Lauded by CNN as one of the “7 African music festivals you really have to see”,  and most recently names as BBC’s Top African Festival, MTN Bushfire is Swaziland’s internationally acclaimed music & arts festival that celebrates creative expression whilst promoting social responsibility, stimulating the economy and drawing talent and tourists from across Africa and around the world.


With MTN Bushfire 2015 tickets completely selling out days before the event, fans of this unique event know the importance of booking early.


MTN Bushfire is therefore pleased to announce that early-bird discounted tickets will be available via the MTN Bushfire website and Facebook page, www.bush-fire.com, www.facebook.com/MTNBushfirefrom January 15th 2016.


This year, to improve and simplify your MTN Bushfire experience, there are a variety of ticketing options, including tickets with or without camping, full festival or day passes, and other options.  Visit the website to view all the ticketing options available at early bird special prices.


These limited early bird tickets will go on sale on January 15th  2016  via the MTN Bushfire online platforms only and only while stocks last– so festival goers are urged to purchase their tickets as soon as possible.



 As in previous years, the MTN BUSHFIRE artist line-up will feature a dynamic range of artists from across southern Africa and the globe.


MTN Bushfire is proud to announce that Mali’s internationally acclaimed world-music stars Songhoy Blues have been confirmed for this year’s main stage. Though their music bears elements of contemporary rock and hip hop, at its heart is a deep attachment to the homegrown songs and dances of Mali’s Songhoy people, as well as to such iconic West African guitar heroes as Baba Salah and Ali Farka Touré.


Their debut album has been described by top music magazine NME as “a masterpiece of desert blues, blending American guitar licks with Malian grooves.” Formed from the adversity of Mali, Songhoy Blues’ music is full of northern flavours: Gao takamba, Touareg guitar, Songhoy trance and traditional desert melodies. But all those tired old ‘world music’ prejudices have no place here. Songhoy Blues are four guys, guitar, drums, bass and vocals, driving rhythms, big hearts and a big story to tell.  


Also confirmed for 2016 is the exciting new South African collaborative outfit Bombshelter Beast featuring Pitch Black Afro.  This group of renegades is wanted by Interpol’s jazz police for their genre breaking eclectic fusion of Afrikaans -jazz-afro-rap has to be seen to be believed. The ever-changing international line-up includes jazz artists and for their MTN BUSHFIRE 2016 performance will feature Pitch Black Afro.


Other top acts performing at MTN Bushfire 2016 include one of South Africa’s hottest acts – Mafikizolo – whose 2014 comeback made waves across South Africa and beyond, have also been confirmed for MTN Bushfire 2016. 


Joining these initial confirmed artists is Pablo Nouvelle, a filmmaker and musician from Switzerland who takes soul “back to the future” with a combination of new sounds and old samples. Manu Delago, an Austrian percussionist and composer, best known as Bjork’s hang drummer, will also perform alongside saxophonist and clarinet player Pepe Auer.


South African artists confirmed include, as always, cutting edge acts such as Native Young, Nomadic Orchestra, Felix Laband, and Toby2Shoes.


Acts from Swaziland include Bholoja,Nomzamo Zaza Dlamini & Fanaza!


Further acts are being finalized and more artists will be confirmed in the build-up to MTN Bushfire 2016.

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