By Siphesihle Dlamini
Dusty & Stones, a beloved Country and Western music duo from Eswatini is set to premiere their highly anticipated documentary locally at House on Fire on November 18.
The announcement was made by the talented musicians, who took to social media to share the exciting news. The premiere event promises to be a memorable experience, starting with a live Q&A session where fans can interact with Dusty & Stones, followed by a captivating live performance by the duo.
The highlight of the evening will be the premiere of their documentary film, which has already earned an impressive nine awards and has been showcased at prestigious film festivals around the world, including the US, Canada, Australia, Mexico, Germany, Spain, and Brazil.
The Dusty & Stones documentary film is a heartwarming and inspiring tale that takes viewers on a continent-crossing hero’s journey, all through the power of country music. The film intimately chronicles the extraordinary story of cousins Gazi “Dusty” Simelane and Linda “Stones” Msibi, two determined country singers hailing from the Kingdom of Eswatini.
It tells a story of when the duo receives an unexpected invitation to record their songs in Nashville and compete in a Texas battle of the bands. In the documentary film, Dusty & Stones embark on a long-awaited pilgrimage to the heartland of country music.
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Their ten-day road trip through the American South becomes a transformative experience as they bring their music to life in a top Nashville recording studio, visit the iconic locations that inspired their favourite country songs, and immerse themselves in the culture they have always felt connected to from afar.
However, their sense of kinship is tested when they arrive in Jefferson, Texas, for the battle of the bands. The leader of the local backing band becomes hostile, threatening to derail the cousins’ debut American performance. With their family and friends eagerly awaiting news back home, Dusty and Stones find themselves shell-shocked but determined to take the stage and fight for recognition for their beloved Eswatini.
In an interview with Stones, he expressed joy at finally being able to bring the documentary home to Eswatini, as the nation has been eagerly anticipating its screening. He also highlighted the historic moment when Dusty & Stones became the first emaSwati artists to perform at the prestigious Grand Ole Opry at Opry House in Nashville, Tennessee, on September 30.
Stones encourages all emaSwati to seize the opportunity to attend the premiere event, emphasizing that the ticket price of E100 is a bargain. Not only will attendees be treated to a Q&A session with the duo and live performance, but they will also have the privilege of being among the first to witness the screening of the documentary.