Simphiwe Dana (born 1980) is a Xhosa Singer in South Africa. With her unique combination of jazz, rap and traditional music, she has been hailed as the "new Miriam Makeba".
In 2005, Simphiwe Dana won the "Best Newcomer" award at the 11th South African Music Awards with her first album "Zandisile". Two years later, she was named the "Best Female Artist", with the song "The One Love Movement on Bantu Biko Street", at the 13th South African Music Awards.
Simphiwe Dana is also active in the world music scene in Europe.
She schooled at the Vela Private School in Mthatha, from which 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. Dana’s music draws strongly on her upbringing in the Transkei, and she sites the powerful singing of her mother as an inspiration for her and her siblings, and ultimately as a key motivator in her resolve to pursue her musical career.