“BRING YOUR FIRE” TO MTN BUSHFIRE – ALONG WITH TOP SA ACTS
The largest world music and arts festival in Southern Africa, MTN BUSHFIRE takes place the weekend of May 29 – 31st 2015 and will see top SA acts “bring their fire” to the festival.
‘Bring Your Fire’ is MTN BUSHFIRE’s call to action, which encourages proactive and individual contributions to change. Your Fire is your energy, your drive, your opinions and your passions.
MTN Bushfire’s worldwide reputation for it’s visionary approach, authenticity and call to action for igniting a collective response to social change is a unique concept to events in Africa.
The festivals creative programming of workshops, discussions, art exhibitions and guest speakers create a platform for conversation and debate to better understand the issues surrounding us from community level challenges to global concerns.
Before, during and after the festival, MTN BUSHFIRE will enable interactive conversations, comments, thoughts and discussion via social media platforms- using the #BringYourFire hashtag. These conversations willl continue during the event hosted on large LED screens, showcasing discussions from across the festival areas.
SA favourites Freshlyground had this to say about #BringYourFire: “Bring your energy, bring your passion, bring yourself!” As Fela Kuti said: “Music is the weapon and as musicians we have great power in our hands to spread conscious messages, to preach the power of positivity, of love, of unity - and it seems that this has never been more needed than at this time in history!”
The group also went on to say: “We love playing in Swaziland and in particular we love House On Fire, it is definitely one of the most special venues we have ever played in. It has been a while since we have been back, and a while since we have been at the festival so it is like a homecoming for us, or a visit to friends who we haven’t seen in a long time. We are also looking forward to playing some of our new material to the Swazi audience!”
Bongeziwe Mabandla defines #BringYourFire this way: “It means bring your soul, bring you kindness. My first record was called Umlilo (fire) so it's a doubly interesting meaning because I will be literally bringing Umlilo to Bushfire. But I think at a time like this in Africa it's about time everybody put their fires together.”
Bongeziwe also went onto say: “music has the ability to heal and also address some of social ills. Music is very powerful and I am very aware of that.”
So join Freshlyground, Bongeziwe Mabandla and other South African acts including The Soil, The Parlotones, BCUC and Shortstraw and ‘Bring Your Fire’ to MTN Bushfire 2015.
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