Hot on the heels of the announcement of Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 as the headline act for this year’s event, the MTN Bushfire Festival, taking place in the Malkerns Valley in the Kingdom of Eswatini from May 27 – 29, has announced the rest of the eclectic and exciting line-up from across Africa and around the globe.
Just some of the exciting acts added to this year’s line-up include Congolese-born singer, songwriter, music producer, entrepreneur and philanthropist Tresor; South African award-winning Maskandi music legend Ihhashi Elimhlophe; and the legendary Don Laka, who in 2022 marks a 50-year crescendo of artistic discovery and reinvention as one of South Africa’s revered musical icons.
In true MTN Bushfire style, the line-up this year will feature a wholesome and family-friendly mix of pan-African and international artists from across different genres who do more than simply entertain but use their art as a powerful form of creative expression.
The line-up reflects a strong representation of African talent including Botswana melodist and songwriter Mpho Sebina, a global music force with a voice that dances over melodic beats and production; Moticoma, a vibrant band inspired by deep roots and traditional elements of Mozambican music; South Africa’s Bonj, who describes her sound as a blend of electronic music with soulful melodies and groove; Mandisi Dyantyis, an acclaimed South African vocalist, trumpeter and musical director known for his versatility in Jazz, Western Classical and African indigenous music; and Georgetown and the Moonies, a complementary Afro-fusion mix of Blue Billy Folk and African brass; to name just a few.
Global discoveries ready to be enjoyed this year include Gavriela, an Austrian-Peruvian artist, singer-songwriter and producer who is known for her ethereal tribal pop music and spiritual visual experiences; Blindsmyth, a Berlin based musical globetrotter always on the road searching for new musical ideas and sounds to inspire and get inspired; Reunion Island’s Aurus, Eritrean-born, Amsterdam-raised R & B artist Rimon, and the wide soundscapes of Amsterdam based Ghanaian artist Bnnyhunna.
As always, MTN Bushfire will also feature some of the hottest DJ’s, including South Africa’s home-grown legend, DJ Ready D as well as Jamiie, an international DJ and producer based in Berlin; Ms Selfie, a Zambian based Afro House DJ known for her versatility and passion for House music and its sub-genre, Amapiano; DBN Gogo from South Africa; and Culoe De Song a South African producer, remixer and DJ. Of course, there is also the full line-up of amazing DJ talent that will grace the Ballentine’s Firefly Stage throughout the weekend. The full programme can be found on the MTN Bushfire website.
This year will see a strong comedy line-up headed by South African comedy legends Rob van Vuuren and KG Mokgadi, teaming up with Zimbabwe’s iconic Q Dube and Eswatini’s very own, and very hilarious, Mdura for an MTN Bushfire All-Star stand-up comedy show. Join some of Africa’s most exciting comedy voices for a side-splitting addition to your MTN Bushfire experience! This truly fired up selection of multi-award-winning comedians will give you a fresh and hilarious perspective on the chaos of the last few years.
More information on all these amazing artists can be found on the Artists page at www.bush-fire.com.