I can now relate to so many people whom I could not have [when I was] 25, 28 or even 30 which are all the ages I wanted a talk show.” The mother of 11-month-old Alakhe said she did not want to be in the spotlight anymore. A talk show is like working for government, you are there to serve.You are not the meal, merely the plate presenting it,” she said.She dedicated to him her rendition of the song Greatest Love of all.May she rest in peace." Other South African musicians took to Twitter to express their sadness at her death.On meeting Houston again in Johannesburg, Mr Mandela famously said he was there "merely to polish her shoes ...we love her so much." Footage of the meeting shows the singer and actress put her head on Mr Mandela's shoulder and start to cry.She has also judged a number of shows such as SA’s Got Talent, Talent to Miss SA, The SA Film and Television Awards and Clash of the Choirs SA.When asked whether she preferred radio or TV, Mdoda said she loved radio.
Before singing for guests in the Rose Garden, she told them: "This performance is very special to me because in 1988 I sang in honour of Nelson Mandela the inmate and tonight I sing for elected president, Nelson Mandela." Proceeds from the concert were donated to South African children's charities. From 2002 she sang in small clubs in Johannesburg where she began attracting attention. Dana’s father was a preacher and as she grew up she heard church music in both choral and gospel forms.She made a major impact in South Africa with the release in 2004 of Zandisile.The album sold very well and gained several awards, including a South African Music Award (SAMA) as Best Jazz Vocal album in 2005. On its worldwide release the album gained success in the Billboard charts and she won an AVO Session Basel Award.