Catch the pre-release of the inspiring collaborative single “Give Me Fire” by Sands and The One Who Sings, streamed free on Wednesday 8th & Thursday 9th December 2021 on the MTN Bushfire website, before the official release on Sony music distribution platforms on the 10th.

A reflection on the times we are living through, “Give Me Fire” is a song of inspiration, hope and love. This beautiful multicultural collaboration between two of the top artists from Eswatini and South Africa was facilitated by MTN Bushfire for the MTN Bushfire 2021 Digital Series, with the aim of inspiring new creative work and supporting the creative process.

“In a time of limited opportunity for artists to travel and work together, MTN Bushfire is pleased to have been able to facilitate the creation of a new and unique piece of art. We see collaborations as a way for artists to explore new creative directions and expand their visibility through cross-pollination of ideas and fan bases. We started this project by asking ourselves how we could create opportunities for artists to get together and tell new stories. So, stay tuned to MTN Bushfire because we plan on facilitating more of them in the future!” said MTN Bushfire Creative Director Jiggs Thorne.

Sandziso “Sands” Matsebula is one of Eswatini’s best-loved talents. He is a multi-talented guitarist, songwriter, performing artist and Afro-Soul singer who rose to fame in 2015 when he won Best Radio Song of 2015 (for his song Vuma) and Male Artist of the Year at the National Arts and Culture Awards (NACA). His latest album “Sands of Time” is available for download on all music platforms.

Zolani “The One Who Sings” Mahola has earned a global reputation as an extraordinary singer, songwriter, actress and storyteller. Among many achievements, she voiced the character of Zoë in the animated feature film Zambezia, and dropped the single “Wawundithembisile” ft. Sun-El Musician in October 2021. Look out for her debut studio album Theta Mama, available on all music platforms.

The One Who Sings shared how much she enjoyed making this single. “My collaboration with Sands has been full of ease and joy. It’s such a pleasure to connect with a fellow musician who is skilled and capable, but beyond that who is eager and open to what the collaborative process can bring. In this case, it brought a bright, bright continental fire and we can’t wait to share it with the world!”

The “Give Me Fire” single will be released on Sony music download platforms on 10 December, 2021. For a behind-the-scenes peek into the creative process of these amazing artists, check out the short “Give Me Fire” making-of video:

“We made this for all of you out there,” said Sands, “This single is crazy, it’s going to be a banger!”

A huge thank you from MTN Bushfire goes to title sponsors MTN Eswatini for all their support throughout the MTN Bushfire 2021 Digital Series. A big thank you also to the multi-talented producer of “Give Me Fire”, Sean Ou Tim – better known by his stage name Mr Sakitumi – and to Makhulu Media Productions, our content partners in Cape Town, as well as FNB for their contributions to the project.