Apple Music Home Session program features reimagined signature songs and thoughtful covers from artists across genres. South African Afro-soul doyenne, Simphiwe Dana has been announced as the latest artist to join the fray.
As part of Apple Music’s Heritage Month campaign called Amaqhawe (meaning hero), the Apple Music Home Session will be celebrating the musical legacies of the South African musicians who used their voices for change, with Simphiwe Dana the next to release their EP.
“The pandemic taught me that I have everything I need inside of me. That prayer can ground you and help you breathe. It gave me the space to realise what my next moves should be. Who I had become. And who I should become. This period helped me rediscover myself. It helped me remember who I am, and was, before the world took away my innocence. The Simphiwe ofKulture Noir and the albums before that. It has helped me thus to challenge and dare myself. I have always looked at myself as my own competition,” the singer tells Apple Music.
“‘Ndiredi’ was my breakout song, from my first album, Zandisile. It is a song that is still in high demand, in all my shows. This song was written at the height of my exasperation with not being afforded an opportunity to showcase my talent.”
“‘Usikhonzile’ is from my last album Bamako. With the political upheavals the world is experiencing, this song appeals to the moral compass of our leaders, whilst also outlining what the traits of a good leader should be.”
The Home Session EP, exclusively available to stream on Apple Music in Spatial Audio, will feature two exclusive unplugged tracks from the jazz icon namely her iconic single “Ndiredi” and a track off her latest album called “Usikhonzile”, as well as a cover of Miriam Makeba’s “Lakutshon’ ilanga”.
“‘Lakutshon’ ilanga’ is a South African classic written in the 1950s by Mackay Davashe, first performed and internationally popularised by Miriam Makeba and the Manhattan Brothers in the ‘50s. The song was written soon after the installation of the apartheid system in 1948. The apartheid regime was so brutal especially to detractors and freedom fighters, including children. The song speaks of one who is searching for a loved one who disappeared during one of apartheid agents’ raids etc. It is a painful story of loss and helplessness.”
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