Simphiwe is a promising new singing sensation

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Simphiwe Mandiwana, an 18-year-old matriculant from Matangari village, has released her very first single, called “Simphiwe Anguish”, which is a combination of jazz and hip-hop, with a touch of RNB. This is the main track on her upcoming album that is set to be released soon.

Mandiwana lost her mother when she was only 10 years old. This traumatic experience left a void within her, but she found a kind of comfort in listening to music and later started writing her own songs. Years later, she met local jazz maestro Raymond Blues through one of the local recording studios, while she was searching for a producer to record her music. Blues started mentoring her, teaching her how to express herself best through her music.

Chatting to Limpopo Mirror recently, Blues described Simphiwe as an outstanding artist with a lot of potential. “She is incomparable to those hyperbolised artists. Simphiwe is a distinct and passionate artist whose music is meant to make a big impact on the world and the youth of today, but she has not been given a suitable platform to portray her poetry and her musical intellect,” he said.

Through their joint effort, Simphiwe and Blues have composed her upcoming five-track album, “Simphiwe Anguish”, which they are both very excited about. “The album gives her the platform she needs to unveil her extraordinary voice,” he said.

Blues added that one thing the two artists have in common is the understanding of what essential good music is. “Music is a path to one’s soul and a tool to heal a broken heart. It brings joy to comfort and brightens people’s lives. That’s exactly what Simphiwe needed to heal from losing her mother at such a young age. She must now take her music further,” he said.

The album is being mastered by Raymond Blues at his father’s studio, Zebs Records.

“Simphiwe Anguish” the single is available on Amazon, Apple Music, 7DigitalCanada Store, and other digital music stores.



Simphiwe Mandiwana is working on her upcoming album at Zebs Records.


By: Victor Mukwevho

Victor Mukwevho Ne-vumbani joined the Mirror during it's inception in 1990. He joined the SABC newsroom in 1995, and was known by  listeners as "A u fhedzisela ari". He was a news editor for The Tembisan Newspaper from 2007 to 2015. He rejoined the Limpopo Mirror newspaper in June 2022 as a freelance journalist.






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