By Phetsile Mamba | 2020-03-26
ASSOCIATION of Christian Artists in Eswatini President Phetsile Masilela says gospel artists have no money left.
Masilela spoke about how much gospel artists have been affected by the coronavirus epidemic that the country is facing.
According to Masilela gospel artists were affected very much and they have no money left since all the shows they were hoping to be booked for were cancelled.
She said the situation was bad for some artists as they were last booked in December during the festive season.
“We know January and February is a bad month for most artists but we were hoping to be booked during Easter holidays but since we are in this tragedy there is no way they will be making money,” she said.
She said the industry has been affected to a point where some doubt they would recover even after the situation has passed.
“Some of us are full time artists and we earn a living through the shows, otherwise we have no way to make money,” Masilela said.
The president went on to plead with the government to consider them as well during this period. “The government can do a lot to help us such as using us as the faces to communicate to people about the virus,” she said.
She also pleaded with the Minister of Sports, Culture and Youth Affairs, Madze Harris Bulunga to use artists during this time.
Masilela said she believed that as artists they had a huge following in the kingdom and they can help to sensitise their fans about the virus and they were available to help and support during this time of self isolation.
She also advised artists to use the social media platforms to sell and advertise their music.
“I understand that it will not be easy but we have to try and help ourselves.
Let us use our fan base to generate income for ourselves,” she said. Masilela highlighted that the Eswatini Gospel Awards launch that was suppose to take place next week was postponed till further notice.
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