Artist Applications for MTN Bushfire 2023 are now open!

The 16th edition of the MTN Bushfire international festival of the arts will be held from 26-28 May 2023, at House On Fire in Eswatini.

The festival invites live performers of the highest calibre, who share the festival’s mission to celebrate creative expression while promoting social responsibility and inclusion, to send in their applications via our online application process.

Rooted in Africa and packaged to the world, MTN Bushfire’s line-up has always embraced the eccentric and unearthed the eclectic, featuring a wholesome mix of pan-African and international artists from across different genres who do more than simply entertain, but also use their art as a powerful form of creative expression.

MTN Bushfire looks for a diversity of musical styles and genres. Every year features an eclectic mix of World Music, African Music, traditional sounds and cultural music styles from across the globe; Electro, Afro pop, Jazz, Folk, Rock, Gqom, House, and a range of other styles.

The festival also looks for performers for the various stages and platforms which host a wide range of entertainment, including dance showcases, art exhibitions and installations, theatre, poetry, storytelling, puppetry, film, and more.

Artist applications close 15th January 2023. Application links can be found on the ARTISTS page, as well as on our MTN Bushfire social media platforms.

Named “Top African festival” by the BBC, hailed by CNN as one of the “7 African music festivals you really have to see” and winner of the Most Responsible Event Award at the African Responsible Tourism Awards in 2017, MTN Bushfire is more than a music festival.
With its #BRINGYOURFIRE clarion call to ignite action for positive social and environmental change, MTN Bushfire is deeply involved in a range of social and arts development initiatives.

MTN Bushfire sees over 30,000 admissions during the festival weekend, with attendees from over 55 different countries making the journey to the beautiful Malkerns Valley of Eswatini for an energizing and uplifting weekend that celebrates the music and arts of Africa and beyond.

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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.



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.

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