By Setsabile Nkambule | 2019-05-15
ESWATINI National Council of Arts sand Culture is happy with the entertainment industry’s improvement in international collaborations.
This was mentioned by ENCAC CEO Stanley Dlamini following the release of the first report of the First Arts Summit held in February.
Dlamini mentioned that Eswatini’s music industry in the last 10 years has witnessed great impetus and its vibrancy has been widely reported within the Southern Africa region and beyond.
He also said the music scene has witnessed a rapid increase in terms of international collaborations within the last couple of years, ranging from studio to stage as well as business alliances.
“Notable artists that have graced Eswatini’s stages with home-grown artists in the past include Jose Stones and Loyiso Bala, amongst many others. This is something that we are proud of as it makes us stand out as a country,” he said. According to Dlamini, the arts summit intended to investigate the power and potential of the arts. “The arts summit engaged experts from music, film and theatre, promoters and talent scouts aimed at challenging old ideas, spark new ones, and catalyse potent partnerships across disciplines,” he said.
Dlamini stated that they managed to explore how arts was defined and has shaped the world through the stories. He said thesummit focused mainly on three arts codes which were music, film and theatre. experts from the various fields made presentations on how the industry could be nurtured to participate in the growth of the kingdom’s economy.
“The national arts and culture policy highlights that the kingdom of Eswatini is one of the few remaining countries whose sovereignty is deeply rooted in its people’s respect for culture. Culture has remained virtually unchanged since the 19th century despite the influence of western ideologies, especially during colonial times,” Dlamini stated.
According to the award-winning gospel artist Nduduzo Matse, who attended the summit, Eswatini’s music now sounds better than in previous years. “The quality of our music now matches that of international standard. likewise with lyrics and content, it has grown in terms of acceptance not only by local people but the international community as well,” said Matse. Dlamini then stated that they would soon host another summit as the previous one was beneficial to the arts and culture sector.
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