The hottest launch-pad for unearthing fresh, new young talent in the Kingdom of Eswatini – MTN Bushfire Firefly – is back, and voting to choose the Top Ten from the current Top 20 contestants is now open!

This year, the MTN Bushfire 2021 Digital Series kicks off an exceptional Firefly segment with lots of new opportunities for the current contestants, including informative plug-in platforms for aspiring artists powered by MTN Eswatini, such as the multi-dimensional Ayoba chat app, playlists on MusicTime and streaming on Y’ello Hub.

Previous votes have been retained, and the contestants remain dedicated to completing their journey on this highly celebrated, vibrant, youth-based music platform. Voting will continue from where it was left off in March, 2020, so contestants still need their votes to ensure they have a chance to make it to the next round, giving them a chance to become the next champion! MTN Bushfire Firefly solely focuses on the musical development of the youth in the Kingdom of Eswatini, and voting is open to MTN Eswatini subscribers and Eswatini residents only.

Fans can vote for their favourite MTN Bushfire Firefly finalist by dialling *7768# and following the prompts. Each vote costs E0.50 and fans can vote as many times as they like, especially with the introduction of bulk voting. Fans will be able to vote once daily for free via the Ayoba app (downloadable from Playstore or by sending finalist codes to 7804 2010.

Voting for the Top Ten closes on 4 June, with the selected contestants being announced on 8 June, 2021. Once the Top Ten have been selected, voting will begin for the 3 winners, who will perform at the MTN Bushfire 2021 Digital Festival on 27 August. The Top Ten will all perform at the long-awaited MTN Bushfire Firefly 2021 Finale on 25 June, 2021, at House On Fire, which will be streamed and broadcast live on various digital platforms, including the MTN Bushfire App, Y’ello Hub and Eswatini TV. A small, invitation-only in-person Exclusive Fan Zone will be set up at House On Fire for the finale, with all Covid-19 safety regulations adhered to.

Details will be continually shared across our MTN Bushfire Firefly, MTN Bushfire, MTN Eswatini and Y’ello Hub platforms, as well as in the press, radio and television outlets. Fantastic prizes will be given away during the build-up to the grand finale of this MTN Bushfire Firefly, including tickets to the MTN Bushfire Firefly Exclusive Fan Zone!

Launched in 2017, MTN Bushfire Firefly is targeted at the “Young. Gifted. Free.” The aim of this vibrant platform is to create a music space without limitations for the youth of Eswatini, to share their musical creativity and lyrical authenticity through freedom of expression. This competition has predominately been a digital platform since its inception, raising awareness of global digital music platforms and paving the way for artists to explore sustainable opportunities.

The organisers of MTN Bushfire Firefly would like to thank the people of Eswatini, and especially the voting fans, for the loyal and continuous support of aspiring local artists.  Everyone is encouraged to share, celebrate and be part of this one-of-kind creative movement in The Kingdom of Eswatini.


Important dates:

11 May – Voting commences

4 June – Voting for Top Ten closes.

8 June – Top 10 announced. Voting for winners continues.

25 June – Grand Finale! Voting closes after last performance.