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#NewMusicFriday: Simphiwe Dana drops new album and we are here for it

Simphiwe Dana, Image: Instagram

Afro-Soul music sensation Simphiwe Dana drops a beautiful new album after a five-year break.

The award winning singer says she worked on the 13 tracks album with West Africa music legend Salif Keita.

On the album they are songs such as Zabalaza, Uzokhala, Umkhonto and Usikhonzile. 

In her song Zabalaza, Simphiwe tells a story about a young person who is struggling to make a living despite having a qualification. 

In another song, Mkhonto, she tells a story about a man who had betrayed his own people. She says the man must have been bewitched as he had turned against the people.


Reports have suggested that the new album could be Dana’s last as she was contemplating leaving the music industry.

In tweets which have since been deleted, the musician said she intended not to learn the hard way, like her musical idols Busi Mhlongo and Miriam Makeba did, about the lack of regard the industry (particularly) in South Africa has for its artists.

"It's important for us to know our history. I will not die like Busi Mhlongo or Miriam Makeba. Let me opt out now and find other avenues to take care of my progeny. I've given it my best. South Africa eats her children," she said.

Simphiwe Dana, Image: Instagram

But, according to Tshisa live the matter was not a fixed decision yet and was still under consideration.

Over the past weekend, Twitter was in shambles when Simphiwe labelled South African men as the "biggest gold diggers". 

Posting on her account, the "Ilolo" singer said:  "Truth is that South African men are the biggest gold diggers. They even dig the maintenance money." 

Furthermore, she added: "Bacela iUber (they ask for Uber). Ubathengele iairtime (you buy them airtime) . ubabhatalele irent (pay for their rent). They're driving your car. using your bank card. and you're paying all the bills. shameless. Still have the audacity to go out there and say they're taking care of you. That you a gold digger. They're not paying maintenance."

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