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MTN Bushfire 2019 Line-up announced

Posted by radio On March - 9 - 2019

Just off the hot announcement of Nigeria’s ASA for MTN Bushfire 2019, another Nigerian superstar has been confirmed, Mr Eazi – possibly the most exciting musical export from Nigeria of the last few years, will bring his unmistakable version of Nigerian afro-pop to the fans at MTN Bushfire.

 

Known for its Afro-centric ethos and its strong focus on African music, culture and the arts, MTN Bushfire is excited to host this incredible artist just as he returns from a US tour that will see him crossing the country and even performing at the highly acclaimed Coachella and SXSW Festivals.

 

Mr Eazi is taking African music to the global stage, his mix of sounds, a penchant for global collaborations, and the and this year his versatility as an artist have won over fans across the world. Having toured across Europe, the UK and the US, Mr Eazi will grace one of the top festival stages in Africa when he appears on the main stage of MTN Bushfire 2019.

Mr Eazi’s appearance at MTN Bushfire is part a Southern Africa tour organised by of Cape Town-based artist management platform BLACK MAJOR, as part of the greater IGODA Network.  Instrumental in exporting some of the country’s most innovative acts to the rest of the globe, Black also nurtures, mentor and champion acts such as Manthe Ribane, DJ Lag and Doowap, to name just a few. Similar to many of the acts in the BLACK MAJOR roster, Mr Eazi embodies global relevance and pioneering creativity, while remaining authentic to his African identity.

 

 

Cutting Edge Performances

 

 

Listed by BBC as a “Top African festival,” MTN Bushfire has also confirmed an eclectic mix of artists from Europe and Africa.  Stay tuned to the MTN Bushfire platforms as more artists will be announced in the coming weeks.

Some of the latest additions to the 2019 line-up include a range of cutting edge artists who are pushing the limits of performance. Ain the Machine is an AudioVisual storyteller with a clear goal: to transform the way we interact with music. It is music without instruments. A concept he calls, Musica Biotronica. Musica Biotronica takes sounds from the body, voice & everyday objects, and with the help of technology, transforms them into music.  

 

Switzerland’s Puts Marie as an indie band has been described as a mix between a great rock’n’roll circus and theater with strange poetry, while Colombia’s Alibombo, besides being a percussion group, is an experimentation laboratory.  With noise that creates music from recycled elements.

 

The line-up also includes, Lizzy- a German artist who merges hypnotic drumming with wearable 3D printing, Lizzy pushes the boundaries of musical performance to become the character of your wildest electro-pop dreams, along with Aramboa, Austria’s Downbeat, Triphop, IDM, Neo-Soul, Bass Music, Dubstep and Jazz Electronic Soul combo.

 

Some of South Africa’s most innovative acts will also be in e’Swatini, as DJ Invizible – the self described master of staging creative guerrilla performances, as well as Dope Saint Jude, a rapper and producer with a defiant, life-affirming queer perspective, have also been announced.

 

These artists, along with the newly confirmed Nibs Van der Spuy (South Africa), Buddy Masango, (e’Swatini), Bashayi Bengoma (e’Swatini), Make Overs (South Africa), and Morena Leraba (Lesotho), join the list of artists already announced, including headline artist, Nigeria’s Asa.

 

Previously announced artists include Nairobi-based “Blinky” Bill Sellanga, a singer-songwriter, beat maker, producer, SWAMA lifetime achievement winner Smiles Mandla Makama who is an elder statesmen of the Swati music scene, Mahube, that  brings together some of Southern Africa’s top musicians in an explosive collaboration,  South Africa’s Thabang Tabane, heir to the father and founder of the Malombo music Dr. Philip Tabane,  Sereetsi & the Natives  from Botswana, GranMah, the Dub / Reggae Fusion band from Mozambique, Dobet Gnahoré from Côte d’Ivoire, Maia and the Big Sky from Kenya, and Eme and Moonchild from Nigeria and South Africa respectively.

