2015 ARTIST LINE-UP ANNOUNCED
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 perormances are complimented 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 programme 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 Swaziland 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 general worldviews about modern Africa.
Black Jesus Experience (Australia)
Black Jesus Experience blend 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 DJ’s. 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 electro active 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 “bubblegum/disco” gems from the late 80’s 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 favourites as well as some brand new material. Fronted by the diminutive but dynamic Zolani Mahola, the band exudes a 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.
Haja Madagascar & the Groovy People [Madagascar/ Congo/ Mozambique/Swaziland]
Charismatic guitarist, singer and multi-instrumentalist, Haja Madagascar collaborates with some of Africa’s finest musicians including; celebrated Congolese bass player Michel Lumana, drummer Stelio Mondlane from Mozambique and vocalists Spirits Indigenous from Swaziland. This one off musical project of collaborating artists, are brought together by African Synergy and will be touring the 2015 Firefest route.
DJ InviZable & the Champions of the Sonarverse (South Africa)
A master of staging creative Guerrilla performances, DJ INVIZABLE, brings together the champions of the sonarverse for a mind-blowing experience.
Jaojoby is commonly recognised as the most popular singer in Madagascar and the Indian Ocean islands and is widely referred to as the "King of Salegy". His success has earned him such honors as Artist of the Year in Madagascar for two consecutive years (1998–1999) and the role of Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Population Fund in 1999. Jaojoby Firefest route tour is support by the Alliance Francaise.
Joana Serrat (Spain)
Inspired by American roots musicians including Roy Orbison, Neil Young and Bob Dylan, singer-songwriter Joana Serrat, from Barcelona, Spain, joins us this year to showcase her original blend of folk music. Joana Serret is supported by the Spanish Embassy of Mozambique.
New colonists of the pop empire, Kadebostany have swiftly catapulted themselves into the spotlight with their irresistible blend of pop music. Their latest single, is featured as the theme song for the Blockbuster film, 50 Shades of Grey catapulting them into the global spotlight supported with an extensive world tour. Kadebostany’s Firefest route tour is supported by ProHelvetia, South Africa.
Les Nubians (France)
Les Nubians are one of the most successful French speaking bands, best known for their Billboard R&B Single “Makeda” from their Grammy-nominated album Princesses Nubiennes. LES NUBIANS’ newest album, NU REVOLUTION, perfectly sums up their Pan-African approach and ethos.
Nomsa M (Swaziland)
Nomsa M, has established herself a leading female Swazi vocalist. She’s best known for her traditional African jazz ‘Pop sound, delivered on stage with strength, passion and charisma.
The Parlotones (South Africa)
The Parlotones are one of the biggest rock bands to come out of South Africa. Having recently returned from a stint in the US,-The Parlotone’s share their latest material at MTN Bushfire 2015.
Poni Hoax (France)
French electro-rock band Poni Hoax, uniquely feature two keyboard players who are complimented by a traditional pop rhythm section. They are expected to deliver a distinctly retro inspired set at MTN BUSHFIRE 2015. Poni Hoax are proudly supported by IFAS.
Ras Reggie & Ras Ritchie Project (Swaziland)
Ras Reggie, Co-Founder of the veteran Swazi Reggae group Imphandze and Black Roses teams with Ras Ritchie in an all-star Swazi line-up- Expect sweet reggae tunes!
Safeguard Young People Project (SADC Artists Collaboration)
Imagine what it would be like if all adolescents and young people in Southern Africa are healthy, productive and empowered. The UNFPA aims to contribute to this vision by uniting seven of the regions young, influential artists to communicate themes of social behaviour change.
Artists include KRTC (Swaziland) Zeus (Botswana) DJ Kaliwa (Zambia) The Dogg (Namibia) Bryan K (Zimbabwe) Stlofa (Lesotho) and Gwamba (Malawi).
Shortstraw (South Africa)
Having taken South Africa by storm with a series of radio hits, Johannesburg based indie-pop band, Shortstraw’s infectious summertime music is sure to deliver ideal festival vibes.
Sweet Sweet Moon (Austria)
Sweet Sweet Moon, features multi-instrumentalist Matthias Frey. His traditional singer songwriter approach has evolved, integrating a diverse musical skillset. On stage, expect bold orchestral style arrangements led by his violin and loop pedal. Sweet Sweet Moon, is supported by the Austrian Embassy of South Africa.
Tlale Makhene (Swaziland/South Africa/Mozambique/Malawi)
Swazi groove master Tlale Makhene is recognised as Swaziland’s leading percussionist/composer. His prolific career has included producing and performing on over 300 jazz and world music album collaborations. Tlale Makhene will be joined on stage with acclaimed musicians Helder Gonzaga, Erik Paliani, Bernice Boikanyo & Thando Matsebula. This regional music collaboration is sponsored by ProHelvitica.
Tonik and friends (South Africa/Swaziland)
Tonik present silent performances! Introducing headphones for individual members of the audience with personal volume control, a concert by Tonik is a revolutionary and immersive experience. This year Tonik are set to perfume with Swazi musicians Smiles Makhama and Ralph Smit.
Transito (Mozambique/ USA/France)
Projecto Transito is an acoustic journey of discovery between musicians of varied musical and cultural origins using traditional instruments from around the world.
True Vibenation (Zim/Australia)
Made up of African/Australian twins, this Australian band has developed a solid reputation for their electric live shows. True Vibenation bring a fresh approach to hip-hop, blending elements of afro-beat, jazz, dubstep, soul and Latin music to create a global sound.
The Soil (South Africa)
Platinum selling acapella trio, The Soil, are back by popular demand to the MTN BuUSHFIRE main stage. The group are best known for performing in a melodic township style, which they call Kasi Soul.
Please note that there are still more acts to be added in the upcoming months. Stay tuned.
MTN BUSHFIRE 2015 TICKETS
Early bird tickets are available until March 31st from the MTN BUSHFIRE website, www.bush-fire.com.
From April 1st physical tickets will be available from the MTN BUSHFIRE website and outlets in Maputo, Johannesburg and Swaziland. In Johannesburg, the Lucky Bean restaurant in Melville.
In Maputo, Bairro Bistro. In Swaziland, at the All Out Africa Internet Café MTN service centres in Riverstone Mall and Corporate Place, as well as at Shak’s Gables, Rob’s Matsapha and E-Top Up in Bhunu Mall.
Make sure you are one of the 20,000 music and arts fans who “BRING THEIR FIRE” to the scenic farmlands of the Malkerns Valley to experience this unique event.
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