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[VIDEO] Leading Ladies: LeAnne Dlamini

Already blessed with a career that is flying high, singer-songwriter LeAnne Dlamini continues to work hard in establishing herself as a trendsetter in the entertainment arena.

LeAnne Dlamini has opened for stellar acts such as Akon, Mika, Fat Joe, Kanye West, Sean Paul, Joss Stone, Snoop Dogg and Pharell Williams. She is clearly destined to make it big with her own brand of music. A graduate of the National School of the Arts, LeAnne was discovered while leading praise worship at the Rhema Church. She then signed a 3 year contract with international record label Creative Kingdom Records USA and hasn’t looked back since.

LeAnne's latest release: Je t'aime. Photo: Kist Photography.

LeAnne's latest release: Je t'aime. Photo: Kist Photography.

Her first album Simply Luvlee earned LeAnne a Metro FM award for Best Female R&B Album and a release with Universal Records in Poland. LeAnne released her second album The Journey which was written and recorded in Dubai, Johannesburg and Los Angeles. The album won LeAnne two South African Music Awards for Best Female R&B Artist, Best Produced Album and a nomination for Best R&B Video in the Channel O Music Video Awards. It was also released in Bahrain, the UAE, Japan and several additional digital platforms globally.

LeAnne released her latest track Je t'aime this week and says she has been working on finding a way of infusing African elements into the RnB genre.

"When I wrote this song, I kept referencing Zouk music from the continent and a lot of it is in French, so I decided to make a song that fuses RnB and Zouk and had to learn how to speak a little French and pronounce it properly during the process."

Her busy schedule has also included performances at Mzanzi Loves Soul, Eldos Jazz Festival, Cape Town North Sea Jazz Festival, Stellenbosch Gardens Summer Concerts, the Viva Africa Festival (Dubai) and Soweto Jazz Festival. She also performed at the distinguished Miss South Africa Pageant and other top functions like the Metro FM Awards and the SA Sports awards.

LeAnne Dlamini wowed judges and made the Top 20 in the popular X Factor UK 2012 and has already had 4 Top 10 Radio Singles and 2 number ones. LeAnne appeared in a Woolworths campaign, sharing the spotlight with international co-star, Zoë Kravitz. She has also featured on Top Billing. With so much talent, LeAnne has made the media take notice; appearing on the cover of Mango Airlines inflight magazine, Living & Loving, My Parenting, Prividar as well as in prominent features in Elle, Grazia, Marie Claire and Destiny magazines. And if that isn't enough, she also launched a clothing range with Miss Boss Couture.

LeAnne's certainly no stranger to the camera.

LeAnne's certainly no stranger to the camera. Photo: Kist Photography.

More recently, LeAnne embarked on a different venture but one that aims to make a real difference in the lives of South African women. End Girl Hate & Women For Women are initiatives that aim to celebrate, uplift & encourage women & girls from all walks of life. LeAnne has already hosted various Women's Networking breakfasts and the positive feedback she has received has encouraged her to continue pursuing this worthy cause. LeAnne's next women's networking breakfast event takes place on Friday 19th August, 9.30am in Sandton. Click here for more details.

LeAnne hosted a Women For Women breakfast networking event in Cape Town earlier this year.

LeAnne hosted a Women For Women breakfast networking event in Cape Town earlier this year. Photo: 4ElementsMedia

"We all face the same challenges & I feel that we need to be there supporting each other every step of the way." 

With so much positivity around her, and her career heading upwards, it’s nice to know LeAnne is still very much a family person, who keeps her feet on the ground.

“I want to be remembered as someone who never gave up, who worked hard & fought for her dreams. To be remembered as someone who never compromised & who loved God & my family with all my heart.” 

And with this in mind it isn’t a wonder LeAnne draws crowds whenever she is near. A shining light in the darkness, her star will continue to shine brightly for a long time to come.

 

As part of South Africa's Women's Month celebrations, we'll be turning the spotlight on to some pretty incredible, successful ladies. To nominate someone or have your story featured, please email us at [email protected] 

About Hayley Reichert

Passionate South African in London with a 'glass half full' approach to life.
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