MTN Bushfire spices lineup

As MTN Bushfire 2017 was officially launched in Swaziland last week, a host of exciting new additions to the 2017 festival event were announced. From new artists and stages to lounge spaces and gear, MTN Bushfire 2017 is shaping up to be an unforgettable and not-to-be-missed event.

Tickets are selling fast, and are expected to sell-out well in advance of the event, as has been the case in the past three years. Don’t miss out on the event names Africa’s Most Responsible Event and also named by BBC as Africa’s Top Festival!

To avoid disappointment – book now:

New Golden Lounge Deck

For those who enjoy the finer things in life, MTN Bushfire presents a space specially curated with premium comfort in mind. The MTN Bushfire Golden Lounge is an inspired space of experiential offerings with a fiery atmosphere that resonates with the overall festival aesthetic. This year, MTN Bushfire festival brings more fire to Golden Lounge guests with extended raised deck space for better stage view from the comfort of your seat. 

The Malandela’s restaurant will also be offering an exciting new food option as well as experiential lounges offering whisky and wine tasting.  Guests can also enjoy the use of new and improved restrooms as well as a rejuvenation room for those that might fancy beauty or massage treatments during the course of the weekend. 

FireFly Stage

MTN Bushfire 2017 is also thrilled to announce the newest addition to this year’s Festival, MTN Bushfire Firefly STAGE, proudly sponsored by MTN, gives budding local artists the chance to perform alongside top regional DJs. More than 100 local artists from a variety of genres have entered a competition to perform on the stage, and on the 5th of May 2017 the Top 3 performers will be chosen for MTN Bushfire 2017!


All MTN Bushfire fans will be happy to know that they now have the chance to get their hands on our exclusive merchandise before they even arrive at the festival. We have a button on the MTN Bushfire facebook page and on the MTN Bushfire website that leads to a “Bushfire Merchandise” online store where exclusive 2017 products are available. Fans can purchase their t-shirts ahead of time and will then be given a ticket to collect from the merchandise stall during the festival. 

Latest Artists Announced

MTN Bushfire is also excited to announce another batch of top-notch artists who will be performing over the weekend. South African songstress Zahara, Mozambiques The Mute Band, Aero Manyelo and Spoek Mathambo’s Batuk Collective, and American acapella group The Exchange are just a few of the latest acts to be announced.

These acts are in addition to the all-star line-up already announced that includes Hugh Masekela, Tkzee, Jah Prayzah, GoodLuck, Jermemy Loops, Faada Freddy, The Kiffness, Matthew Mole, Baloji, Bombino, Jojo Abbot and many more. 

Zahara (South Africa)

The South African songstress is a complete musician, apart from singing with an alto voice, she also plays the guitar. Her music is a mixture of neo-soul, Afro-pop sounds with rock elements, traditional Xhosa rhythms with the mixture of chanting reggae and blues. Some people have already likened her to US singer Tracy Chapman because of her guitar-playing style.

The Mute Band (Mozambique)

Mute Band is the Band of Mutes because this band has no vocalist. Its fundamental basis is the sample, taking its audience on a sound trip through hip hop with psychedelic atmospheres, bringing to the public an experience never seen in the scene of Mozambican music.

Batuk (South Africa/Mozambique/Uganda)

Batuk is a creative collective founded by prolific artist and vocalist Manteiga, alongside South African electronic music producers Aero Manyelo and Spoek Mathambo. The central function of Batuk is to connect the African diaspora based on shared and exchanged rhythm, culture and language.

The Exchange (United States)

The Exchange is an American appella Quintet. All the sounds are formed by the human voice, from the lyrics to the drums. The Exchange creates an atmosphere where everyone in the audience feels like they are part of the show. The show is half concert, half house party as the group’s diversity appeals to audiences all across the globe.

DJ Fred Spider (France)

On stage, he turns himself to an eclectic style and took his inspiration from polymorphous beats and dancing grooves, spreading his well known good mood on the dancefloor: Mod, Jazz, 50’s R’n’B, Swing, Motown, Rare Soul, Deep funk, Brazilian Beats, Latin Kicks, Soulful Drum’n’Bass and more. 

Karla Kenya (Swaziland/Germany/USA)

Karla Kenya took the crown as the winner for EMI’s DJ Competition “She Can DJ“ for GSA in 2012., making her the first black female in history to win the electronic dance music driven competition. 

Itallo Dlamini (Swaziland)

Itallo Dlamini is a born and bred Swazi jazz artist. whose inclination and approach to music was greatly influenced by jazz legends including Hugh Masekela, Jonas Gwangwa, Miles Davis and many others who played brass instruments.

Vukazithathe (South Africa)

Bhekisenzo Cele aka Vukazithathe is a multi-instrumentalist, composer and singer with a powerful energy and a great knack for improvisation. He is a veteran of the south coast KwaZulu-Natal music scene.

Easy Freak (South Africa)

Easy Freak is a new electronic duo based in Durban, Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa, consisting of Dominic Hurd and Jude Kenrick. Their sound is hard to pin down, as it’s an eclectic mix of Pop/Electro/Funk/Soul and other sounds combined, but one thing’s for sure, they’ll get you moving.

Bholoja (Swaziland)

Bholoja’s striking multi-coloured voice and his native lyrical songs has won respect and expanded his following across national borders. Bholoja is Swaziland’s rising symbol of song, art and culture. His greatest inspiration is Swazi tradition and way of life.

Hanwah (UK)

Hanwah is a pianist and vocalist who uses the help of the looper to channel the blues and jazz she grew up with, the folk and she grew into, and the South African jazz pianists that currently inspire her.

Dusty & Stones (Swaziland)

Winners of Tihlabani Awards for best country group/artist for three consecutive years: 2009, 2010 and, 2011, Dusty & Stones is made up of two talented country artists. Dusty is on lead & harmony vocals, whilst Stones is also on lead & harmony locals.

Lodanda (Swaziland)

Lodanda’s music is 100% undiluted pure Swazi music with a pure African vibe. Through her music, you will experience the pure Swazi beat, pure Swazi voices and tunes; most of all, her songs tell you the story of a Swazi woman in a dance.

Nicholas Ellenbogen’s Theatre for Africa (South Africa)

THEATRE FOR AFRICA was founded by Elizabeth and Nicholas Ellenbogen in September 1989. Their aim has been to research, create and perform works of Africa at a top international level. They have developed and trained more than 100 actors from Cairo to Cape Town creating truly useful rural theatre groups.

Author: Muzi Mohale

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