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MBABANE- The wish for artists in diaspora to be with their families during the coronavirus outbreak era may remain just that- a wish.

In relation to art, the term diaspora is used to describe artists who have migrated from one part of the world or country to another. Most local artists are based in South Africa and some in parts of Europe, the United States of America and other parts of Africa. In an interview conducted by the Entertainment Desk, the artists all expressed that they wished to be home. Some said they were coming back, while others said they could not come back because of other commitments.

Bahrain-based pianist Sibusiso Malindzisa stated that his case was a bit different as he could not come back due to the upcoming 21-day lockdown in South Africa. “We were supposed to come back home on April 4, but now, because of the lockdown, our stay this side is prolonged,” said Malindzisa. He said the only thing he did these days was stay indoors. He also said their employer was providing food and accommodation for them during this time. Afrotainment’s Thabo ‘Touch of Soul’ Mnisi said he was planning on coming back home.

“There is a lockdown for three weeks here in South Africa.  Before that, there was a ban of public gatherings of more than 100 people. “This means being indoors for the next 21days and I would rather spend those days in Eswatini with my family. I am taking major precautions as the number of infected people has escalated therefore no one is safe,” said Mnisi.  Londiwe Nxumalo, a member of South African gospel music ensemble MTN Joyous Celebration said she was not coming home during the lockdown. “I am not coming home as I also work for Eskom. We have to continue working to keep the lights on. My prayers have not ceased for South Africa and Eswatini. “With all gigs cancelled if we can manage to go home let us do so and remain safe. It is time to just accept and plan ahead,” she said.

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