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SHE’S one of the most sought-after house musicians in Mzansi thanks to her hit songs Sonini and Ubala. Now SIMPHIWE NHLANGULELA (24), aka Simmy, has released her debut album, Tugela Fairy. “The title is a play on words,” she tells DRUM. “I’m from Tugela Ferry [in KZN] and I’ve come to deliver a message like a fairy.” Here are five things you didn’t know about the sensational singer.
1 She’s a serial reality singing competition contestant
On SA Idols I didn’t even get to sing for the judges! I sang Paradise Road by Joy and I went through to the second round, but I was eliminated before I could sing in front of the judges and be on TV. I also auditioned for SA’s Got Talent. I sang Hallelujah by Alexandra Burke and got axed on round one.
2 She rolls with the punches
Once I sang at an event and the microphone was off! I carried on singing. I’ve discovered it happens often and I’ve learnt to manage it.
4 She’s an introvert
I’m very introverted until I get to know a person – then I’m annoying because I talk a lot. I sometimes think out loud which makes people uncomfortable at times.
3 She’s an athlete at heart
I was a long-distance athlete since primary school and I’ve always been good at playing soccer. If an opportunity arose, I’d play for Banyana Banyana.
5 She loves Dolly Parton
My vocals and my lyrics are highly influenced by maskandi, folk and country music but my sound is electric. I’m an old soul. I listen to Dolly Parton and Letta Mbulu.