Sean Kingston keen to work with SA artists

2011-02-23 16:56

The Miami-born, Jamaican-raised singer Sean Kingston, who is performing in Johannesburg this weekend, wants to collaborate with South African musicians.

While Kingston admitted that he hadn’t heard any local bands’ music, he did express interest in South African music: “I would definitely be interested in collaborating with local musicians in the future as I am keen to do new collabs. I think with music you have to have an open mind and be willing to experiment with new things,” he said today.

Kingston, who was discovered on MySpace – much like his close friend and teen sensation Justin Bieber – will perform hits such as Beautiful Girls, Letting Go (Dutty Love) and Fire Burning to thousands of adoring fans.

Kingston dreams of working with rapper Kanye West in the future and commended the Grammy award-winning rapper for being “pure genius”.

Having turned 21 just three weeks ago, the singer says he is single, but in a relationship with music: “I feel like right now is not the right time for me to be in a relationship, I want to focus on my music. I wouldn’t be able to dedicate any time to a partner with all the touring and making music”, he said.

Kingston, who is performing in South Africa for the second time, has big plans for leaving a lasting legacy: “I think you need to always remain relevant if you want to have a full and long-lasting career in the industry. You have to keep working hard, and putting your music out there because that’s the only part of the industry which you can control.”

He is working on his new album and intends to return to South Africa.

Kingston will perform at Emperor’s Palace on February 25 and 26. Tickets, from R350, can be bought through Computicket.

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