 

Additional acts from across the region and the world will be announced soon – so make sure to visit the MTN Bushfire platforms to stay on top of the latest news and announcements.

 

Ticket and accommodation options are selling fast, so make sure to book now to avoid disappointment.

 

Asa – Nigeria

Asa is a Nigerian and French singer best-known for her soulful voice, powerful lyrics, and with her dread-locked hair, quirky glasses and guitar, Asa has earned a place as the de-facto patron saint of the cerebral, boho-chic Nigerian.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mZy8cE4yQ74

 

 

Mr Eazi – Nigeria

Nigerian superstar Mr Eazi has taken the world by storm with his so-called Banku music style. A combination of West African pop, hiphop and highlife incorporating Ghanaian Pidgin English and mad beats. Mr Eazi has won numerous awards and will perform in 2019 at the hugely popular Coachella Music Festival in the USA.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r3D7NldlFyI

 

 

Blinky Bill – Kenya

Blinky Bill is a Kenyan based artist and productive experimenter who doesn’t approach music as a frame but rather a key to push one’s limits and enjoy the freedom of endless creativity.  He recently released his album titled “Everyone’s Just Winging It and Other Fly Tales,” that sparkled with spontaneous and rich collaborations including Sampa the Great, Petite Noir or Nneka.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KTZCVgNQpmw

 

 

Ain the Machine

Ain the Machine is an AudioVisual storyteller with a clear goal: to transform the way we interact with music. It is music without instruments. A concept he calls, Musica Biotronica. Musica Biotronica takes sounds from the body, voice & everyday objects, and with the help of technology, transforms them into music. A symbiosis of organic and synthetic, its purpose is to redefine our relationship with music and demonstrate that music is accessible to all, a universal right. http://www.ainthemachine.com/

 

 

Alibombo –  Colombia

Alibombo, besides being a percussion group, is an experimentation laboratory.  With noise that creates music from recycled elements, its influences pass through rhythms of the Caribbean and the Colombian Pacific, merged with drum and bass.

https://www.facebook.com/alibombomusica/

 

 

Aramboa  -Austria

Downbeat, Triphop, IDM, Neo-Soul, Bass Music, Dubstep and Jazz – together they are the Electronic Soul sound that describes Aramboa. The creative essence of the project was sparked by the Austrian producer Moritz Scharf and vocalist Elena Shirin. They fuse intuitive song writing and poetry with abstract soundscapes and ritualistic Beat patterns.  https://www.musicexport.at/artist/aramboa/

 

Bashayi Bengoma – e’Swatini

From across Swaziland, this quartet fuses together traditional Swazi vocal harmonies, electrifying dance moves and the iconic makhweyane musical bow in a new and innovative set. These musicians will come together live for the first time at Bushfire 2019, and explore how regimental vocal songs can interplay with electronics, guitar and the evocative makhweyane bow. Come listen and dance to fresh sounds and experience the rich roots of Swazi music.

 

 

Buddy Masango – e’Swatini

Buddy Masango is a middle of the road country musician. It has Afro feel combined with soul and country music. His hometown is Piggs Peak, having been raised in the rural area called Bulandzeni. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5AwVDUBtJCw

 

Dobet Gnahore – Cote d’Ivoire

The daughter of percussionist Boni Gnahoré, Dobet plays with the group Na Afriki, consisting mainly of French and Tunisian musicians, who accompany her with the guitar, sanza, the balafon, the calebasse and bongos. In 2004, Gnahoré released her debut album Ano Neko. In 2006. She was a nominee at the World music (Awards) for Newcomer and shared an award for Best Urban/Alternative Performance with India.Arie at the 52nd Grammy Awards. http://www.dobetgnahore.com/en/

 

 

