Simphiwe Dana

Simphiwe Dana

“Mega-star in waiting. The best thing to happen in Afro Soul music since Miriam Makeba? A talent to rival Lauryn Hill, India Arie, Erykah Badu? Without a doubt. Get used to the name.” Songlines, describing Simphiwe Dana.

“She has a glorious voice.” Guardian

“The charismatic South African singer glides through an ethereal song-cycle that blends township soul with black-consciousness slogans and dreamy mysticism. Dana’s ingeniously layered vocals create their own utterly individual landscape.” The Sunday Times

Simphiwe Dana is a spectacular performer, working with a great live band that serves her magnificent songs. Following her sold-out ICA concert last year Simphiwe Dana returns to London and will be performing from her new, much lauded album The One Love Movement on Bantu Biko Street, which draws together traditional African sounds, powerful political lyrics and a strong jazz line into a thrilling performance.

Simphiwe Dana’s music has been called many things since she burst onto the scene in 2004 – ‘afro soul’, ‘afro pop’, ‘soul jazz’. Labels aside, her second album The One Love Movement on Bantu Biko Street has placed her firmly on the throne as the leading light of South African music. At the South African Music Awards in April, Dana swept the board winning all four awards she was nominated for in both jazz and mainstream categories – Best Female Artist, Album of the Year, Best Contemporary Jazz Album, Best Vocal Jazz Album.

Since her first album Zandisile, Simphiwe Dana has toured the world extensively, becoming something of an ambassador for South Africa and its music. Her incredible vocal range, thoughtful, mature songwriting and her uniquely progressive self-styling have distinguished her at festivals and major venues worldwide. Two years after its release, the album reached Number 1 on the Billboard World Music charts – something a South African act has not achieved in many years and testament to her incessant touring in Europe where she has been playing to bigger and bigger crowds.

Region: All
Start Date: 21/02/2008
End Date:
Start Time: 7.30pm
Venue: Queen Elizabeth Hall –
Venue Address: Southbank
Press Tickets: Available
Sponsorship: Not Available
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Name: Sheela Bates
Phone: 020 7386 1600