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SA artist making waves in Sweden  

by Stella Sigcau

20 March 2019

Sisanda Nilsson who is making waves in Sweden has made a name for herself as a songwriter and performing artist, building a career on a global scale. She has performed in some of South Africa’s and Europe’s biggest events such as the Ugu Jazz Festival, Durban Jazz Festival, Frizon, Storsjoran, MylthSylth, KlusFestivalen and many more. Her hit single, “If this is love” won Swedish competition called p4Nasta in Jamtland province in 2017.

She has worked with both local and international well known producers like Markus Gorasson, Johan Arveli and Mondli Ngcobo. In 2018 she embarked on a successful tour with her band in Sweden and released her first acoustic album. In celebrating Africa day she’ll be joining other well known artists including Daniel Ess, Tobbe P Danjelisa Kojo perfoming on 29 May 2019 during the Vikings Island Roots Reggae Festival in Storsjoteatern, Sweden.

In June 2019 she’ll be recording her next album in South Africa. She is currently shooting a documentary in Sweden where she is currently living with her husband and son which will be featured on Netflix and Swedish television stations.

A Princess by birth from the Faku clan, Sisanda Nilsson was born in the Eastern Cape in Mfundisweni, Flagstaff  (ESiphaqeni). Singing has always been part of her roots and upbringing as she came from a family that loved to sing including her grandmother who is her inspiration. Her music career officially kicked off when she entered, “The championships of the performing arts competition” which took her to Los Angeles to represent South Africa. She put her music on hold to pursue her studies.  On completion of her studies, Sisanda Nilsson ventured into the world of volunteer work and traveled Africa until she decided to take up her singing and songwriting career in 2011.

In 2015 she released her first hit song indlela yam with Touch Africa Records.  Her hit singles “Indlela yam, if this is love, intombi yosapho and Gone crazy” are currently on high rotation both in South Africa and Sweden. As a philanthropist who is committed to ploughing back through empowering youth both in South Africa and Sweden, she established a nonprofit organisation called Life Runners.

She is currently working on launching an International Festival called IIngcambu Zomculo later on in the year in Flagstaff her home town bringing along international artists to perform and share her culture whilst contributing to community development and South Africa broader heritage. 

As a young culture ambassador who has made her mark as a songstress and songwriter, a philanthropist who is flying South African flag high making waves abroad, she has been nominated for the Princess Stella Sigcau II Award which will be handed over during the annual Mpondo Culture and Heritage Festival taking place every third weekend of September in Ntabankulu, Eastern Cape, South Africa.




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