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COLLABONATION ‘GIVE ME FIRE’

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MBABANE – After the projects’ official launch on Tuesday, a collaboration between Eswatini and South Africa was announced in a song titled ‘Give me fire’ by Sands and The One Who Sings.  

The song was played for the first time at the MTN Bushfire Festival 2022. It was the pair’s first project together. It is worth noting that the artist, The One Who is Sings was formally known as Zolani Mahola from Freshly Ground.
The former lead singer of one of SA’s most-loved Afrofusion band, rebranded in October of 2021. She mentioned in an interview with this publication in May this year that her re-branding allowed her to detach from her persona as the lead singer of Freshly Ground.

Songwriter

Sands on the other hand is a local musician, performing artist and songwriter. Born Sandziso Matsebula, he captures listeners and his audience with thought provoking lyrics that encourage people to enjoy the simplicity of the imagination, rhythm and creativity. This multi-award winning singer, songwriter with his smooth vocal range and soothing harmonies is a performer of the highest quality.

When reached for comment Sands’s Manager, Melusi ‘Zox’ Dlamini, shared how the musical relationship came about between the two artists, uniting the two countries.“They met backstage at a Festival in Lesotho, they were both booked to perform at the same time a couple of years back and agreed on a collaboration.“So when the opportunity came about they both jumped at it,” said Dlamini.

Just as it was mentioned at the ColaboNation launch by the Creative Director of House on Fire, Jiggs Thorne: “CollaboNation will connect and unite the Southern African region through a series of unique music collaborations, supporting the weaving together of Africa’s rich and diverse musical genres and inspiring a game-changing creative narrative.

Contributes

It also contributes to the development of new audiences, inspiring social cohesion, and builds linkages between cultural industries and networks.” The project’s aim is to support more artists from the Southern African region, collaborate as all the partners of the project had observed the importance of collaborating. It actually helps the artists gain fans and a following from the region that the other one is from, a move that would immensely help local artists. 

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