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Phenomenal women

Celebration of the fairer sex took place in Newtown this past weekend and boy was there a feast for the ears and eyes! The Newtown Women in Arts was the most prolific with Divas such as Simphiwe Dana, Thandiswa Mazwai, Wendy Oldfield and Zamajobe performing at various venues in and around the cultural precinct.

Simphiwe Dana was the headline act at the Bassline on the 10th along with up and coming Xhosa songstress, Camagwini, who might be drawing some inspiration from the SAMA award winning Dana. She’s got a long way to go though…Former pop star wannabe Thembisile proved her amazing talent with a performance that left us in awe of her big voice. She’s definitely one to look out for.

The star of the night was the soulful Miss Dana who performed some of the tracks that “made her famous”, Zandisile (the title track of her debut album) and the audience favourite Ndiredi. This was one of the better gigs I had attended this year. The execution was perfect, no long intervals and annoying MCs just great music from beginning to end.

Guess the adage “when you want things done get a woman to do it” rang true this past weekend. The ladies celebrated their beauty and strength in a way that made me proud to spell my name w-o-m-a-n.


  • Sthembile is a former production assistant for the M&G Online. Sthe’s weekends are well spent at the best joints in town, where music and arts are served. She is a social butterfly who sees her weekends as adventures worth sharing.