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Biography of Simphiwe Dana & Net Worth

Simphiwe Dana (born 23 January 1980 in Gcuwa) is a Xhosa singer and songwriter in South Africa.  Due to her unique combination of Jazz, Afro-soul, Rap, and Traditional music, she has been hailed as the “new Miriam Makeba”. Dana is also known for her creative social commentary and activism through music as a political art form.


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Early Life

Simphiwe was born on 23 January 1980 in Gcuwa (Butterworth), Transkei, in the Eastern Cape, South Africa and raised in the town of Lusikisiki (in the Ingquza Hill Local Municipality).

Dana came from a religious background with her father being a preacher and as she grew up in the church, exposing her to music in both choral and gospel forms.


She attended Vela Private School in Mthatha, where she matriculated in 1997.


Her tertiary education pursued her interests in graphic design, and she successfully studied for her National Diploma in IT at the Wits Technikon, Johannesburg.


South African Afro-Pop Awards

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2021 Saafma Best Female Artist Award Pending
Best Song of the Year Pending
Best Rising Star Pending

South African Music Awards

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2021 Best Adult Contemporary Album Pending

Net Worth

Simphiwe Dana’s net worth is estimated to be $5 Million, according to the list of South Celebrities and Net Worth in 2021.

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