Africa. She is also active in the World Music scene in Europe. Her music draws strongly on her upbringing in the Transkei, and she cites the powerful singing of her mother as an inspiration for her and her siblings, and ultimately as a key motivator in her resolve to pursue her musical career. In 2005, she won the “Best Newcomer” award and Best Jazz Vocal album at the 11th South African Music Awards with her first album Zandisile. Two years later, she was named the “Best Female Artist”, with the song “The One Love Movement on Bantu Biko Street”, at the 13th South African Music Awards. She is a creative advocate of Afrofuturism and Afrofeminism.
Simphiwe Dana Age
She was born on January 23, 1980, in Gcuwa, Butterworth, Transkei, in the Eastern Cape, South Africa, and raised in the town of Lusikisiki.
Simphiwe Dana Family
She hails from a religious background with her father being a preacher and as she grew up in the church, exposing her to music in both choral and gospel forms.
Simphiwe Dana Partner
She is in a relationship with her partner opera singer, Pumeza Matshikiza.
Simphiwe Dana Instagram
Simphiwe Dana’s Instagram account is @simphiwedana.