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Joe Shirimani

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Joe Shirimani
Birth nameNtimbani Joseph William Shirimani
Pretoria, Gauteng Province, South Africa
  • Tsonga Music
  • Disco
Occupation(s)Singer, producer
Years active1992–present
  • Team Shirimani Production
  • Sheer Music
  • Gallo Records
  • Bula Music
Associated acts
  • Benny Mayengani
  • Prince Rhangani
  • Mr Jambatani
  • Sayicology

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Ntimbani Joseph William Shirimani born 1968 known by his stage name Joe Shirimani is a South African xitsonga singer and record producer born in Pretoria, Gauteng province South Africa.

Music career[edit]

Shirimani released his disco debut studio album "Black Is Beautiful" in 1992. The album was received well by xitsonga music critics and he then produced a platinum certified studio album “Sakamela” by Esta M whom she discovered in 1994. Shirimani also discovered Penny Penny in 1994 and has produced Penny Penny's “Shaka Bundu” a multi platinum studio album certified by RISA. In 1997, he released his second studio album “Hambanini” which sold more than 50 000 units.[1]

After a long break from music, Joe Shirimani came back as a member of Bangoni Bandawu introducing Benny Mayengani, Marhoya Chauke and Prince Rhangani. Shirimani won his first accolade for "Album of the Year" during the 10th installment of Xitsonga Music Awards in 2012.[2] In 2013, Shirimani released "Ka Tika" which is known to be number 1 in the Xitsonga Traditional music in term of sales, radio play and charts.[3] The album won 2014 South African Traditional Music Awards (SATMA) for Best Xitsonga Album.[4] He is the first artist to won The Dr Thomas Chauke Artist of the Year which was introduced in 2014 by South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) radio station Munghana Lonene FM honoring South African Xitsonga musician Thomas Chauke.[5][6] In 2015, Shirimani was amongst the list made on News24 in comparison with Rihanna and Sam Smith for airplay on a South African Xitsonga radio, Munghana Lonene FM.[7]


Studio albums[edit]

  • Black Is Beautiful - 1992
  • Hambanini - 1997
  • Marabastad - 1998
  • Banana - 2001
  • Nyimpi Ya Nghena - 2011
  • Ka Tika - 2013
  • Ni Heleketeni - 2014
  • Xingungumani - 2018
  • Judgement Day - 2018
  • Pengula - 2019
  • 2020-2020

Awards and nominations[edit]

South African Traditional Music Awards[edit]

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2014 SATMA Ka Tika Best Xitsonga album Won[8]

Xitsonga Music Awards[edit]

Year Nominee / work Award Result
XMA10 2012 Joe Shirimani Best Xitsonga Song Duo/Group Won
Best Xitsonga Album of the year
XMA13 2015 Joe Shirimani na Vana va Ndoda Best Xitsonga Duo/Group Nominated[9]
Vata Cina (w/ Zoro Magoveni) Best Xitsonga Collaboration
Joe Shirimani Most Popular Song
XMA16 2020 Joe Shirimani na Vana va Ndoda Best Xitsonga Male Artist of the Year Nominated[10]
Joe Shirimani Best Xitsonga most popular song of the year
Best Xitsonga Album of the Year
Dr Joe Shirimani, Prince Rhangani, Mambawulele na Mr Post Best Xitsonga Producer of the year Won[11]

Limpopo Music Awards[edit]

Year Nominee / work Award Result
LIMA 2019 Joe Shirimani Song of the year Nominated[12]
Himself Best Xitsonga single Won[13][14]
Himself Best Male Artist Nominated[15][16]


  1. "Joe Shirimani is an artist who has stood the test of time". BGMP Media Group. March 12, 2018. Retrieved 8 August 2020.
  2. Mashego, Goodenough (9 November 2012). "Xitsonga music's King Shirimani puts genre on the map". Sowetan Live. Retrieved 8 August 2020.
  3. "What you did not know about Joe Shirimani, an artist who has stood the test of time". N'wamitwa Times. April 17, 2019. Retrieved 7 August 2020.
  4. "Satma Awards 2014 Winners". Maskandi Music. Jul 5, 2015. Retrieved 7 August 2020.
  5. Mukwevho, Tshifhiwa (November 6, 2015). "Time for the Munghana Lonene Xitsonga Music Awards!". Zoutnet. Retrieved 7 August 2020.
  6. "Chauke honoured with awards category". Citizen. November 11, 2013. Retrieved 7 August 2020.
  7. "The Problem With Munghana Lonene FM". News24. 1 December 2015. Retrieved 8 August 2020.
  8. "SATMA Awards 2014 Winners". Maskandi TV. Oct 21, 2014. Retrieved 7 August 2020.
  9. "The Munghana Lonene fm Xitsonga Music Awards are here". SABC 2 News. Oct 30, 2015. Retrieved 7 August 2020.
  10. "List of XMA16 Nominees". Munghanalonene fm. SABC. Feb 5, 2020. Retrieved 7 August 2020.
  11. "Xitsonga Music Awards 16 Winners". Munghanalonene FM. SABC. Jul 3, 2020. Retrieved 7 August 2020.
  12. Shumba, Ano (28 Aug 2019). "Limpopo Music Awards 2019: All the nominees". Africa Music. Retrieved 6 August 2020.
  13. "2019 Limpopo Music Awards winners list". Citizen reporter. 21 October 2019. Retrieved 6 August 2020.
  14. "LIMA 19 Winers". Retrieved 6 August 2020.
  15. "4 nominations for Sho Madjozi, Candy Tsa Mandebele for Limpopo Music Awards". Eyewitness News. Retrieved 6 August 2020.
  16. Tjiya, Emmanuel (27 August 2019). "Sho Madjozi, King Monada lead Limpopo Music Awards nominations". Sowetan Live. Retrieved 8 August 2020.

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