One of South Africa’s smartest songstresses, Simphiwe Dana wants to leave the music industry to seek something more financially stable as coronavirus adds to the hardship in South Africa.
“This coronavirus is definitely going to mess with musicians because we really depend on public gatherings. And it’s a very depressing time for artists.”
Simphiwe isn’t the only artist voicing her frustration and intention to diversify her brand at the realisation that the virus might have a huge negative impact to her financial stability.
Prince Kaybee and poet Lebo Mashile. have spoken out about the same issue, including musician
She revealed that the music industry has not been profitable to her and as a single mother, the hard times require a plan b.
She has given her fans what she called ‘her last album’ tagged Bamako.
The Ndiredi hitmaker says the matter was not a fixed decision yet and was still under consideration.
She opened us honestly thus:
“I am seriously considering it. It’s just … sometimes finance wise this career is just not sustainable. The instability gives me anxiety because I am a single mother. I’m also the kind of person who puts 120% of myself into everything I do and particularly my music, that means I don’t have as much time to take on other work or diversify. There’s no space to do much else but I am working on a concept that could potentially give me more financial stability,” Simphiwe said.
Looking back at the lives of some Mzanzi artists who have struggled, she says she dreads to end like Busi Mhlongo and Miriam Makeba who were not valued in the music industry.
“It’s important for us to know our history. I will not die like Busi Mhlongo or Miriam Makeba. Let me opt out now and find other avenues to take care of my progeny. I’ve given it my best. South Africa eats her children,” she said.
She honestly revealed that the thoughts were brought about by the current situation artists in SA find themselves in following the deadly coronavirus outbreak. She added she will always love music.
Meanwhile, she is not leaving her fans stranded during this 21 days lockdown:
She said in the meantime she wanted her fans to enjoy the music that she poured her soul into. She recommended her cheery single, Uzokhala as antidote against this depressing coronavirus season.