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This multi-talented individual has a music career that has spanned close to 15 years, in which time DAWNAY has more that proved his mettle as a producer, songwriter, performer and musician.
He showcases a creative drive that is always innovative, consistently excellent and definitely one that has contributed immeasurable to South Africa’s creative wealth, where his charm and talent come in equal measure and being renowned (or is that notorious?) for the fanaticism of his female devotees.
Finally, this superstar has gone solo with the release of his debut single and album ‘U TOUCH ME’. The release of the album quickly shot DAWNAY to prominence in early 2001 with his red-hot CD single breaking all chart records in theCape, toppling, at various times, artists such as SHAGGY and DESTINY’S CHILD from the No1 position.
With that said, DAWNAY is certainly not a ‘one-hit-wonder’, his follow up singles burning up the airwaves include ‘HIGH ….. OOOPS BABY!’, YOU’RE MY WORLD’, the solid groove -club anthem ‘THE REAL THING’, ‘MY BABY TONIGHT’….. and, ‘COON CARNIVAL’.
Having first conquered the Cape, DAWNAY went on to seduce the rest of South Africa, and at the time of writing, steps are in motion regarding his international release – where ‘U Touch Me’ has caused interest. As a result of this interest, Warner Music UK sent DAWNAY a brand new track to record – ‘OOPS DO U LUV ME’, which also appears on ’2nd Coming’. In addition, new remixes were done by Warner Music UK of ‘U touch Me’ – which appear for the first time ever in South Africa – along with a new video as well.
DAWNAY caused a sensation opening for SHAGGY on his 2002 tour of South Africa, where he securely established himself not only as a No. 1 recording artist, but also as a live performer of great ability and talent. Recent additions to his list of achievements include performances at the Waterdome, the Ubuntu Village over the World Summit period, Highveld Radio’s JOBURG DAY Event as well as the Jacaranda Pops 2002, a challenging live musical extravaganza, where he performed with the addition of a 56 piece orchestra and 60 piece choir. In 2002 DAWNAY also received a SAMA nomination for “Best pop album”. DAWNAY’S hit song “You touch me”, was also used in a “Simba” advert and the song was also the only local song used in the Coca-Cola pop stars auditions.
’2nd Coming’ features a brace of new hits – most notably the irresistible ‘BRANDY’ and the infectious ‘GIVE ME ONE MORE CHANCE’ – both brand-new originals – and also a stonking, steaming remake of the classic hit ‘(Flash A) FLASHLIGHT.’
In 2005, DAWNAY collaborated with other South African Superstars (Watershed, Malaika, Dr Victor, Yolanda, Choppa, Eleven and Denim) on the SA Artists Relief Project – “Side by side with angels” to raise funds for tsunami victims.
Internationally, DAWNAY has signed a deal in London, for a global record and music publishing deal with WARNER MUSIC INTERNATIONAL in February of this year, realizing 8 different re-mixes of ‘U TOUCH ME’ across Europe’ UK, France, Spain, Greece, Germany, Sweden, Ireland, Austria, Switzerland etc.