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Simphiwe Dana: The One Love Movement On Bantu Biko Street

Simphiwe Dana

27 August 2007

“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. Simphiwe Dana has a voice that pulls you up short.” SonglinesAfro-jazz diva Simphiwe Dana’s second album THE ONE LOVE MOVEMENT ON BANTU BIKO STREET has placed her firmly on the throne as the leading light of South African Jazz. At the South African Music Awards last April, it won the following awards:- Best Female Artist- Album Of The Year- Best Contemporary Jazz Album- Best Vocal Jazz Album

Since her first album ZANDISILE, Simphiwe Dana has become an ambassador for South African Afro-Jazz and has toured the world extensively. Her incredible vocal range, thoughtful, mature songwriting and her unique and progressive self-styling have distinguished her in festivals and major venues worldwide. Two years after its release she is touring Europe and having her record released across the continent – only after reaching Number 1 on the Billboard World Music charts, something a South African act has not achieved in many years.

In December 2006, after a tragic car accident and the birth of her second child, she released THE ONE LOVE MOVEMENT ON BANTU BIKO STREET, produced by Bekhi Khosa, in South Africa. Inspired by life, her songs deal with issues such as politics, love and family. Her very 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.