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MBABANE – The beginning of what looks like an Oprah Winfrey show has hit the streets of Manzini.

The first-ever talkshow in the Kingdom of Eswatini ‘Simply Speaking ‘was held in Manzini at Liberty centre, and the main aim of the show is to profile artists and influencers within the entertainment industry, while inspiring each other. It gives the public an opportunity to interact with Eswatini’s celebrated personalities.

Phila Dlamini, who is the host and the co-host Lindokuhle ‘Leendor M’ Mthupha, said the conversations would be held every month and at the end of the session the audience will get the opportunity to pose questions to the day’s guest.

All proceeds to these shows will be used for charitable deeds. The show is premised on amplifying stories of emaSwati artists by telling their stories to the audiences through live interactions and to the world through YouTube.

The first artist to be profiled was well known afro soul vocalist Sandziso ‘Sands’ Matsebula. The ‘Tigi’ hit-maker, who has been waving the country’s flag beyond our borders, elaborated on his childhood, education, youth empowerment, education and his musical exploits together with his ambitions.  According to the artist, he never got the privilege to be raised by his father, who he currently constantly communicates with, but was raised by his loving grandmother in the Shiselweni region.

Sands’ grandmother taught him to be humble and responsible, hence the adage ‘the richer you are, the humble you become’. Sands is strongly rooted to the Eswatini culture as he has undergone the kubutseka initiative with his initiation name ’Mhlabeleli’ coming out as a prophesy.

During his interview, Sands highlighted the release of his second album titled ‘Sands Rhythms’, whose release date is yet to be confirmed. Among those who were part of the inaugural show were other well-known artists,the likes of KrTC who applauded the concept, particularly in that most news about known figures will no longer be speculative but will be heard straight from the horse’s mouth.

Zandile Simelane, an HIV activist also gave a great review of the show, “The show promises to be a hit as there were a number of people in the audience who had the opportunity to pose some questions the artist was able to answer”.

Meanwhile, Zena Dlamini, who was part of the audience, asked Sands about his relationship status which he confirmed that he was in a relationship.
He also emphasised how proud he was to be a liSwati as he explained the meaning of his song called ‘Emawoza’, which means happiness “it is time to move and be happy,” he said.

Sands also got a chance to share his wisdom with the audience. “Education is key, stop dreaming and wake up, live your dream because you are responsible.”
Even though they were expecting about 50 people, a maximum of 30 people showed up.

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