A decade of music. A decade of celebration. A decade of bringing your fire.
MTN Bushfire 2016, May 27th– 29th, is the culmination of ten incredible years of passion, dedication and commitment to the music, arts, and culture of Southern Africa and beyond. The stellar, incredibly diverse line-up for the 10th anniversary edition of the festival is truly a global celebration, with artists from about 20 countries set to perform.
The latest artists to perform on the MTN Bushfire Main Stage 2016 include the phenomenal Jesse Clegg, son of South Africa’s legendary Johnny Clegg and a celebrated artist in his own right, Ice Prince, Nigeria’s hip-hop artist that rose to fame after releasing “Oleku,” Nigeria’s most remixed song of all time, and the amazing and well-loved Sauti Sol, one of Kenya’s most successful afro-pop bands whose live show is dynamic and electric!
South African artists will also be appearing at MTN Bushfire in numbers with an eclectic and diverse range of artists including the legendary dance DJ, DJ Zinhle and Gerald Clark – a unique bluesy singer-songwriter acclaimed worldwide.
From further afield, MTN Bushfire welcomes Hagar Samir, the Egyptian / Israeli artist, whose Egyptian inspired beats create a unique groove that inspires people across nations and religions to dance heart-to-heart.
MTN Bushfire has always celebrated a range of performing arts, and this year is no different with a truly multi-disciplinary range of performances. South Africa’s Silent Conductor, Steve Bennet, who without speaking, and armed with only a baton, enlivened by energy and humour, conducts orchestras like none other on earth. No one in his charge has rehearsed, and for some it may be the first time they have wielded an instrument. But the music they create together amazes and inspires. The Infamous BDI Entertainers will also be on-hand with their exhilarating craft, of street theatre and carnival as well as Klitsgras Drumming whose interactive drumming experiences have been wowing crowds since 1999.
MTN Bushfire has also already announced an incredible range of artists such Ghana’s sizzling-hot artist Blitz the Ambassador, Mali’s guitar-driven Songhoy Blues, South African super-groups Mafikizolo and Beatenburg as well as multi-award winning rapper AKA, Zimbabwe’s legendary Oliver Mtukudzi, and Swaziland’s own Bholoja.
Tickets for MTN Bushfire are selling fast, and people are reminded that last year the festival was a complete sell-out days before the festival even started.
Do not miss out – book your tickets now!
All tickets and camping for MTN Bushfire 2016 are available online only – with no physical ticket outlets open this year. With MTN Bushfire 2015 tickets selling out completely before the festival gates even opened, fans are encouraged to book early on www.bush-fire.com .
ABOUT MTN BUSHFIRE
Whilst MTN Bushfire is most well-known as Southern Africa’s most diverse and inclusive world music festival that has always featured artists from over a dozen countries, it is also an arts & culture festival. The event includes contemporary and traditional visual and performing arts, cultural activities including a compelling line-up of theatre, poetry, dance, art exhibits & installations, story-telling, puppetry, film, as well as themed workshops and design installations – making it a sensory explosion of fun and activity for the whole family.
To round out the MTN entertainment experience, the festival also boasts a fresh & healthy craft food market, a regional design and hand-made speciality goods market, as well as family-friendly camping, performances & the KidZone.
Over the past decade, MTN Bushfire has continually brought its fire with a significant percentage of profits supporting local charities including Young Heroes, an initiative that supports over 1,000 AIDS orphans. With its extensive schools and artist outreach into Swaziland and a focus on local participation, MTN BUSHFIRE serves, in the words of one journalist, “as a living, breathing, creative ecosystem.”