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Simphiwe Dana, Zandisile
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If you choose to use this review on your site please link back to this page. Her live show has is, by all accounts, joyful and simpgiwe and she will be playing in London at the ICA as part of the African Music Festival on May 28th. The album and the gig are heartily recommended.
CD: Simphiwe Dana, Zandisile | Music | The Guardian
You can add or edit information about Zandisile at musicbrainz. Tracklistings come from MusicBrainz. Never falling for the obvious approach of trying to mimic precisely what western producers are doing but nonetheless drawing on them for inspiration this is a genuinely enjoyable, even admirable debut album.
World on 3 BBC Radio 3. Modern African Soul, indeed. The good news is that with Zandisile she really does carry it off.
Simphiwe seems to have become a voice for the women of South Africa and a pop star at the same time - quite a trick - and on the evidence here, she is more than capable on building on this to become on of the greats of contemporary music. The jazzy electronica stylings of ''Troubled Soldier'', for example, provide an incessant, skittering background to an English lyric which show an intelligent, asprirational mind that is speaking about the search for racial self-confidence and freedom of the mindespecially for women.
Both ''Vela'' and the glorious ''Chula Ukunyathela'' show incredible confidence and a wonderful tonal control where Simphiwe can sing unaccompanied with complete freedom and sense of rhythm yet still bask in the glory of a full-on choir. By turns uplifting and complex or sparse and contempletive this is certainly one of the most accessible and contemporary sounding releases to come from South Africa in recent years.