Simphiwe Dana: Singer-Cum-Educationist


Afro-Soul songbird Simphiwe Dana is embarking on a series of concert called the ‘Black Culture Education Tour.’ The singer will be joined by the Miagi Youth and the Cape Philharmonic Orchestras giving hit tracks like ‘Bantu Biko Street’ and ‘Ndiredi’ a fresh classical spin.

Courtesy On-Point PR and Lifestyle Management

The tour has already entertained fans in Durban – yesterday and this evening – but this 6 city tour will still be making its nationwide rounds with pit stops in Port Elizabeth, East London, Bloemfotein and 2 in the mother city.

Courtesy Cape Philharmonic Orchestra

The ‘Black Culture Education Tour’ is about more than the music. It will see the culture-social activist that is Dana visiting various schools in each city where she will chat to learners about the importance of education.

Courtesy On-Point PR and Lifestyle Management. Phototographer: Nick Bolton.

“We are going on a fact finding, solutions driven mission to try and inspire a nation into action, from the individual up. We believe in the ‘Masakhane’ ideology that sees everyone feeling like an integral part of a whole and working towards its betterment. The state of our education has reached crisis levels, and we need to think like an endangered species.” says Dana.

This education leg of the tour will also incorporate citywide book drives that have the backing of 2 NGOs: Global Campaign for Education (GCE) and 1Goal.

The dates and venues for the remaining shows are as follows:

Port Elizabeth: 17 March – The Feather Market Theatre (Orchestral Performance)

Cape Town: 20 March – Kirstenbosch Gardens

Bloem fontein: April 1 – The Sand Du Plessis Theatre (Orchestral Performance)

East London: (7) 8 & 9 April – The Guild Theatre (Orchestral Performance)

Cape Town: date TBC

Tickets for the shows will run you up anywhere from R100-R150 and can be bought at Computicket. Ticketholders are urged to bring (a) book(s) that they’d like to donate to the book drive to the concert.

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~ by Thandie on March 10, 2011.

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