By Edward Tsumele, CITYLIFE/ARTS Editor
Outspoken South African artist Simpiwe in her brand new project is revisiting the creative nergy that opened doors for her in the first place when she started in the music industry 20 years ago as an unknown artist. She is harnessing that creatity, repackaging it and offering it to the world in a fresh way that is sure to consolidate her foothold on the adult market as well as gaining her new fans in an ever changing music scne with new sounds such as amapiano dominating.
Dana in her current series of performances is performing some of the material that until now she had not performed from her highly appreciated debut album Zandisile, which she released 18 years ago, when she had her first break in the industry.
“These are songs until now I had not performed. And now I am performing them,” said the artist who is as much known for her Black Consciousness lyrics as she is known for speaking out on issues she feels passionate about.
In an interview with CITYLIFE/ARTS recently, Dana explained that her consciousness was realised when she as a village girl in the Eastern Cape realised that there were certain things that made her feel that the system made she and her kind to feel and believe that they were not adequate as human beings.
“The teaching of Steve Biko assisted in conscientising us, making us to self actualise,” she said in an interview held at an upmarket restaurant in Bryanston.
Look pout for Dana’s new project as she takes you down memory lane through this new project upcoming offering titled Isipaji sika Simphiwe Dana.