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www.musicswaziland.com was created by Qiniso "Slim Q" Dlamini as a plartform to promote Swazi talent, focusing mainly on music. He was inspired by the tremendous talent posessed by Swazi artists. The unfortunate thing about Swazi music is that most artists normally release radio singles but are unable to release complete albums, thus making their music inaccessible to the public. The inaccessibilty of their music eventually leads to a disconnect between them and their fans.

Artists are required to submit audio tracks, or better still, embed codes from sites such as reverbnation, pictures, profiles and video links if available. The website exists to ensure that Swazi artists have a place on the global music stage.

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Swaziland is a small country in the South of Africa, landlocked between South Africa and Mozambique. It has a population of a little over a million people. It has a vast array of musical talent, ranging from traditional music genres to hip hop. Traditional music is usually sung during traditional ceremonies such as Umhlanga, Incwala and during traditional weddings. There are some traditional artists who have taken it to the stage with the backing of the traditional violin (Makoyane) and there are those that sing Mbacanga. Gospel is the current leading music genre in Swaziland, boasting a large following in the small kingdom. Other music genres include Kwaito, House, Jazz, Afro-soul, Choral, RnB and Hip Hop.

Swaziland has seen a huge increase in the number of artists in recent years, dating back to 1998. This was due to an increase in the exposure to computers and music creating softwares, music producers started popping up, people moved away from performing cover songs during school concerts to performing their own material, some local radio djs started playing local material (demos). We have now grown to the level whereby local artists are releasing complete albums.

However, there is still a lot of work to be done in order for Swazi artists to be able to live through their trade. The percentage of local music played on national radio stations is still low as opposed to foreign music, however, it is steadily increasing. My personal proposition would be a policy that grants local artists a larger share of airplay. Swazi artists have been exploited by unscrupulous promoters who make them perform for free. It is now time for each and every Swazi to get involved in building the music industry in Swaziland. You can help the Swazi artist by openning your ears to listen and buying their music instead of pirating it.

Join now and be part of this revolution!

Let us fly the Swazi Flag high!

MUSIC IN SWAZILAND