Simphiwe Dana is one of the artists set to perform during the service of Madikizela Mandela's special official funeral. Afro Soul singer Simphiwe Dana says struggle hero Winnie Madikizela–Mandela was the strongest African woman she knew.

Simphiwe Dana {born in 1980 in Gcuwa} She is a Xhosa Singer and song-writer in South Africa. Due to her unique combination of Jazz, Afro-soul, RAP and Traditional music, she has been hailed as the “new Miriam Makeba

She schooled at the Vela Private School in Mthatha, where she matriculated in 1997. Her tertiary education pursued her interests in graphic design, and she successfully studied for her National Diploma in IT at the Wits Technikon, Johannesburg. She made a major impact in South Africa with the release in 2004 of Zandisile. The album sold very well and gained several awards, including some South African Music Award (SAMA) in 2005. On its worldwide release the album gained success in the Billboard charts and she won an AVO Session Basel Award. 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 had a showcase The Simphiwe Dana Symphony Experience concert held at the Kyalami Theatre on the track in 2016. First of its kind in South Africa, she featured international artists – Nigerian singer Asa and Concha Buika of Equitorial Guinea, among others. This live show was also where Dana’s latest album, titled The Simphiwe Dana Symphony Experience, was recorded.

Dana is one of the artists set to perform during the service, where thousands of South Africans are bidding farewell to Madikizela–Mandela. The songstress spoke to HuffPost  at the Orlando Stadium ahead of Madikizela–Mandela’s special official funeral.”Her sense of morals was something profound and she has stood by her word and convictions for many years when people have changed their minds according to their experiences, she is a true Imbokodo,”  “I would love to take with me her sense of purpose and her sense of justice and strength.”I am quite happy, I do not need to be paid for it, is is the last thing I can do for mama that is within my power,” she said.

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