African music for Peace: ‘Nzima’ – Simphiwe Dana

Simphiwe 4-001Simphiwe Dana‘s music may be light in melody but it is heavy and deep when it comes to its lyrics. We can easily consider the Afrojazz & -soul artist as being one of those South African artists that represent the social conscience of the music industry. Although culture and music has always been about themes that are relevant for the well-being of societies, few artists do really use their music to shake society, to warn or to heal them from wounds. Simphiwe Dana is an artist whose music cares for what happens with the South African society.

Her latest masterpiece, ‘Nzima‘, is inspired by the Marikana massacre on 10 August 2012. According to Dana, the track is “essentially a prayer for a people that have had a history of violence inflicted upon them.” It should also remind South Africans about what happened in the post-apartheid period and “point out whether we are meeting or failing Madiba’s vision – a reminder of the cost of freedom, and for ongoing freedom to be translated to a better life for all” (Source: Sundayworld).

Watch the video of the track below:

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