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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.

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