It was our privilege to chat to South African singer/songwriter, Simone Govender, on the Drive Zone.
Simone was born in Durban but moved to Johannesburg as a child. She started piano lessons at the age of five and picked up the guitar when she was fourteen. It was then that she realised that she wanted to make music for a living.
After school she studied psychology, graduating in 2017. That same year she started pursuing music full time. Since then, the singer has performed with artists such as Jesse Clegg, GoodLuck, Rubber Duc, Bad Peter, Majozi, Desmond and the Tutus, and many more. She has also played at festivals such as Splashy Fen – a career highlight, she says – and Afriski, as well as at various venues across the country.
Simone says that worship has had a huge influence on her love for music, as she believes that it not only brings different people together, but that it gives people a voice, a form of expression and freedom. This relates closely to her favorite quote by Edgar Winter: “Music is very spiritual; it has the power to bring people together.”
She has also always regarded music as a form of communication and expression. “I could always count on a song to pin down exactly how I felt. The fact that music allows me to do the same for other people pushes me to write and create the art-form.” As for musical influences, she looks to Ed Sheeran. “Besides his incredible vocals and live performances, his songwriting is truly inspiring.”
For more information about this remarkable singer, please visit her Facebook Page.