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COMEDIANS STILL HAVE IT HARD

By Phetsile Mamba | 2020-09-16

COMEDIANS in Eswatini have admitted to be going through a tough time.

Speaking to some of comedians, they said they were still finding it hard to make ends meet.

Speaking to Mdura, he shared that it was tough for every artist at the moment and 2020 has been a tough year. “A shout-out to artists like Dr Shakes, Ndosh, Chuidy, Culolam and Teekay that have all found a way to keep it going during these tough times by seeking opportunities in other spheres of business. At this point, we would love to go back to what we do, love and what brings in income. We wish to do all these shows under the very strict existing conditions of complying with Covid-19 regulations,” he said.

He said they needed to be allowed to work.

“It will take so much time to recover from the impact that the current conditions have had on our businesses and livelihoods, but opening up the industry will be a good thing.

That is all we are asking for and need right now, he said.

Smallz mentioned that as much as they have not seen the proposal sent by the Swaziland Association of Music and Arts (SWAMA) to the ministry of sports, culture and youth affairs but they wished the response was one that favours the industry.

“Honestly, I do not have a comment on the latest developments nor have any expectation from the approached office, not out of indifference nor cowardice - but to wish all our colleagues who have escalated this issue further all the deserved success as they attempt to do good for the industry and their livelihoods,” he said.

He said, however they have also found it hard to earn a living from their craft as well.

"It has honestly and obviously been difficult for us all; but family support has seen us thus far, there have been instances which have almost broke us, but our founding vision has kept us united and fortified our union, thus far and we are confident it will see us straight into life post-COVID-19."

The comedians hope that they are able to host shows as some entertainment events have also opened up.

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