#BringYourFire Interviews: We Speak to eSwatini Born & Bred Singer-Songwriter, Nana, 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 with Msunduza, Kingdom of eSwatini, born artist — Nana Magagula. Known for her distinct Afro Soul sound, Nana Magagula has raised her home country’s flag high for over decade; plying her trade as a singer-songwriter and a performer. With a powerful voice and a great energy, she is shaping contemporary African soul music. We got a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to catch up with her. 

Describe your gift of making and artistry music in 5 words.
I stand at the center of the universe, marvel at the colours of sound emerging from me (5 words is too hard, this is who I am).

What is the one thing, lesson or experience do you want people to get from your music?
It is possible to sing along and decide to change careers. A divine intervention.

If you weren’t in music, what do you think you would be doing right now?
Planning to be in music.

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What keeps you inspired to make music and what are some of the challenges you continually face in your journey in music?
I paint, I draw, and I love color, the milky-way just a distance above, I play God, faith of a mustard seed. I grow, without any obstacles but lessons.

What are you looking forward to most at this year’s Bushfire Festival?
Bushfire is a nice people gig, good music, good stalls, good looking people, you can’t go wrong. That simple. A really great ambience that is well blended in harmony with nature and the people, never over the top. We can breathe, and that is good.

What can Bushfire Festival attendees expect from your set this year?
Word turned into sound. Sound into music. Word must turn into sound, sound becoming music, enveloping my audience in blissful teaching. I must grow with them a divine intervention as they sing along, a thought for the first time planted in them; they will want to change careers.


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