Birth nameSimphiwe Nhlangulela
BornTugela, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
GenresAfro-House,[1]neo-soul,[2] neo-folk
  • Singer
  • songwriter
Years active2017–present
  • El World Music
Associated acts

Simphiwe Nhlangulela, better known by her stage name Simmy, is a South African electronic dance music, neo-soul and experimental pop music singer and songwriter.[3] She gained prominence in 2018 after releasing her debut album Tugela Fairy, with single "Ngiyesaba" which, was featured on the Trace Top 30 Africa Chart for over 2 weeks.

Tugela fairy (Made Of Stars) released 2020, with chart-topping single "Ngihamba Nawe" on the top 100 airplay charts. [4] [5]

Early life and education

Simphiwe Nhlangulela was born in South Africa, as the youngest of four children.[6] In an interview with Emmanuel Tjiya Sowetan newspaper, Simmy revealed that she was raised by strict parents growing up. She is an alumnus of University of KwaZulu-Natal, where she studied Social Sciences.[6]


“I discovered my voice back in primary school, but didn't take it seriously because I didn't think people would be in love with Simmy’s voice. But as time went on, I realised I could do it professionally.”[7]

Mpiletso Motumi, Independent Online

Simmy started her career by auditioning for SA Idols and SA Has Got Talent but was unsuccessful.[8] Her professional music career started in 2017 by signing to El World Music after completing her studies which was followed by the release of her debut studio album Tugela Fairy, which was featured in Apple Music artist Spotlight.[9][10]

Personal life

Simmy is known to keeping her personal life private. [11]


Studio albums

  • Tugela Fairy (2018)
  • Tugela Fairy (Made of Stars) (2020)

Awards and nominations

Year Award Ceremony Prize Result Ref.
2019 25th South African Music Awards Newcomer of the Year Won [12]
Best Afro Pop Album Won
Record of the Year (Sun-El Musician featuring Simmy and Lelo Kamau - Sonini) Won [13]


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