Simphiwe Dana Biography
Simphiwe Dana was born in 1980 in Butterworth, Eastern Cape, South Africa.She is a South African Xhosa musician and song writter.
Simphiwe Dana Education Background
She attended Vela Private school in Mthatha where she matriculated in 1997.
She attended Wits Technikon in Johannesburg where she studied National Diploma in IT.
Simphiwe Dana Career
In 2002 she used to sing in small clubs in Johannersburg where she began to attract attention.In 2004 she released her first album ‘Zandidile’.
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. Simphiwe has been vocal on topical issues in social media including political issues in South Africa. She is active in the World Music scene in Europe.
Simphiwe Dana Songs
- Bantu Biko Street
- My Light
- Ndize Mama Tata
- Let’s go Dancing
- Sizophum Elokishini
- Iliwa Lam
- Troubled Soldier
- Chula Ukunyathela
- Ndim Nawe
- Uzobuya Nini
- The One Love Movement
- Thwel’ Ubunzima
- Roll Me Down
- Jikel’ Emaweni
- Was it All?
- Jiya Jiya
- Fela’s Azania
Simphiwe Dana Awards
- 2005: Best Newcomer during the the South African Music Award for her album ‘Zandisile’
- 2005: AVO Session Basel Award.
- 2005: Best Jazz Vocal album during the South African Music Awards
- 2007: Best Female artist,”The One Love Movement on Bantu Biko Street”, at the 13th South African Music Awards.
In September 2005 while she was travelling to perform in Vereeniging she was involved in a serious accident and at that time she was pregnant but fortunately she gave birth to a healthy baby boy. She was hospitalised for a week and needed constructive surgery.
Simphiwe Dana Family
She is a mother of two children Zazi and Phalo.
She was romantically involved with Hessel Pole who she was regularly seen with in the crowd supporting her Black Education Tour. They parted ways and they could not live together anymore and even Dana said that they love each other but they could not live together anymore.