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Simphiwe Dana

Simphiwe Dana is one of South Africa’s most soulful singers, renowned around the world and adored for her impressive vocal prowess. She is an artist who employs a true cultural and African identity in her art form.

Established in 2004 with the release of her debut album Zandisile, Simphiwe Dana has firmly planted her place in the heart of South Africa’s entertainment industry.

To date, the Simphiwe Dana brand is likened to the late legendary artists such as Miriam Makeba and Busi Mhlongo. Her albums have deservedly scooped--‐up numerous awards and recognitions here at home and abroad.


  • 6 South African Music Awards (SAMA)
  • 2 Metro fm awards (Best Female Artist and Best Contemporary Jazz)
  • 1 Avo Session Award in Europe (alongside Elton John who received The Lifetime Achievement Avo Session Award)
  • Metropolitan Eastern Cape Arts and Culture Award
  • Pan South African Language Award

 Nominations (Just to mention a few):

  • BBC Radio 3’s World Music 2008 Awards
  • 3 METRO FM Music Awards nominations
  • Channel O Best Music Video Awards
  • 2 2015 South African Music Awards (SAMA)

Having toured Europe at large with her previous two albums, her Kulture Noir has claimed the No. 1 spot on the German World Music Charts and the number 3 spot on the European Music Charts.

In May 2011, Simphiwe Dana released her first-ever LIVE DVD recording, The live performance was recorded from the Lyric Theatre in Johannesburg where she hosted “An Evening with Simphiwe Dana,” featuring a full band and orchestra: “iNkwekwezi”: 174.099 views

Her music is now part of the curriculum at prestigious universities such as Oxford University in England and other academic institutions.

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November 2014 saw Afro-soul songstress Simphiwe Dana return to the charts with her first studio album in four years – the long-awaited Firebrand The 14 tracks comes like water in the desert to her passionate fan-base, thirsting for new material since 2010’s Kulture Noir. They will not be disappointed. The new album is an evolution from her previous material in that much of it is looser, more light-hearted, funkier even!

“There is a slight seventies blaxpoitation flavour to it,” Simphiwe says with a laugh. “Making this album has been a very light, happy experience. This time I just allowed the music to lead me. I freed myself from the prison of having to be a certain kind of artist. I just made music that I enjoy.”

She attributes a lot of that to working with producer and guitarist Kunle Ayo, who produced all but one of the songs. “He doesn’t put any ego into it,” she says. “He just allows the music to work through him. He’s sensual, with a lot of humility.” As a result, the new album is sensual and effortless, but as authentically African as ever.
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By the time she released her second album The One Love Movement On Bantu Biko Street, Simphiwe had begun shaking the political establishment with her uncensored statements and songs and had taken a centre stage as a socio-political commentator on the plight of the poor and the dispossessed.

She continues to advocate for a new political discourse through her numerous writings, such as the language debate she opened recently when she called for the recognition of a single South African indigenous language as an official language.

Her strong and impassioned beliefs in the betterment of the African people have seen her play a huge role in the restoration and evolution of African culture and its mores. Recently, Simphiwe embarked on a three-month long national tour titled “The Black Culture Education Tour” with which she married her musical passion with her cultural and social activism to draw attention to the current state of education in South Africa and the factors affecting it.

For a young woman, Simphiwe is already defining a legacy of young and powerful African activists whose aim is to artistically shine the beacon of hope on a continent that was once shunned and exploited.



2015 has seen her being appointed as the first global African ambassador for Amnesty international.

She is the convener of the African Unions (AU) Africa re imagined Creative Hub (ARCH). This program objective is to consider on how the arts, culture and heritage sectors as well as the broad creative sector could contribute to the AU’s Agenda 2063 and their role in shaping and re imagining the narrative of Africa and the world will see by the year 2063.

She has also been appointed as the ambassador for the Primestars 2015 STEP UP 2 A START UP programme. This is a nationwide programme to teach high--‐school learners in grade 10, 11 and 12 how to become successful entrepreneurs.

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