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Simmy opens up about her upbringing and musical influences on Morning Live

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Simmy opens up about her upbringing and musical influences on Morning Live

In an interview on SABC 2’s Morning Live, KZN-born songstress, Simmy, detailed her upbringing and the various musical influences that contribute to her unique sound.

Dressed in Zulu accessories, Simmy appeared on Morning Live to discuss her upcoming appearance at the Rose Fest, taking place on Women’s Day. Simmy will join an all-female line-up in the upcoming event, spearheaded by former Idols SA contestant and musician, Shekhinah.

In the interview, Simmy shared that her music has always been inspired by her upbringing growing up in rural KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), in a place called Tugela. For this reason, she calls herself the ‘Tugela Fairy,’ which she also named her debut album after. Over and above the influence of her upbringing in her music, Simmy says she grew up listening to the likes of the Soul Brothers, Brenda Fassie and Letta Mbuli. She also notes that KZN-based radio stations such as Ukhozi FM, and East Coast radio are amongst the list of influences of her music.

The dynamic singer also revealed that she chooses not to box her music, which is why she does not conform to a specific genre of music. Simmy describes her music as being able to range from hip-hop, house, country and maskandi, drawing inspiration from each genre. For Simmy, being dynamic is important in order to stay relevant and make sustainable music that can reach people across the world and will hopefully remain impactful, even ten years from now.

The Rose Fest will also feature artists like Busiswa, Sho Madjozi, DJ Zinhle, Holly Rey and others. It will take place at the Nasrec Expo Centre in Johannesburg on Friday, 9 August 2019.

Watch Simmy’s Morning Live interview video below.

Dineo Maboke
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