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

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.

Also read: Simphiwe Dana opens up about her career and battling depression

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

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

Generally, my music is very much about heritage.

Simphiwe Dana, musician and activist

I celebrated Solomon Mahlangu with a song.

Simphiwe Dana, musician and activist

I also sang a song, titled Thina Sizwe, that has carried black people through apartheid and colonialism.

Simphiwe Dana, musician and activist

My music is about self-love, identity, Africanism and Afrofuturism.

Simphiwe Dana, musician and activist

Listen to the conversation:

Image credit: Steven Pisano on Flickr.


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