The Great Swazi Ad­ven­ture

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Indwe: You stud­ied at the Uni­ver­sity of the West­ern Cape and ob­tained a BA De­gree in English Lit­er­a­ture and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions. Did you know you wanted to get into the mu­sic in­dus­try then?

Chad Saaiman (CS): At that point I did know that I wanted to do mu­sic, but my par­ents ad­vised me to go and study so that I had a solid foun­da­tion. Soon af­ter I fin­ished my de­gree, I dis­cov­ered my abil­ity to write songs whilst liv­ing in Spain in 2005.

Indwe: Do you remember the first song you ever wrote?

CS: It was some­thing pretty cheesy! I think it was called “An­gels Cry”.

Indwe: You have been per­form­ing pro­fes­sion­ally for over a decade now. What have been some of your big­gest high­lights?

CS: I would say hav­ing the op­por­tu­nity to play in the UK, Spain and a few other coun­tries, and shar­ing my mu­sic with au­di­ences who re­ally loved it. Also,

be­ing back on the charts now with my last two sin­gles, af­ter what I’d call a rel­a­tively quiet patch of work­ing a few things out.

Indwe: In 2011, you ex­pe­ri­enced an ex­tremely trau­matic event that al­most ended your ca­reer. Can you tell us about this and how it in­flu­enced where you are to­day?

CS: I was shot in a botched hi­jack­ing. The bul­let went through five of my or­gans and it’s safe to say that I am only alive to­day by God’s grace. I took the sit­u­a­tion and turned my life around. I now live a pos­i­tive, mo­ti­vated and in­spir­ing life. I live as if ev­ery day is my last.

Indwe: Your lat­est solo sin­gle re­lease, “Be­lief”, is some­thing of a dec­la­ra­tion to the naysay­ers who told you at the be­gin­ning of your mu­sic ca­reer that you wouldn’t make a suc­cess of it. Can you tell us a bit more about this?

CS: It’s in­spired by a woman who was in the in­dus­try, who told me that I’d never be able to have a ca­reer writ­ing my own mu­sic. It was hard to hear at first, but then it mo­ti­vated me to suc­ceed. This song is about con­fi­dence and be­lief, and how I want peo­ple to go out and reach their full po­ten­tial.

Indwe: And you cer­tainly have done just that! You have per­formed with some in­cred­i­ble lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional artists. Who have been some of the most mem­o­rable to date?

CS: Brian McKnight, Tevin Camp­bell and Eddy Grant.

Indwe: What ad­vice do you have for bud­ding mu­si­cians who want to get in­volved in the in­dus­try?

CS: Learn more about the in­dus­try be­fore you en­ter it. Un­der­stand the busi­ness – be­cause it’s of­ten the things you don’t un­der­stand that will get you into un­nec­es­sary sit­u­a­tions. Work harder than any­one you know.

Indwe: Who or what in­spires you the most?

CS: My seven-year-old daugh­ter, Summer, is a huge in­spi­ra­tion and mo­ti­vat­ing fac­tor to me.

As well as thriv­ing as a mu­si­cian, Chad Saaiman also co-owns an artist man­age­ment com­pany called Stereo­type Tal­ent Man­age­ment where he works with some in­cred­i­ble acts, de­vel­op­ing tal­ent and pro­vid­ing world class entertainment solutions. Con­nect with him on so­cial me­dia (@chad­saaiman) to find out more.

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