EVENT: Isipaji sika Simphiwe Dana live at the State Theatre
"The creation of Isipaji sika Simphiwe Dana comes at the tail-end of a whole tumultuous era in my life, but it’s still a nice thing to point at as something to celebrate," South African singer-songwriter Simphiwe Dana said in press statement on her upcoming performance at the State Theatre this weekend.
It’s been almost 20 years since Simphiwe touched our souls with her debut album, Zandisile.
"Being consistent with anything for 18 years is a celebration and success is a celebration, too. Fulfilment is not the right word, but it’s the best word I can think of right now. I feel this really grounded sense of accomplishment," she added.
Simphiwe will be exploring the many amazing songs from her repertoire in Isipaji sika Simphiwe Dana on Saturday 28 May and Sunday 29 May 2022 at the South Africa State Theatre's Opera stage.
Isipaji sika Simphiwe Dana will be an opportunity for the songstress to explore the various textures of her work to date; an intuitive, multi-layered effort from a mature artist at the top of her creative powers. Along with the inspiring arrangement she explored in her previous offering MOYA which premiered to a sold-out season in Johannesburg on 10 April 2022.
Credited for creating some of the most thought-provoking songs of her generation, Simphiwe continues to uphold the standard for singer-songwriters as a messenger for love, hope, compassionate humanitarianism and socio-political awareness.
She plans to showcase songs from all her albums in her upcoming performance, sharing their compelling narratives as she continues to expand the canvas of her spiritual and lifestyle mission that has made her one of the most in-demand performers and speakers in the social space.
"I knew I was something different for the industry, I knew I looked different, I sounded different and the songs I wanted to sing were different," she said.
"I thought I was telling people, 'Make way, something different is coming,' but in hindsight, I was telling all of our stories about what it means to affirm yourself because the world will always tell you that you’re supposed to be something different."
Tickets for Isipaji sika Simphiwe Dana are available on Webtickets.