Happy birthday πŸŽ‚πŸŽ‰ to multi-award-winning singer-songwriter Simphiwe Dana.

Post main imageSimphiwe Dana is regarded as one of the best live performers in the global Jazz space. She has over 2 decades in the music industry.

She is one of the artists that is vocal on topical issues such as politics and societal issues that affect the daily lives of South Africans. Simphiwe Dana sings timeless music and throughout her career, she has warmed many hearts.

Known for her Afro-feminism voice, she is celebrated throughout the country for her feminism views, music and being a supporter of women on social media who turn to her for advice.

This is how the angelic voiced Simphiwe Dana rose to fame.

Simphiwe Dana Age

Simphiwe Dana was born on the 23rd of January in 1980. She is 40 years old.

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Simphiwe Dana Early Life

Simphiwe Dana was born in Gcuwa a township of Butterworth based in the Transkei, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

Growing up, she was raised in the town of Lusikisiki, in the Ingquza Hill Local Municipality. Simphiwe and her sister, Siphokazi were sent to go live with their grandmother as their mother was a student nurse at the time.

Simphiwe Dana was raised in a religious family where she grew up with her father who was a preacher.

Simphiwe Dana Education

Simphiwe Dana enrolled at the Vela Private School in Mthatha for her secondary studies and she matriculated in 1997.

After secondary school, she enrolled for tertiary education where she studied for her National Diploma in Information Technology (IT) at the Wits Technikon in Johannesburg.Simphiwe Dana Career

When she was studying in Johannesburg, Simphiwe Dana didn’t waste time or the opportunity to create a name for herself. She started singing in small clubs where she was getting recognised and brought attention to herself.

In 2004, Simphiwe Dana made a major impact in South Africa when she released her debut album, Zandisile. On the day of its release, the album was recognised and gained success in the Billboard charts and she won an AVO Session Basel Award.
Simphiwe Dana was globally recognised for her contemporary soul, traditional African music and the elements of gospel and blues in her music. She started gaining a huge fan base as her music would comfort people and remind them of musical giants such as Miriam Makeba and Hugh Masekela.

Simphiwe Dana is a versatile musician who always ensured that she entertains the youth and grasp their attention through her contemporary pop. Gaining her popularity and performing throughout the globe, she was honoured and did the theme song of the Yizo Yizo television show.

Simphiwe Dana worked on having appearances at key national events and Festivals such as Arts Alive, the Cape Town International Jazz Festival and the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz. She continued to have tours and perform at live concerts.

She released another album, Kulture Noir, which was released in 2010. Moments after, Simphwe Dana released her live album titled An Evening with Sipmhiwe Dana Live in Concert, the album was accompanied by a 27-piece orchestra.
Award-winning artist Simphiwe Dana finally dropped her album Bamako, which is her last album before she bows out of the music industry.
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Simphiwe, prior to the album release, dropped two singles Uzokhala and Usikhonzile from the album. The release of the album was delayed due to the coronavirus in South Africa.

The album Bamako is named after the capital city of Mali and this is where she found inspiration to finish recording the album with musician Salif Keita and his band.