Sunday, June 20, 2010

#TuesdayTune - Simphiwe Dana

Welcome friends to Natasha In Oz and welcome to this week's #TuesdayTune post! I am so glad you came to visit me in my little corner of the world Down Under. I thought that since the world seems to be gripped by "World Cup Fever" it might be fun to listen to a musician from South Africa.

Have you ever heard Simphiwe Dana sing?

Simphiwe Dana is known for her unique style in South Africa. Her music is a combination of jazz, pop, and traditional African music. In 2005, Simphiwe Dana won the "Best Newcomer" award at the 11th South African Music Awards with her first album "Zandisile". Two years later, she was named the "Best Female Artist", with the song "The One Love Movement on Bantu Biko Street", at the 13th South African Music Awards. This album was released in December 2006, after a tragic car accident and the birth of her second child. Her incredible vocal range, thoughtful, mature songwriting and her unique and progressive self-styling have distinguished her in festivals and major venues worldwide.

Her name means ‘gift’ and many of her fans would agree that she is a gift to the South African music scene. In a short period of time Simphiwe Dana has become one of South Africa’s favourite artists representing her culture and heritage all around the world.

Inspired by life, her songs deal with issues such as politics, love and family. Her political title opens up a positivity and hope with regards to the struggle that the oppressed have dealt with in her homeland. “Bantu Biko Street is the only street paved with our hopes and dreams, our golden highway that must first exist in our minds,” she says. Source

This music video was shot on 3 locations over three days. The basic concept was of African futurism based on principles of freedom and equality.

I hope you enjoy listening to and watching Simphiwe Dana's video for her song "Ndiredi" from her album "Zandisile."

I love listening to all kinds of music and I absolutely love listening to the music that my blogging friends from all over the world share each week. Thank you! If you would like to join in with this week's Tuesday Tune linky party just click the button!

Best wishes for a wonderful and musical week,
Natasha In Oz 


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