Dope Saint Jude – South Africa

Dope Saint Jude is a rapper and producer with a defiant, life-affirming queer perspective. Taking her name from the Christian apostle, and inspired by rap legend 2Pac as well as Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison and the US Northwest’s iconic Riot Grrrl feminist movement, she crafts songs that address complex socio-economic issues with unassuming Cape Town swagger. https://dopesaintjude.com/

Eme & Moonchild – Nigeria & South Africa

Moonchild Sanelly grew up in Port Elizabeth in South Africa’s Eastern Cape province. Her love for jazz, hip-hop and kwaito were all influenced by her social experiences in the Durban music scene. She has performed alongside artists such as Gcina Hlope, Busi Mhlongo and Madala Kunene. She has also collaborated with the likes of DJ Maramza, BLK JKS and Thandiswa Mazwai. More recently she has been working in the Gcom space and has had a number of major hits.  https://www.facebook.com/moonchildSA/

 

 

GranMah – Mozambique

GranMah is a Dub / Reggae Fusion band from Mozambique that started in a garage in 2009. In 2012, they won a public contest to open the Mozambique Music Awards gala, with their first single, Starlight Stardust.  http://www.granmahband.com/

 

 

Invizable- South Africa

A master of staging creative guerrilla performances through the guise of the most acclaimed commander to ever lead the 1st corps, the renowned advisor to the imperial house of Africa, DJ Invizible. This mythical being who travelled from a distant highland tribe and never speaks in tongue, has been on guard at the front line commanding of the freedom group known as gazelle.

http://invizable.co.za/

 

 

 

Lindigo – Reunion Island

Lindigo is a music group from Reunion Island. The Maloya group founded in 1999 , is led by Olivier Araste. The band has released four albums, the latest, Maloya Power, in 2012. With an average age of thirty, Lindigo’s members are stubbornly watching the past. However, their approach does not lock in nostalgia, nor in the shackles of a sterile memory. Foundations serve momentum, and roots build the future.

https://www.facebook.com/maloyapower/

 

Lizzy – Germany

Merging hypnotic drumming with wearable 3D printing, Lizzy pushes the boundaries of musical performance to become the character of your wildest electro-pop dreams.  She resides in Berlin, playing as a prominent member of both the  jazz

and electronic scenes, proving just as adept as a groovy jazz drummer as she is within an entrancing electronic group. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HVevFaM879o

 

 

Mahube – Southern Africa

Mahube brings together some of Southern Africa’s top musicians in an explosive collaboration directed by the multi-award-winning Steve and Bokani Dyer. Their music includes contemporary arrangements of traditional music from Southern Africa, as well as inspired originals which are sure to touch hearts and souls and get feet on the floor dancing in celebration of the rhythms of Africa.  The group will perform a tribute to one of its iconic members, Oliver Mtukudzi.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Pn7ZALaaeM

 

 

Maia and The Big Sky  – Kenya

Maia represents a different flavor to Kenya’s contemporary musical landscape. Her magnetic vocals, both in Kiswahili and English, weave together African polyrhythms with soul and folk, creating a familiarity and warmth that transcends continents. Daughter of Kenyan musical legend Sal Davis, Maia has earned herself a formidable reputation as one of Kenya’s most explosive live performers. http://maiaandthebigsky.com/

 

 

Make-Overs – South Africa

Make-Overs are a unique duo of red-headed musical malcontent’s who hail from the grey suburban wasteland of Kilnerpark, South Africa. Formed in mid 2010 with Martinique Pelser on drums/vocals and Andreas Schonfeldt on guitar/vocals, the couple hit the South African scene with a frenzied live act that cuts through you like a machete. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZxsLWqS7-9U

 

 

Meute – Germany

When the bass drops and the confetti blows up: MEUTE breaks the code. The Techno Marching Band combines hypnotic driving techno and expressive brass band music, freeing electronic music from the DJ desk and overhauling the image of marching bands. Just drums and brass, no computers involved, this is all they need to revolutionize techno music and bring it back to its roots at the same time.

https://www.meute.eu/

 

 

