Sands is not wast­ing any time

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study PR, I knew that I would find my­self mak­ing mu­sic one day,” Sands said.

He de­scribes his de­but al­bum as a body of work that ev­ery­one can re­late to.

“The thing about this al­bum is that there is a story for ev­ery­one and ev­ery­one can find their own story on it. I was heav­ily in­volved in the pro­duc­tion of this al­bum, co-pro­duc­ing it my­self. I wanted a clean sound, I didn’t want it to sound com­mer­cial. All I wanted to do was to tell a story and the only way I could do that was by pour­ing my soul out,” he said.

Sands sings in Siswati and English, and al­though he ad­mits the mar­ket for mu­sic sung in Siswati is small, he was adamant about stay­ing true to him­self, “and that means singing in a lan­guage that is not just my mother tongue, but a lan­guage in which I am com­fort­able”.

“I know that for many peo­ple it is not nor­mal to hear a Siswati song on their ra­dio but, for me, mu­sic is uni­ver­sal – it does not mat­ter what lan­guage you make mu­sic in, it’s all about how you feel when that song comes on,” he said.

The ris­ing star said his fans should ex­pect more one-man shows while he con­tin­ues with his tour of South Africa.

“I am re­ally en­joy­ing tour­ing South Africa. When I first started a few months ago I al­ways shared a stage with other mu­si­cians or sup­ported them. Now I am look­ing for­ward to do­ing my own shows and in­tro­duc­ing my fans to my other songs,” he said.

The mu­sic of Swazi­land’s Sandziso Mat­se­bula, who is known as Sands, has been warmly re­ceived here.

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