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Country eSwatini Genres band reggae Festival Sauti za Busara 2006
Black Roses is a six-piece band from eSwatini that performs a mixture of roots reggae, soul and African beats. From their humble beginnings in September 2000, jamming on the balcony of Myxo's, a tourist backpackers near Manzini, Black Roses have reached great heights and are now recognised as one of eSwatini's most powerful, tight and well established bands.
They have chalked up dozens of successful concerts to date at various music and arts festivals, at most of the major venues in eSwatini (most especially House-on-Fire where they established a household name) and also in Mozambique, where every show was a memorial success.
However, their objectives have not always been for money, as the band featured in various charity concerts for HIV/AIDS awareness, with their everlasting hit "I Aids" that continues in demand.
In November 2001, after only a year of being together, Black Roses launched their debut CD, "Love is more than just…". The CD received much acclaim in eSwatini and has been receiving extensive airplay on both the English and siSwati local channels. The band is current re-printing several copies of this same album, to be distributed locally and abroad, with a market in the UK already growing fast.
During December 2002, Black Roses performed alongside some of South Africa's greatest names in music, including Bongo Muffin, Ringo, Sipho Gumde, Don Laka, Caiphus Simenya, Leta Mbulu, Tsepo Tsholo, Four Forty… to name but a few. This was at the Linkfest "Eclipse" 2002 Music Festive held in Masina, South Africa, where Black Roses, clad in Swazi traditional attire, received enormous acclaim for their electrifying and inspiring performance that was seen as an upliftment of the Country of eSwatini within the Music Sectors of the Sub-African region.
The future of the Black Roses is bright and plans are in place for a UK tour later this year. When Black Roses play, they don't just stand there, they give it everything they've got and leave the people with a show to remember. Anyone who's witnessed one of their live shows will testify to something special. Black Roses are probably the hardest and hottest working band in the country of eSwatini, today and tomorrow. But remember, "if you don't know how to dance, blame your legs!"