Simphiwe Dana is a Xhosa Singer and song-writer in South Africa. Due to her unique combination of Jazz, Afro-soul, RAP and Traditional music, she has been hailed as the “new Miriam Makeba”.wiki.

Mayine (Official Video)

MAYINE tells the tale of being cursed and shackled by a lack of self-awareness.


State Of Emergency Lyric Video – International Version With Subtitles


Bantu Biko Street


Nzima (Official Music Video)

The song is inspired by the Marikana tragedy.

According to Dana the song is drawn from centuries of pain and violence.

“It is essentially a prayer for a people that have had a history of violence inflicted upon them,” she says.

“A prayer for Marikana. The wretched of the earth will one day rise and offer their lives as a covenant written in blood. For their children to see the sun again.”


Check out this recent interview with the activist-singer-songwriter at City Press.


Photo: Lesego Legobane

Photo: Lesego Legobane


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