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Simphiwe Dana For Jazz Festival - Entertainment news
SIMPHIWE DANA brings her South African jazz and exclusive fashion to London Simphiwe Dana, South Africa's newest music sensation, is set to thrill with her African jazz rhythm and choral backing at the London Jazz Festival.

The singer who is a lot more exclusive with her unique dress sense is billed to perform on the 19th of November at the Pigalle Club.

Born in the Transkei, Eastern Cape, Simphiwe Dana entered South African music mainstream in 2004 with her debut album Zandisile. Notching up numerous live appearances in the new millennium with her outspoken views and unique dress sense, it was her debut album that earned her a South African music award for "Best Jazz Vocal Album and Best Newcomer".

Aside Zandisile, her performance of the theme song on the soundtrack of the Yizo Yizo television show greatly enhanced her profile with the South African audience.

The singer was born in rural Gcuwa, and then raised in the town of Lusikisiki.

Dana's music draws strongly on her upbringing in the Transkei, and she sites the powerful singing of her mother as an inspiration for her and her siblings, and ultimately as a key motivator in her resolve to pursue her musical career. She typically sketches her work in acapella form, before revisiting the compositions and fleshing out song structures. Vocal arrangements are up front in her music, often layered over a sparse instrumentation and groove.

Exceptional visual styling has brought Dana as much attention as her music has. Inspired by the fashion of China, futuristic elements from Outer Space and various other unconventional sources, her dress sense is something that only she can pull off. She is fast becoming a fashion icon in South Africa, with an evolving style which is incomparable and difficult to pin down.


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