The Kingdom of Eswatini invites you to ‘bring your fire’ at this internationally acclaimed music and arts festival now in its 13thedition taking place at the end of May from the 24th-26th.
“MTN Bushfire is more than a festival, it’s a living, breathing ecosystem deeply rooted in African soil, yet inclusive and welcoming to guests from all over the world. This uniquely African, and yet globally infused festival experience welcomes thousands in an atmosphere of tolerance and passionate commitment to music, the arts and the environment.”
Named as BBC’s Top African Festival, the MTN Bushfire Festival draws a multi-generational global community of up to 26,000 from 60 different countries flock to the scenic Malkerns Valley to experience an eclectic Pan-African and international line-up of live music, theatre, poetry, film, circus, dance and visual arts. A vibrant handcraft market, family-friendly performances & KidZone as well as the recently introduced interactive art and dialogue space, create a truly eclectic & magical three-day entertainment experience.
Though it’s thoroughly innovative, the festival gives back to the people of Eswatini with 100% of profits donated to two Swazi charities; Young Heroes, a child sponsorship programme assisting Swazi orphans, and Gone Rural boMake, a charity that assists rural Swazi women and the communities with information and infrastructure development, addressing health, education and social concerns.
This festival is a must for music & art lovers and a great way to experience the ‘New Wave’ of Africa at its finest. The line up for this year includes both international artists and acts from all over Africa including Ain TheMachine from Germany; an AudioVisual storyteller with a clear goal: to transform the way we interact with music. Swazi local, Sands who is a Guitarist, songwriter, performing artist and a favorite in the Southern African music scene.
Oliver ‘Tuku’ Mtukudzi is a Zimbabwean musician, businessman, philanthropist, human rights activist, and Unicef goodwill ambassador for Southern Africa region. GranMah, a dub/reggae fusion band from Mozambique, whose humble beginnings originated from a garage in 2009. Alibombo a percussion group from Columbia and an experimentation laboratory. With a noise that creates music from recycled elements, its influences pass through rhythms of the Caribbean and the Colombian Pacific, merged with drum and bass, with many more acts included.
See the full line up here: https://www.bush-fire.com/explore/lineup/
Eswatini displays tradition and progression side-by-side seamlessly through the expression of events in the country; where deep-rooted traditions are balanced by internationally renowned modern festivals like MTM Bushfire, dedicated to the arts, crafts & music that are inspired by traditional elements and fused with modern Africa.