The world music artists for the MTN Bushfire 2019 festival have been announced. This epic gig runs from 24 to 26 May 2019.
The Bushfire event is more than a festival. It’s a living, breathing ecosystem rooted in African soil, yet it welcomies guests from all over the world. Every year over 26 000 attendees from 60 countries make the journey to the peaceful Malkerns Valley of eSwatini for an energizing weekend that celebrates the music and arts of Africa and beyond.
Check out some of these acts on various stages at MTN Bushfire 2019, including the Main Stage, House on Fire Ampitheatre and The Barn. These musicians will also tour the southern African region as part of the Igoda Southern African Music Festival Circuit.
MTN Bushfire 2019 highlights
Meute – Germany
When the bass drops and the confetti blows up, Meute breaks the code. The techno marching band combines hypnotic driving techno and expressive brass band music, freeing electronic music from the DJ desk and overhauling the image of marching bands. Just drums and brass – no computers involved, this is all they need to revolutionize techno music and bring it back to its roots at the same time.
Sands – eSwatini
Guitarist, songwriter and singer Sands has been celebrated from all corners of Eswatini long before his song Tigi Tigi propelled him into the Southern African music scene. Sands’
journey as an artist began in high school when his brother-in-law bought him a guitar.
Oliver Mtukudzi – Zimbabwe
Oliver Tuku Mtukudzi is a businessman, philanthropist, human rights activist and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for Southern Africa Region. Tuku is considered Zimbabwe’s most internationally recognised cultural icon. He has become the most revered voice to emerge from Zimbabwe and has earned a devoted following across Africa and beyond.
Mandla Mlangeni – South Africa
Trumpeter, composer, bandleader of the Tune Recreation Committee and Amandla Freedom Ensemble, Mandla Mlangeni is the bandleader of the Tune Recreation Committee. Their debut album, Voices Of Our Vision, was the one of the New York Times’ Best Albums of 2017 and SAMA nominee for Best Jazz Album.
Maia and The Big Sky – Kenya
Maia represents a different flavor to Kenya’s contemporary musical landscape. Her magnetic vocals, both in Kiswahili and English, weave together African polyrhythms with soul and folk, creating a warmth that transcends continents. Daughter of Kenyan musical legend Sal Davis, Maia has earned herself a reputation as one of Kenya’s most explosive live performers.
Eme & Moonchild – Nigeria & South Africa
Moonchild Sanelly grew up in Port Elizabeth. Her love for jazz, hip-hop and kwaito were influenced by her experiences in the Durban music scene. She’s performed alongside Gcina Hlope, Busi Mhlongo and Madala Kunene and collaborated with DJ Maramza, BLK JKS and Thandiswa Mazwai.
Dobet Gnahore – Cote d’Ivoire
Singer Dobet Gnahoré is the daughter of percussionist Boni Gnahoré, she plays with Na Afriki, which consists of French and Tunisian musicians who accompany her on guitar,
sanza, balafon, calebasse and bongos. Due to the civil war, she moved to France in 1999. In 2004, Gnahoré released her debut album Ano Neko. In 2006. She was a nominee at the World Music Awards (Newcomer) and shared an award for Best Urban/ Alternative Performance with India Arie at the 52nd Grammy Awards.
Granmah – Mozambique
GranMah is a dub / reggae fusion band that started in a garage in 2009. They recorded an LP and have been featured on various TV and radio shows. In 2012, they won a public contest to open the Mozambique Music Awards gala, with their first single, Starlight Stardust.
Lindigo – Reunion Island
Maloya group Lindigo was founded in . It’s led by Olivier Araste, the singer from
Paniandy. They have released four albums, the latest being Maloya Power in 2012.
Alibombo – Colombia
Alibombo, besides being a percussion group, is an experimentation laboratory. With noise that creates music from recycled elements, its influences pass through rhythms of the Caribbean and the Colombian Pacific, merged with drum and bass.
Winner of the African Responsible Tourism Awards Most Sustainable Event Award in 2017, The MTN Bushfire festival was also hailed iby CNN as one of the 7 African music festivals you really have to see in 2016, and listed by BBC as a Top African festival.
What: MTN Bushfire 2019 festival
Where: Malkerns Valley of eSwatini, Swaziland Africa
When: 24 – 26 May 2019
MTN Bushfire tickets: https://www.bush-fire.com/tickets/buy-tickets/
Bushfire Festival Swaziland: www.bush-fire.com