Zonke Dikana Biography
Zonke Dikana is a South African R&B and Afro-soul singer, songwriter and record producer. She was born on October 11, 1979 in KwaZakhele, Eastern Cape, South Africa. She was raised in Port Elizabeth and moved to Johannesburg in the late Nineties, looking to break into the music industry.
Her father, Vuyisile Dikana, was a musician and Viva taught her much of what she knows about music – the theory of composition, but also how the industry works. He inspired her to become not just a successful artist, but a creative force and a successful business person in a highly competitive industry. Zonke honours her dad on her classic track, Viva The Legend from the Ina Ethe album. Her late step mother Anneline Malebo was also a singer.
She attended Masiphatisani High in Motherwell township outside PE. She went on to the University of Bloemfontein where she graduated with a degree in Human Resource Management in 1997.
Zonke Dikana has written and co-written hits for dance artist Winnie Khumalo, kwaito rapper Thebe, late R&B star TK and also worked with legends like Bongo Maffin and Oskido.
Zonke had her big break when she wrote a song titled “Africa, My Motherland” for Germany-based band Jazzkantine. The band later became known as Culture Clan after Zonke and rappers Mandla and Mzo. In 2003, Culture Clan released an album titled Africa. The album was released in Germany, winning awards from the Channel O and Metro FM Music Awards. During her time in Germany, Zonke released her debut studio album Soulitary through Upper Street Records with distribution in Germany, Japan and Italy in 2004 and in 2007, she released her sophomore album Life, Love ‘n Music through Kalawa Jazmee Records.
In June 2011, Zonke left Kalawa Jamzee for TMP Records and started recording Ina Ethe, her third studio album. On 25 October 2013, Zonke recorded and released a live album through Sony Music Entertainment titled Give and Take Live at the Lyric Theatre, Goldreef City, Johannesburg.
Following the death of Zonke’s older sister Lulu Dikana, Zonke had started working on her fourth studio album titled Work of Heart by releasing “Reach It” and “Meet Me in My Dreams”, the album’s lead singles. The album was released on 11 September 2015 through Sony Music Entertainment.
Zonke Dikana Age
She was born on 11 October 1979 in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. She is 39 years old as of 2018.
Zonke Dikana Husband
She is married to Tumi Mokwena, who’s a lawyer and her manager.
Zonke Dikana Family
Zonke was daughter to Fundie Peter, her father and Vuyisile Dikana, her mother who passed on before her music career had taken off. She also lost her sister who was also a songbird in December 2014. Her sister was called Lulu Dikana. She is a mother of two kids.
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Zonke Dikana Songs
- Reach It
- Say Now
- “Jik Izinto”
- Dear Child
- Funky Lovin’
- Free State of Mind
- Meet me in my Dreams
- Viva the Legend
- Ina Ethe
- Great Storm
- Forever in Love
- Thank You for Loving Me
- Phuma Kum
- I Know a Place
- This Is It
- Mzi Kaphalo
- My Music
- Chivalry is Dead
Zonke Dikana Latest Songs
- Soul to Keep
- When All Is Said And Done
- Uphelelwa Lixesha
- Best Days Of My Life
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Zonke Dikana Tours
She has no tours as of now. This information will be updated soon
Zonke Dikana Net worth
She has an estimated net worth of R 10 Million
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Zonke Dikana: L.O.V.E, path to healing.
Updated on: 28 June 2018.
Sensational soul singer Zonke Dikana says she’s had enough of being sombre and deflated.
She wants to dance, celebrate and feel “light”.
Dikana says working on her new album L.O.V.E, which was released earlier this month, helped her to finally make peace with the loss of her parents and two sisters, including Lulu, who was also a singer.
Dikana grew up with three siblings, and after the separation of her parents, her father later had another child – who was the fourth of the siblings.
She explains that she has lost many relatives, including another sister, when they were younger. But the loss of Lulu was by far the worst heartbreak.
“The sadness of losing a sister was dragging me down, this is why I wrote sad songs on my previous album, but this one tells everyone that they should love and be happy.
“It has been over three years [since Lulu passed way] and I cannot be the same person three years later.”
L.O.V.E opens with Dikana’s hit song Feelings. She says she had to also include the song in her latest album because it “means a lot” to her.
“I hardly ever listen to my own songs because I criticise them too much.
“But this time, I had to include Feelings in the album … it stands out as my favourite song because it talks about letting go of the baggage.”
Dikana also professes that the album, which features rapper Kwesta, is a true reflection of herself. It took three years to complete.
Dikana says she is obsessed with writing – so she started immediately after her last album, Work of Heart.
“I am already putting pen to paper for my next album.”
Dikana is not only a soul singer, she also plays a role in fighting against women and children abuse. She passionately says that as women we don’t need to personally know [a victim] or even be a victim to fight the evils of abuse – it’s a national duty incumbent on all.
“I don’t believe that we should relate so as to get involved. We need to have sympathy and empathy. I don’t need to think that because I have a daughter I should get involved but rather do it out of the goodness of trying to find happiness,” she says.
She is actively involved in the Million Men March – a male movement against women and children abuse. “They are a group of men that show that they are not what they are said to be, they fight abuse and that on its own shows that we [women] have support.
“I always had a feeling that I can do something to improve society, I donated my song SOS (Release Me) to them so they can use it as they want and when they want. That is a song that relates to the challenges they fight against and I hope my bit makes a difference.”
Dikana has also been working with Thuthuka Children’s Home in Alexandra, Joburg.
The mother of two says: “I donate funds, clothes and furniture [to Thuthuka] .”
Dikana is more than a singer, songwriter and activist, she is also a businesswoman. She founded Leely Music record company, which looks at finding talent in young musicians.
Adopted from: www.sowetanlive.co.za