CELEB WATCH Sands gets his big break in Mzansi

His de­but sin­gle, Tigi, is al­ready a smash hit

Move! - - CONTENTS - By Si­nent­lahla Vulindlu


AFTER the re­lease of Sandziso Mat­se­bula's, al­bum, Sands of Time in Jan­uary, ev­ery­one was danc­ing to his hit song, Tigi. Sands, as he is pop­u­larly known, did not only take his coun­try of birth, Swazi­land, by storm, but Mzansi too. He did the un­usual and re­leased his whole al­bum in SiSwati. Talk­ing to Move!, the 27-year-old muso shares his jour­ney in music.


Born and bred in Swazi­land, the Tigi hitmaker is rid­ing the waves of suc­cess in Swazi­land and South Africa. In less than six months of his al­bum re­lease, Sands is al­ready among the who’s who in the music in­dus­try.

With Tigi fly­ing the flag for him, the mu­si­cian has re­ceived a lot of recog­ni­tion, which he says he never ex­pected.

“As a song writer, you wish your songs do well. How­ever, Tigi did more than well, it took me by sur­prise. But spir­i­tu­ally, I was ready,” he says.

He says he is grate­ful to be do­ing what he loves and ap­pre­ci­ates the sup­port he’s been get­ting, even though it is some­times over­whelm­ing.

“Be­ing a pop­u­lar mu­si­cian is great and un­com­fort­able at the same time. I’m still get­ting used to it. Liv­ing in the spot­light is in­evitable, I can’t avoid it, but I am a pri­vate per­son,” he says.


The Mba­bane-based star says even though he just re­leased his first al­bum, he’s been do­ing music since 2008.

“Music has al­ways been my first love. How­ever, my par­ents wanted me to study be­cause they didn’t un­der­stand why I wanted to do this whole music thing. To re­spect their wishes, I stud­ied busi­ness com­mu­ni­ca­tion at Limkok­wing Univer­sity of Cre­ative Tech­nol­ogy in Swazi­land, but also stud­ied music part-time at Yanza Music Foun­da­tion School,” says Sands.


“After I grad­u­ated in 2014, I went to work at Unicef, but I re­signed after three months be­cause the job I was do­ing was not for me and I wanted to do music full-time. I had to work hard to con­vince my par­ents that I could make a liv­ing by do­ing music full time.”

He adds, “Back then, I was only do­ing per­for­mances and wasn’t record­ing any­thing. Peo­ple were al­ways telling me that I should re­lease an al­bum. So I fi­nally did just that and it is work­ing out very well.”

Sands says he is now work­ing on do­ing more shows and build­ing his brand.

“Right now my music is out there and I’m try­ing to build my brand, so I’ve started tour­ing. I’ve been to KwaZulu-Natal, the next stop is Mpumalanga then Joburg. I want to go to ev­ery city and reach ev­ery­one,” says the mu­si­cian.

Sands wants to take his music to ev­ery city in Mzansi so it can reach ev­ery­one

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