#BringYourFire Interviews: We Speak to eSwatini Based Artist, Buddy Masango, Ahead of MTN Bushfire Festival
We’re literally two months away from the MTN Bushfire Festival which happens from the 24th of May to the 26th of May in the Kingdom of eSwatini. Regarded as Africa’s top festival by BBC, the 13th edition of the MTN Bushfire Festival is set to wow its attendees this year with a great lineup which includes acts such as artists, ASA, Mr. Eazi, Blinky Bill and more. This year, the festival is even more special as it is the Igoda Circuit’s first official festival circuit which will see a handful of artists tour Southern Africa — hitting eSwatini, Mozambique, South Africa and Réunion Island.
We recently caught up Piggs Peak, Kingdom of eSwatini, born African country and soul musician — Buddy Masango. Described as a middle of the road country musician, Buddy Masango has been active in the music industry for over three decades; fusing Swazi folk music and Western country music. Buddy Masango is set to perform at this year’s MTN Bushfire Festival. Read our conversation with him below.
Describe your gift of making and artistry music in 5 words.
I am very passionate about my music.
What is the one thing, lesson or experience do you want people to get from your music?
I want people to get a sense of where I am from. I have a very strong rural background and I hope that really comes through in my music.
If you weren’t in music, what do you think would you be doing right now?
I would be camping and fishing every single day.
What keeps you inspired to make music and what are some of the challenges you continually face in your journey in music?
When it comes to composing music, ideas and melodies constantly pop up in my head and that forms the basis of my inspiration to keep to creating music. One of my biggest challenges in my music journey is not having a consistent band is a challenge.
What are you looking forward to the most at this year’s Bushfire Festival?
I am looking forward to a lot of roof-blowing music from the different artists lined up to perform at the festival.
What can Bushfire Festival attendees expect from your set this year?
They can expect a lot of captivating African country and soul music.