[Watch] Musical virtuoso Simphiwe Dana

With a brand-new album and a short film in the works, Simphiwe Dana talks about the new her

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“The new me started off with my hair. When I cut it after having dreadlocks for nine years, it gave me a lot of freedom. It was revolutionary to discover that short hair really suits me, especially as we women are always so scared of changing our hair. Once I’d done it, I was willing to try anything! I’ve been experimenting with doing my own makeup, which is very new for me and even wearing high heels, which I’ve never done before. I’m a tomboy who really never rated beauty as important, because my intellect was always much more of a priority.

“I’m all for growing within yourself and becoming better, but you can’t grow away from your roots.”

“However, I have to admit that I’m thoroughly enjoying the process of beautifying myself these days – but still within the confines of my personal brand. I don’t believe in artists going on a tangent, away from who we know them to be. I’m all for growing within yourself and becoming better, but you can’t grow away from your roots. I hope that never happens to me.”

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