Morena Leraba – Lesotho

Morena Leraba is musician from Mafeteng, Lesotho, who fuses traditional Sesotho lyrics with modern sound, from Electro, Afro-House and Hip-Hop. Lebara’s music (especially lyrics) is deeply rooted in Lesotho’s traditional music, poetry, and it’s sub-genre, Famo, which was introduced as early as the 1920s when Basotho men were migrant workers in South African mines.

https://www.facebook.com/morenaleraba/

 

 

 

Nana- e’Swatini / South Africa

Afrikan  Pop  Music or an infusion of timeless influences, a nostalgia unlike that of Nina Simone. Nana is eclectic regal, a voice that will bounce on the Mdzimba Mountains then back to serenade you with the purest form of artistic expression and deliverance. You will forget that the songs she sings were written and recorded 14 years ago, A fantastic visual artist, painter, song writer, vocalist and music producer. Out of hibernation by popular demand!

 

 

Nibs van der Spuy – South Africa

Nibs van der Spuy is one of the most extraordinary and exciting, world acoustic guitarists and exports to come out of South Africa. Growing up with the Beatles and learning first hand from traditional Zulu Maskandi guitarists, he quickly soaked up a rich tapestry of his close surroundings and beyond. After playing the local folk scene around South Africa for years and gathering up a loyal following, his big stage break came after supporting Crosby, Stills and Nash on their 1996 South African tour.

www.nibsvanderspuy.com

 

 

Puts Marie – Switzerland

With fifteen years of history, some recordings, solo escapades and trips to New York, Broadway or Mexico City, Puts Marie cultivates a troubled past, somewhere between myth and mystery.  However, this indie band has been described as a mix between a great rock’n’roll circus and theater with strange poetry.

https://www.putsmarie.com/

 

 

Sereetsi and the Natives – Botswana

Sereetsi & the Natives is a refreshing voice in contemporary folk music in Botswana, and a unique voice in the World Music arena. The act’s strong songwriting and performance in its debut album, Four String Confessions (May 2015), presents a fearless sound that blends traditional Botswana rhythms with Western influences, all built around the signature sound and tradition of the four string folk guitar.

https://www.sereetsiandthenatives.com/

 

 

 

The SheKings Emakhosikati – Southern Africa

The SheKings is an all women music collaboration project with in Africa. The 2019 edition involves eSwatini, South Africa and Mozambique and is a fusion of blues, traditional sounds, hip hop and rock ‘n roll, addressing social ills while embracing love, life craziness and the woman.

 

Smiles Makama – e’Swatini

SWAMA lifetime achievement winner Smiles Mandla Makama is an elder statesman of the Swati music scene, forging new paths in the 80’s with his band Zanka Calabash and later moving to Soweto to head Azumah. His most notable instrument is the Smilerphone, a great innovation of the traditional Makhoyane Bow. His music is a potent mix of magic realism, raw, innovative, magical and transcendent. It’s like nothings else and is not to be missed.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q8IZZjaBVZo

 

 

Thabang Tabane – South Africa

Thabang Tabane is the heir to the father and founder of the Malombo music Dr. Philip Tabane. Thabang is now leading a world-class band from his township Mamelodi. Thabang is an individual who is dedicated to excellence and has a deep understanding of music in general and that makes him and his band cultural emissaries. https://www.mushroomhour.com/labsessions/thabang-tabane-nyanda-yeni/

 

 

Tune Recreation Committee –South Africa

The Tune and Recreation has long held a presence in the Cape Town music scene. Formed in 2007 by group of college friends it features Keenan Ahrends on guitar, Nicholas Williams on bass, Claude Cozens on drums. The TRC is an ever changing and adaptable ensemble committed to building a musical bridge between the past, present and future in its inaugural outing at the Cape Town Jazz Festival it will also feature special guest appearance by critically acclaimed multi instrumentalist Mark Fransman on accordion, tenor saxophone and bass clarinet.

http://www.tunerecreation.com/

 

 

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