With three albums to her name – Zandisile, The One Love Movement on Bantu Biko Street and Kulture Noir – the Afro-soul singer is not only seen as one of South Africa’s most important artists, but even on a global scale with music critics comparing her to Miriam Makeba, Amy Winehouse and Billie Holiday with her compelling vocals.
Earlier in the year, Dana released her much-anticipated single after a number of albums. Entitled “Nzima,” the song was inspired by the Marikana tragedy, and Dana sings what is essentially a prayer for people that have had a history of violence inflicted upon them.
In a forthcoming project, Dana worked with producer Om’mas Kieth of The Sa-Ra Creative Partners – who has produced for the likes of Dr. Dre and Erykah Badu. In her fourth studio album, Firebrand, Dana’s signature soothingly bluesy ballads are expected to resonate with fans, just like how the audience at New York’s famous Apollo Theater received the Afro-soul singer on a recent evening of South African music in the Big Apple.
Good news for afro-soul lovers in Kenya, the “Ndiredi” and “Zandisile” singer will be headlining the 4th Edition of The Koroga Festival in Nairobi, Kenya on Sunday 9th November, 2014 with an exclusive pre-album launch listening party in the works as well. Stay tuned for more details Simphiwe Dana fans!
Watch Simphiwe Dana’s performance at the Apollo Theater below: