5 minutes with Afro-House singer and songwriter Simmy

Simphiwe Ndlangela
Simphiwe Ndlangela

If I wasn’t in the music industry, I’d be in recruitment because my previous job was as a recruitment consultant at Tech Pro.

The title of my album, Tugela Fairy, was inspired by where I come from, Tugela Ferry, eMsinga KZN. It was also a way for me to illustrate my love for fairytales and storytelling. It felt right because it’s a combination of who I am and what inspired most of my songs, which is storytelling.

I decided on which songs to include on the album based on the people around me and their reactions. I’d play the music and get a vibe if they’re really enjoying it or not. But my favourites had to make it, like Ngiyesaba, Ngiyavuma and Vele Kungcono.

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I met Sun-EL Musician in 2013, through his younger brother Mondi, who told Sanele about me. We met up, I sang for him and he wanted us to work together, but I decided to finish studying before pursuing music. In 2016 I reached out to him and moved to Joburg to start my musical journey.

The song that made me fall in love with music is Nomalanga by Bab’ Caiphus Semenya, because of the progression, different segments of the song and how it was written. It’s one of my all-time favourite songs.

The best advice I’ve received about the music industry wasn’t given to me directly but it’s from one of my inspirations, Dolly Parton. She says you must always be willing to act the fool and be laughed at, but ultimately, you’ll learn what you need to, despite what people say or think about you. So basically, be open to learning new things even under the most difficult circumstances.

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I’d love to collaborate with Sjava, Msaki and okmalumkoolkat. I love their vibe and I think we could make something special together.

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