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[LISTEN] My music is very much about heritage, says songstress Simphiwe Dana

CapeTalk logo CapeTalk 2018-09-24 Qama Qukula
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South African songstress and activist Simphiwe Dana says heritage plays an integral role in most of her music.

Dana is an artist who employs a true cultural and African identity in her art form.

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The isiXhosa lyricist was reflecting on her recent performance, which focused on freedom songs, to mark Heritage Day.

Simphiwe Dana (SA) during the 19th annual Cape Town International Jazz Festival on March 24, 2018 in Cape Town, South Africa. The Cape Town International Jazz Festival (CTIJF) referred to as 'Africa's Grandest Gathering' is the largest music festival in sub-Saharan Africa. © (Gallo Images / Dereck Green) Simphiwe Dana (SA) during the 19th annual Cape Town International Jazz Festival on March 24, 2018 in Cape Town, South Africa. The Cape Town International Jazz Festival (CTIJF) referred to as 'Africa's Grandest Gathering' is the largest music festival in sub-Saharan Africa.

She also spoke about how her music is received when she performs abroad, and her latest projects.

"Generally, my music is very much about heritage," she says.

"I celebrated Solomon Mahlangu with a song. I also sang a song, titled Thina Sizwe, that has carried black people through apartheid and colonialism."

Dana added that her music "is about self-love, identity, Africanism and Afrofuturism".

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Image credit: Steven Pisano on Flickr.

Gallery: 21 songs that are an essential part of South Africa's heritage (Provided by Microsoft News)

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