MTN Bushfire is excited to be a founding member of the IGODA festival circuit, an initiative which will help to promote our festival and bring a wider diversity of artists and audience to the event.
IGODA is an isiZulu word that means “knot” or “to bind together”. It is a unique and innovative concept that brings together the finest music festivals in Southern Africa to create one of the first touring circuits on the African continent. IGODA is a partnership born out of the Firefest Route of Southern African festivals, with Azgo Festival (Maputo, Mozambique), Bassline Africa Day (Johannesburg, South Africa), MTN Bushfire (Malkerns, Swaziland), Zakifo Festival (Durban, South Africa) and Sakifo Festival (Saint-Pierre, Reunion Island) as the founding members.
IGODA is an exciting development for local and international artists, festival professionals and music fans from Southern Africa and across the world. The circuit presents an incredible opportunity for artists and fans to travel across the region celebrating music and strengthening the region’s interconnected creative economies.
IGODA’s aims are:
- Creating a sustainable touring circuit in the SADC region. Developing cultural economies in the region with artist exposure, audience development, job creation and trade creation;
- Enabling the festivals in the circuit to have a wider diversity of artists and a better audience / festival experience;
- Capacity building and sustainable skills development, professionalization of arts and culture practitioners in the region;
- Arts collaboration opportunities;
- To address social issues through arts and culture, promotion of social cohesion and social responsibility.
2017 Festival Dates
MTN Bushfire (26 – 28 May 2017)
Whilst MTN Bushfire is most well-known as Southern Africa’s most diverse and inclusive world music festival that features artists from over a dozen countries, it also includes visual and performing arts, cultural activities and a compelling line-up of theatre, art exhibits and more – making it a sensory explosion of fun and activity for the whole family. Over the past decade, MTN Bushfire has continually brought its fire with a significant percentage of profits supporting local charities. The festival has achieved a worldwide reputation for its visionary approach, authenticity and call to action for creating awareness of the need for social change.
Zakifo (26 – 28 May 2017)
Zakifo is an eclectic, international music festival focusing on pop and world music, held annually in Durban, South Africa. More than just music, Zakifo is a week-long build-up of music industry engagements, workshops and couch-sessions. Our sister-festival, Sakifo is Reunion Island’s most established music festival and has become the most significant music event in the Indian Ocean, attracting music-buyers and festival professionals from around the world, thus strengthening and invigorating the music industry of Reunion Island. Our aim is to build an alike entity, nurturing South-South cultural partnerships and collaborations in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
Azgo Festival (20 May 2017)
Azgo Festival is Mozambique’s finest international arts festival; bringing together a diverse and quality program of music, film, and dance to the city of Maputo across two days and nights.
Azgo Festival is a contemporary celebration of arts and culture, with a strong focus on artists from Mozambique and from around the continent of Africa. The festival serves as a platform for emerging and acclaimed artists to collaborate and meet a new audience. The name “Azgo” is old slang from Maputo to say “let´s go”, let’s revisit our cultures and heritage, “let´s go” promote cultural diversity, “let’s go” promote the arts and culture, Let´s Go…
Safiko (2 – 4 June 2017)
At the heart of the Indian Ocean, Sakifo in Creole is like a victorious rallying cry: ”That’s what is needed!” Born in 2004, the Sakifo Festival, schedules the great names of international music that seldom have the opportunity to perform in the region. Within a warm atmosphere, the festival offers several stages along the beach of Saint-Pierre, and on Sunday morning, a warmed-up plate of rice- the famous traditional “risofé” in a musical ambience in the district of Terre Saint. Sakifo Musik Festival, like Reunion Island, is cross-cultural. Sakifo’s long life (the longest of all the island’s festivals) in spite of the challenges it has faced can to a great extent be attributed to the strong connection it has forged with its audiences. This connection is expressed in the festival’s unique identity, it’s “soul” which, while developing professionally, it has preserved intact over the years.
Bassline Africa Day Concert (27 May 2017)
Bassline’s annual Bassline Africa Day Concert is Africa’s biggest celebration of African contemporary music. The Concert is held on the closest Saturday to the official AU Africa Day of celebration on the 25th May annually. Hosted in the heart of Jozi this concert has graced the Mary Fitzgerald Square and the Newtown Park in the past and has been broadcast live on SABC2 to multi-millions. Now in it’s 13th year, this event is a world class production featuring a star-studded lineup that sees some of the continent’s biggest acts take to the stage, such as Ishmael Lo, D’Banj, Femi Kuti, Oliver Mutukudzi, to name a few, as well as providing a platform for new artists breaking onto the Contemporary African Music scene. In addition to live concert the Bassline Africa Day Concert is always filmed for a 3-hour live television show and is broadcast around the continent.
For more information visit the IGODA website here