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ARTISTS SHARE HOPE IN 2ND WAVE OF COVID-19

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MBABANE – It is not the end of the world.

 Social media was abuzz as local artists were sharing their concerns on the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic that has new cases and related deaths increasing at an alarming rate.

The feeling from most of the local influencers was that entertainers were not going to survive the second wave.

 Their submissions expressed fear that some of the artists might suffer from depression which might lead to suicide.

 Their conversation attracted the likes of the well-known South African DJ, Prince Kaybee and Tebza to name a few.

 Prince Kaybee also shared his fears. He said some artists would  not be able to bounce back due to financial challenges. “Unfortunately, some artists are going to lose momentum, they might never make it back financially after this pandemic,” read his comment.

 In an interview with Sluga Simelane, who is one of the local influencers, he said the current pandemic would leave long lasting economic and social  scars in the industry.

 He noted that some of the local entertainers would not be able to pay off their debts.

“Suicide will be rife when this pandemic is over. We will fail to pay out our debts, so suicide will be an option for some. It is going to be really bad, but I believe God will see us through,” he said.

reowned entertainer Nicky, another concurred with Sluga.

 She mentioned that the second wave was scary because they thought the industry was slowly gaining momentum.

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 “When the current pandemic started last year, we lost hope, but we managed and pulled through and made it to 202. I managed to start my pizza and food business. Towards the end of the year, when regulations were eased, I managed to bag in a few performances in South Africa. The second wave is scary and we do not know when it will end,” she said.

While some of the artists were sharing their concerns Artist Manager of Kingdom Tales Zox Dlamini urged them to take care of themselves and put their health first.

He said they must look into diversifying their talents as well as venture into other businesses such as agriculture, while they wait for the industry to get back to normal.

“The pandemic has also helped us embrace the digital era more than ever before, this being part of our strategies of 2021. Streaming is the future and digital is the new normal.” he mentioned.

In an interview with the Eswatini National Council of Arts and Culture Chief Executive Officer Stanley Dlamini, he emphasised the importance of safety.

He went on to encourage local artist to venture in to the digital world.

“Before focusing on the negatives, we want to acknowledge that the current COVID-19 pandemic has birthed a new window of opportunities in the digital world. Local artists can use that aspect to their advantage to help keep the entertainment sector alive,” he said.

He went on to invite artists to share their difficulties as they were willing to assist.

“Artists can file in their difficulties so we can see how best we can assist. We have an open door policy they can come and share their recommendations ,” he added.

It is worth noting that the council will be sharing their goals and suggestions in this publication.

 

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