Simphiwe Dana

Simphiwe began singing ceremonial circumcision and wedding songs to herself from as early as five years old. Listening to the radio she was influenced by local artists Madosini and Amampondo and the gospel singing in her local church. Her two offer- ings to date are Zandisile (2004) and The One Love Movement On Bantu Biko Street (2007). Simphiwe performs with a band comprising South Africa's finest crop of vocalists and instrumentalists. Her music is also currently studied at the Eastern University of Oregon. Simphiwe has scooped an assortment of acco- lades both on home soil and abroad. Touring Swit- zerland in 2006 she received the Avo Session Arising Star. She has been nominated for 2008 BBC Radio 3 Awards for World Music � Africa. She is also a SAMA Award winner and has shared the stage with Afro-pop star Angelique Kidjo. One Love Movement on Bantu Biko � Babuyile is one of her major goals.

Lunch spot: Soi in Melville