Music

South Africa’s Loyiso & Swaziland’s Sands Release a Heart-Melting Duet

Loyiso and Sands' IsiXhosa and SiSwati vocals blend well over a mellow piano key-heavy instrumental in "Ndimbonile."

For his latest single "Ndimbonile," South African veteran R&B singer Loyiso joined forces with Swazi soul singer Sands.


Sands has had a great 2017. His catchy and soulful single "Tigi" took Swaziland and South Africa by storm. His album Sands of Time went gold in South Africa–a first for a non-gospel Swazi artist.

The collaboration, titled "Ndimbonile," sees the two singers go back and forth, exchanging vocals about a special somebody who melts their hearts.

Loyiso and Sands' IsiXhosa and SiSwati vocals blend well over a mellow piano key-heavy instrumental.

The song's minimal video, directed by Kyle White, was shot in an open desert-esque veld. Alongside the model who plays the special lady, it features musician and brother to Loyiso, Phelo Bala, who plays the piano.

"Ndimbonile" will be that song you play after a long night of doing the vosho to Distruction Boys, this festive season.

Watch the video below, and revisit our interview with Sands from March, here.

Interview

Interview: The Awakening of Bas

We talk to Bas about The Messenger, Bobi Wine, Sudan, and the globalized body of Black pain.

The first thing you notice when you begin to listen to The Messenger—the new investigative documentary podcast following the rise of Ugandan singer, businessman and revolutionary political figure Bobi Wine—is Bas' rich, paced, and deeply-affecting storytelling voice.

Whether he is talking about Uganda's political landscape, painting a picture of Bobi Wine's childhood, or drawing parallels between the violence Black bodies face in America and the structural oppression Africans on the continent continue to endure at the hands of corrupt government administrations, there is no doubt that Bas (real name Abbas Hamad) has an intimate understanding of what he's talking about.

We speak via Zoom, myself in Lagos, and him in his home studio in Los Angeles where he spends most of his time writing as he cools off from recording the last episode of The Messenger. It's evident that the subject matter means a great deal to the 33-year-old Sudanese-American rapper, both as a Black man living in America and one with an African heritage he continues to maintain deep ties with. The conversation around Black bodies enduring various levels of violence is too urgent and present to ignore and this is why The Messenger is a timely and necessary cultural work.

Below, we talk with Bas aboutThe Messenger podcast, Black activism, growing up with parents who helped shape his political consciousness and the globalized body of Black pain.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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