The Tigi Hitmaker Is Riding The Waves Of Success
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 SA too. He did unusual and released his whole album in SiSwati. 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 music industry. With Tigi flying the flag for him, the musician has received a lot of recognition, which he says he says he never expected. Speaking to weekly publication Move mag “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 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,” says the 27 year old. The Mbabane based star says even though he just release 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” he told Move mag.
After he graduated in 2014 he went to work at Unicef , but he resigned after three months because the job he was doing was not for him, he wanted to do music full-time. He had to work hard to convince his parents that he could make a living by doing music full time. He add,” Back than, 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 now working on doing more shows and building his band.
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“Right now my music is out there and I’m trying to build my band’ so I’ve started touring. I’ve been to KZN, The next stop is Mpumalanga then Jozi. I want to go to every City and reach everyone. “
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