Dusty & Stones top Ire­land’s ra­dio charts

Swazi Observer - - ENTERTAINMENT - By Sa­muke­lisiwe Ginindza

LO­CAL coun­try mu­si­cians Dusty& Stones are cur­rently lead­ing the charts in Ire­land’s coun­try ra­dio sta­tions.

The duo from Mooi­hoek in the Shis­el­weni re­gion, cur­rently holds the sec­ond po­si­tion, ahead of top names in the in­ter­na­tional mu­sic industry.

Lead­ing the charts is one of the industry’s top names such as Bruce Spring­steen.

Dusty (real name Gazi Sime­lane) ex­pressed amaze­ment and stated that the in­ter­na­tional ex­po­sure came about af­ter the ra­dio sta­tion UCC98.3 FM, re­quested to hear their whole al­bum ti­tled ‘Mooi­hoek Coun­try Fever’.

“This was for their ra­dio pro­gramme known as Coun­try Un­der­cover and they got smit­ten with our sound af­ter they lis­tened to one of our tracks called ‘Ride with me’, which is now in the top two on its charts,” he re­vealed.

He added that this has cre­ated a plat­form for them as more coun­try ra­dio sta­tions in the United King­dom have also re­quested for copies of their al­bum.

“We are mak­ing means to send it there. In fact it might prob­a­bly be there but the time this re­port even goes to print,” Dusty re­vealed.

When reached for com­ment, Lin­daMsibi also known as Stones, the other mem­ber of the group, re­vealed that he was be­yond amazed and hum­bled.

“When we started this, we just wanted to sing for folks in our home town and now we are on top charts over­seas; I ‘m stunned,” he said,

The duo went on to add that their dream now is to tour the United King­dom, es­pe­cially Ire­land and England, where they have gained a big­ger fan base.

The ra­dio host Dy­lan Fitzger­ald, who dis­cov­ered the duo to­gether with his co-host Kier­anMur­phy stated that the duo was siz­zling hot.

He re­vealed that they came to know about the group af­ter one of his col­league Kieran Mur­phy dared him to find coun­try mu­sic singers from Africa.

“They were the first name that popped up when I went to the in­ter­net and was even blown away when I got to lis­ten to their track ti­tled ‘Ride with me’ and then the rest of our lis­ten­ers and my col­leagues be­gan to fall in love with their mu­sic,” Dy­lan ex­plained. He went on to add that the duo should keep singing as their coun­try sound is beau­ti­ful and they are awe­some mu­si­cians and com­posers.

He fur­ther men­tioned that Stones’ gui­tar skills were no­table which was as a re­sult of his 11 years ex­pe­ri­ence. The top charts list

1. Bruce Spring­sten- OhMary don't you weep

2. Dusty & Stones - Ride with me

3. Arlo Guthrie - City of New Or­leans

4. Beck - Lone­some whis­tle

5. Em­my­lou. Haris - Jam­bal­aya

6. Dave Rawlings - Ruby

7. TheMarv­er­icks - Hot Bur­rrito

ON TOP OF THE WORLD: Dusty & Stones.

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