The All New MTN Bushfire Pulse Firefly Campaign Has Been Reignited!

Young. Gifted. Free. MTN Bushfire 2019 is thrilled to announce the return of MTN Bushfire Pulse Firefly. The objective of this campaign is to encourage all youthful musicians to send in their music recordings to be considered for a live performance at MTN Bushfire 2019. All genres of music are welcome. The aim is to create a music space that has no limitations for the youth to share their musical creativity, lyrical authenticity and encourage freedom of expression through their music.

There are many unknown artists in Eswatini who require platforms to showcase their talents all upcoming and undiscovered artists are invited to participate in this campaign. MTN Bushfire supports the development of artists across the world and Swati artists should take advantage of this opportunity to launch and further develop their artistic musical talents.


How It Works:
Applications are open from 8th – 28th February 2019, after which independent judges will select the Top 20, who will be announced on Friday 8th March 2019 across our social media platforms, along with their music track links for listening.

At this stage, the public is encouraged to listen to the Top 20 tracks and vote for their favourite artist who they would like to see perform at MTN Bushfire 2019. The voting period will be open from 8th – 29th March 2019 via an Online Voting System and mobile SMS. The SMS number will be announced as soon as voting lines are open. The highest number of public votes will determine the Top 10 acts to perform at the Finale.

The final Top 10 will be announced on the 5th of April 2019 and will be gearing up to perform at the Finale on the 3rd of May 2019 at House on Fire. All finalists and eventual winners will be required to sing on back-track during their performance. The Top 3 Winners will be chosen and announced on the night, securing a spot at MTN Bushfire 2019. 50% of the votes will be public driven and 50% by our esteemed judges. It is imperative that the Top 10 bring their A-game and market their participation effectively as this will also contribute to their final scores.


How To Apply:

  • The applicant must send not more than two music tracks in MP3 format via WhatsApp to +268 7606 0971.
  • Include a brief artist profile with their name, stage name, music genre, age, place of residence and ID number)
  • Read the T’s & C’s on the MTN Bushfire Firefly Facebook page

N.B Music posts on our social media pages or public tags to their music links will not be considered.


Important Dates:
Applications Open: 8th – 28th February 2019
Judging Period: 1st – 7th March 2019
Top 20 Announcement: 8th March 2019
Top 20 Voting Period: 8th – 29th March
Top 10 Announcement: 5th April 2019
Top 10 Voting Period: 5th – 26th April 2019
The Finale: 3rd May 2019


Judging criteria includes:

  • Musical ability / overall performance
  • Artistic presentation
  • Costume/outfits
  • Audience participation and turn out.


Terms and Conditions:

  •  Applications are open to the Youth (16 – 35)
  • Applicants must be Swati residents (must provide Swati ID or Proof of Residence in eSwatini)
  • Successful applicants will be required to sing along backtrack
  • Artists agree to have their music submissions uploaded online for public download / listening
  • Artists agree to record promotional videos
  • Artists must have recorded material to send to us for listening

Join the movement with MTN Pulse and “Be the best You(th)”. Dial *686*3# and enjoy fun and exciting combo packages that allow you to do much more, for much less on the MTN eSwatini network.

Follow us on Facebook: MTN Bushfire Pulse Firefly, Instagram: MTN Bushfire Pulse Firefly and Twitter @MTNBushfireFly to learn more about the campaign and how to enter. We have exciting giveaways and interesting music business news that we know will positively grow the music industry in Eswatini. #MTNBushfirePulseFirefly