Xhosa singer and songwriter Simphiwe Dana has joined the slew of African women who have made good impacts in the lives of many.
The singer’s name has just been added to one of the most desired lists in the world. Singer and Songwriter Simphiwe Dana has been named the 2016 Woman of the Year by the internationally acclaimed magazine, New African Woman.
The magazine arrived at the decision after putting into consideration, the singer’s services to humanity. Thus, she didn’t just get the title on a platter of gold.
“Apart from being a phenomenal artist, Simphiwe uses her public platform to address socio-political ills and renders a voice to the voiceless,” the magazine wrote.
“When a South African university protest demanding free education turned violent in the face of police resistance, she joined their cause without any hesitation and spoke out.”
The magazine is more concerned about the efforts put in to make the world a better place. Especially, when you stand to gain nothing from it.
“And she was one of the prominent voices that condemned South Africa’s new visa laws, leading the home affairs minister to soften the country’s stance on African foreign visitors.”
Other women who have done remarkably well in this category are; Esther Mahlangu, Lupita Nyong’o and Mzansi’s golden girl Caster Semenya. Now, don’t get it twisted as the aforementioned are just a part of other notable Africans who have used their talent to make a positive difference in the world.
Dana’s unique mixture of jazz, Afro-soul, rap and traditional music has led to people calling her the “new Miriam Makeba”.
The 2004 release of her album Zandisile made an impact in South Africa. The award-winning album did not just add more money to the singer’s pocket but also gained numerous accolades, including a South African Music Award in 2005.