She may be doing great now, but things were on very shaky ground for Simphiwe Dana for a few months there.
For those of you who don’t know the singer struggled to sing during her performance at Winnie Madikizela-Mandela’s memorial at Bassline in 2018. She said that her voice didn’t go as far as she wanted it to though a lot of guests didn’t notice she was singing out of tune Simphiwe battled hard.
And now that she’s on the other side of it she’s opening up like never before about just what a dark place that possibility put her in.
The Ndiredi hitmaker has revealed that she underwent vocal cord surgery, battled anxiety and depression. “My voice was completely gone. But my doctor said the voice is there, I was just scared to use it”.
“The doctors told her that vocal dysphonia, is caused by voice misuse, straining the voice by failing to prepare it well; like not warming up the voice properly before singing. According to doctors it was like jumping into a football pitch to play soccer without warming the muscles up”, the singer added.
“I’d been straining my voice for years and ended up with holes in my vocal muscles”. To correct the damage, Simphiwe needed to go under the knife in medical surgery, but she was worried about how it would affect her vocal range afterward.
“It wasn’t nodules like Whitney Houston and Brenda Fassie had. Once you have nodules your voice will never be the same again, even after surgery. But it was quite an intense surgery. I was freaked out,” she said.
“I thought I was going to lose my voice forever!!”
Another thing the singer added is her desperation to get a man in her life she said that things would’ve been different if she had someone to hold on tight to during the trying times.
It has been twelve months of hell and the singer has just healed she’ll be out on her first performance this December and she has gained a lot of confidence.
What do you think Surge readers? Do you think she’s ready to share her returned gift with us?