MTN Bushfire is thrilled to announce the first of many talented and exciting acts for the 16th edition of MTN Bushfire, in 2023! Powerhouse performers Sho Madjozi, Ibeyi and Qibho Intalektual will join dozens of artists from Africa and around the world on the various festival stages from 26th–28th May 2023.

Rooted in Africa and yet globally inclusive, MTN Bushfire’s line-up has always embraced the eccentric and unearthed the eclectic. Music, dance, theatre, spoken word – all forms of creative expression engage and enlighten us with powerful messages and memorable performances at Eswatini’s premier international music and arts festival.

One of South Africa’s brightest and boldest stars, Sho Madjozi’s audacious energy and colourful aesthetic make for a powerful stage presence, felt even before her first reverberating bassline drops. Her energetic music combines Hip Hop hooks with catchy Gqom-rooted melodies, fusing languages, genres and fashions – paying homage to her Tsonga heritage while embellishing it with a global sensibility. 

Ibeyi is a French musical duo consisting of twin sisters Lisa-Kaindé and Naomi Diaz. The duo sings in English, French, Spanish and Yoruba. In Yoruba, “Ibeyi” means “twins”. Their stunning parallel harmonies and integral minimalist Latin percussion play with momentous, deeply resonant bass and electronic Neo-Soul to transport audiences into a sublime state of grace, where the divine heals the divided; reminding us that the meaning of life can only be achieved through the magic of living.

Eswatini’s own Qibho Intalektual is a mentor, poet, musician, author, social activist and member of arts development initiative Rooted Soulz. One of the most popular artists in Eswatini, Qibho is known for his blend of witty, thought-provoking and intelligent wordplay. His unmistakable signature style is deeply embedded in conscious Hip Hop music, reflecting honest social commentary with skillful storytelling.

Many more artists will be announced in the new year, but already the MTN Bushfire 2023 line-up promises to exceed expectations!

Festival fans can also expect the usual diverse range of arts, culture, and family-friendly activities, performances and activations.  This year’s line-up will also include theatre, comedy, dance and, of course, the ever-popular artisanal Barn Marketplace, Global Food Village, and KidZone.

FESTIVAL, GLAMPING and CAMPING tickets are all available for purchase. Tickets have sold out for the last 8 years running so get in the festive mood and purchase now!

Look out for further exciting acts to be announced on the MTN Bushfire Ayoba channel and @mtnbushfire on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.


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Here’s a chance for filmmaking gurus resident in Eswatini to join House On Fire’s new project, CollaboNation!

House On Fire is looking for the best of the best in filmmaking for our dynamic new project, CollaboNation, to tell remarkable and original stories portrayed through a series of unique music collaborations by artists in the Southern African region. We are looking for qualified storytellers with a strong interest in the arts, and experience in filmmaking, who can offer high quality cinematography



Here’s an exciting opportunity for artists from Eswatini, Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique and Zimbabwe, who want to collaborate with artists from another country on the list. House On Fire is facilitating dynamic new cross-border, cross-genre songs that result in music videos and performances at the MTN Bushfire festival in May 2023. For more information and application forms, visit the MTN Bushfire website, www.bush-fire.com. Click on the MENU tab and select COLLABONATION. Applications close 23rd January 2023. Collabonation is funded by the Sound Connects Fund, an initiative by the Music In Africa Foundation (MIAF) and Goethe-Institut. The Sound Connects Fund is made possible with the financial contribution of the European Union and the support of the Organisation of ACP States.



The MTN Bushfire festival invites traders to apply for trading and marketing activation opportunities for the 2023 edition.

Trading applications for the festival’s Global Food Village, Barn Marketplace and KidZone can be submitted online. Opportunities for experiential services and in-festival marketing activations are also available.
MTN Bushfire will take place at House On Fire, in the scenic Malkerns valley, from 26th-28th May, 2023.

Globally infused, authentically African and proudly Eswatini, MTN Bushfire is one of the most diverse, and inclusive music and arts festivals in Africa. This family-friendly event attracts pe

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