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Simphiwe Dana pays tribute to late spiritual leader, Credo Mutwa, noting his influence on her album’s artwork

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Simphiwe Dana Album Bamako

South African musician, Simphiwe Dana, took to social media to pay tribute to late spiritual leader, Credo Mutwa, and state that most of her artwork was influenced by him.

Simphiwe Dana took to social media to mourn the passing of Credo Mutwa, expressing that the 98-year-old spiritual leader was her muse. She stated, in part, “If you look closely at my artwork, you will see his influence.” This comes as the songstress prepares to release her fifth studio album, Bamako, which was initially scheduled to be released on Friday, 27 March 2020. However, due to the coronavirus outbreak, the release may be delayed.

The star has currently released two singles from the album, namely, Usikhonzile and Uzokhala. Usikhonzile was the first single, released on Friday, 7 February 2020, marking a five-year hiatus from the musician.

Simphiwe’s second and current single, Uzokhala, continues to showcase her range and versatility in creating music. Simphiwe has, in many interviews, stated that when it comes to creating music, she does not have a set formula, but normally starts by writing acapella. Moreover, Simphiwe creates music by writing songs that capture a moment or emotion, rather than creating songs that feed into an idea of what an entire album is meant to sound like.

Bamako, which is the inspiration and place of inception of the album, is the capital of Mali. Moreover, the title of the album highlights the singer’s constant inspiration and influence from West Africa and Mali, which will be evident in the upcoming album.

The singles are available for purchase on Apple Music.

Listen to Usikhonzile and Uzokhala below.


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