'My album was inspired by Biko'
Simphiwe Dana says if all Africans subscribed to Steve Biko's ideals of self-love, the continent would be a better place.
The Afro-jazz artist who has wowed South Africa and other nations with her latest album One Love Movement On Bantu Biko Street that earned her the Album of the Year Award in the SAMAs, said through studying Steve Biko she learnt that self-determination, discovery and consciousness begins with self love.
Dana, pictured, was speaking to Sowetan yesterday on the 30th anniversary of Biko's death in detention.
She said One Love Movement On Bantu Biko Street were her thoughts and feelings on the "one love movement" which was inspired by the founder/martyr of the Black Consciousness Movement "whose gospel was self-love".
"His literature helped me through the long journey of self-discovery. This inspired me to compose Bantu Biko Street. In the beginning I did not intend naming my album after him, but when I revisited his literature my spirit and my pride of being who I am was revived. I decided to honour Biko by naming my album after him."
Dana said Biko was about her age when he was killed.
"There are young people in our midst, like myself, who are still passionate about their blackness.