Simphiwe Dana unravels the culture behind a doek

Following an uproar on social media over the alleged decision by eNCA to remove footage of one of its reporters because she was wearing a doek, John Maytham speaks to Musician Simphiwe Dana to get her take on this.

eNCA later released a statement saying that they will be reviewing the policy on how reporters should dress.

Dana, who is also known for her unique fashion style of wearing a doek, spoke about the culture and shared a brief history of a doek.

When she was asked about the issue involving eNCA Dana said "It is inconceivable that we still have to deal with issues like this in 2016".

In the history of the doek, in Xhosa, it is worn by married women, not girls. I believe in the Zulu culture as well women would use it to cover their heads

Simphiwe Dana, Musician

How everyone has gotten to wear a doek now irrespective of age, has to do with the influence of domestic workers

Simphiwe Dana, Musician

It became a fashion statement amongst people who traditionally would not wear a doek.

Simphiwe Dana, Musician

Listen to the full conversation below:


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