Simphiwe Dana Biography – Age, Girlfriend, Kids, Songs & Net Worth


Simphiwe Dana is a South African Xhosa musician and songwriter. She was born in Butterworth, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

She attended Vela Private school in Mthatha where she matriculated in 1997 and also attended Wits Technikon in Johannesburg where she studied National Diploma in IT.


Simphiwe Dana was born 23 January 1980. She is 41 years old.

Profile Summary

Full Name Simphiwe Dana
Date of Birth 23 January 1980 (41 years old)
Gender Female
Spouse Leshoto Itsweng (ex-fiance)
Occupation Musician, Songwriter
Nationality South African
Net Worth $1 million


After signed a record deal with Gallo Records, her debut album Zandisile was released in 2004. The album sold very well and gained several awards, including some South African Music Award (SAMA) in 2005. On its worldwide release the album gained success in the Billboard charts and she won an AVO Session Basel Award.

In 2005, Dana won the “Best Newcomer” award and Best Jazz Vocal album at the 11th South African Music Awards with her first album Zandisile.

In 2007, 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. She is a creative advocate of Afrofuturism and Afrofeminism.

On July 9, 2010, Dana’s third studio album Kulture Noir was released in South Africa. At 10th Annually ceremony of Metro FM Music Awards, she took home two awards; Best Contemporary Jazz, Best Female. On November 25, 2018, she performed at Moncalieri Jazz Festival in Turin.

In 2013 she started to record her album Firebrand and delayed to release it following the exit to her former label. In early 2014, she signed a record deal with Sony Music. On November 2, 2014, his fourth studio album Firebrand was released. The album produced four singles “Killjoy”, “Roll Me Down”, “Masterpiece” and “My Light”.

On April 24, 2020, her fifth studio album Bamako was released


Simphiwe Dana’s girlfriend is Pumeza Matshikiza – a South African international Opera singer based in Berlin.


She has two children named Zazi and Phalo. Simphiwe was romantically involved with Hessel Pole but they parted ways and they could not live together anymore.


  1. Mayine
  2. Inkwenkwezi
  3. Ndiredi
  4. Bantu Biko Street
  5. Ilolo
  6. Nzima
  7. Fireband
  8. My Light
  9. Ndize Mama Tata
  10. Zundiqondisise
  11. Let’s go Dancing
  12. Nzinga
  13. Sizophum Elokishini
  14. Iliwa Lam
  15. Troubled Soldier
  16. Chula Ukunyathela
  17. Ndim Nawe
  18. Uzobuya Nini
  19. The One Love Movement
  20. Vukani
  21. Thwel’ Ubunzima
  22. Roll Me Down
  23. Chibok
  24. Jikel’ Emaweni
  25. Was it All?
  26. Induku
  27. Killjoy
  28. Jiya Jiya
  29. Hay’ihambo
  30. Fela’s Azania
  31. Ihilihili
  32. Sabela


  • 2005: Best Newcomer during the South African Music Award for her album ‘Zandisile’
  • 2005: AVO Session Basel Award.
  • 2005: Best Jazz Vocal album during the South African Music Awards
  • 2007: Best Female artist,”The One Love Movement on Bantu Biko Street”, at the 13th South African Music Awards.

Net Worth

She has an estimated net worth of $1 Million – $5 Million (Approx.) which she has earned as a musician.

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