Africa’s most diverse world music and arts festival announced its main artist line-up at the official launch event held in Swaziland on Wed March 25th. MTN BUSHFIRE returns on May 29 – 31st 2015 with the most eclectic and star studded line-up to date.
Popular acts featured in the highly anticipated line- up include Switzerland pop artists Kadebostany, Poni Hoax from France and from Madagascar, Jaojoby in addition to Swaziland’s Tlale Makhene. MTN BUSHFIRE is also thrilled to welcome back to the main stage South African acts The Soil, Freshlyground and international rock super-stars, The Parlotones. Other top South African acts to feature for the first time this year include Bongeziwe Mabandla and BCUC.
These newly announced artists will take their place alongside Grammy-winning MTN BUSHFIRE 2015 headliners, Les Nubians. Other artists also previously announced include top South African acts Shortstraw, Australia’s Black Jesus Experience, as well as Mozambique’s Banda Kakana amongst many others.
The three full days of live musical performances are complemented by a range of cultural and family-oriented activities which include The Barn, an interactive art, dialogue, and performance space, the Global Food Village, the Handcraft and Design Marketplace and the Kidzone hosting a dedicated program for families.
The main stage line-up for MTN BUSHFIRE 2015 reflects a truly global and diverse range of musical genres– hailing from as far afield as Australia, Turkey, and Austria complimenting the many artists performing from African countries closer to home.
MTN Bushfire 2015 Artist Line-Up
Since their formation in 2004, the Turkish indie-pop band 123 has been dazzling audiences with their intriguing stories and dreamy melodies. 123 are supported by the Turkish Embassy of Mozambique.
Amandla Freedom Ensemble (South Africa)
An urban arts music collective of young jazz musicians dedicated to the advancement and preservation of the South African music legacy.
Banda Kakana (Mozambique)
Banda Kakana is a leading representative of a new generation of Mozambican bands, following in the celebrated footsteps of groups like Ghorwane, Eyuphuro and Orquestra Marrabenta Star of Mozambique.
Bashayi Bengoma Ensemble (Swaziland)
An ensemble of traditional Swazi music, performed by artists from across Swazi- land will gather to perform old and news songs, with lyrics poetically speaking about life, love and beauty.
BCUC (South Africa)
Bantu Continua Uhuru Consciousness (BCUC) consists of seven musicians from Soweto, South Africa. BCUC moves the audience both physically and emotionally with a sound derived straight from our ancestral lineage and demystifies the gen- eral worldviews about modern Africa.
Black Jesus Experience (Australia)
Black Jesus Experience blends traditional Ethiopian music along with modern hip hop and funk grooves. Their rhymes & chimes deliver the musical strength and beauty of Africa through the vocal prism of hip-hop and the freedom of jazz.
Bongeziwe Mabandla (South Africa)
Two-time SAMA nominee, Bongeziwe Mabandla has been making waves at home and overseas with his blend of urban- African folk. He has performed at festivals in Germany and Spain, as well as opening for the likes of Joss Stone during her South African tour.
Culoe de Song (South Africa)
Top South African DJ and producer, Culoe de Song brings his energetic deep house set to the main stage of MTN BUSHFIRE 2015.
Once again MTN Bushfire brings together the finest selection of Swazi DJs. MTN Bushfire presents: DJ Zoe, DJ Cream, DJ Mseto, DJ Mkay, DJ Peace and DJ Mixmash.
DJ Danger Ingozi (South Africa)
The ever-progressive DJ Danger Ingozi has been flexing his electroactive polymers with a high voltage selection of forward-thinking dance music, often infused with African, Baile, Balkan, Reggae, Tropicana and other World Beats.
DJ Okapi (South Africa)
DJ Okapi digs up South African “bubble- gum/disco” gems from the late ’80s and early 90s.
Freshlyground (South Africa)
Freshlyground is on home ground! One of SouthAfrica’s most treasured acts, at MTN BUSHFIRE They will perform old favorites as well as some brand new material. Fronted by the diminutive but dynamic Zolani Mahola, the band exudes live performance energy that has been the bedrock of their success. Although hailing from diverse backgrounds, between them the band’s members weave a musical magic that is highly infectious and undeniably groovy.