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MTN Bushfire 2019: more SA artists announced!

Posted by radio On April - 8 - 2019

MTN Bushfire the is acclaimed music and arts festival known and loved for its Afro-centric ethos and its strong focus on African music, culture and the arts, and listed by BBC as a “Top African festival,” MTN Bushfire has recently confirmed an eclectic mix of artists from Europe and Africa is proud to announce some of South Africa’s top acts for the 2019 line-up.

Taking place from May 24th – 26th, just a few hours drive from Johannesburg in the beautiful Malkerns Vally of Eswatini, MTN Bushfire recently announced festival headliners from West Africa, Asa and Mr. Eazi, Kenya’s Blinky Bill as well a range of exciting other artists who have already been announced.

 

The latest acts to be confirmed include South Africa’s Grassy Spark, Black Motion, TrompiesTshepo Tshola and the Jagermeister Brass Cartel.

 

Grassy Spark’s latest direction, as a newly-cemented 5 piece, is all about a fresh perspective while honing in on what Grassy Spark is all about.  Essentially, Grassy Spark is more of an idea than simply a band or a genre and in many ways they’ve now become genre neutral, owing mostly to the multiple genres they’ve indulged in since formation in 2012.

 

Black Motion is a duo, from Soshanguve (North of Pretoria – Tshwane), the group is made up of Thabo “Smol” Mabogwane (Percussionist) and Robert “Murdah” Mohosana who started releasing music online, in 2009 and have established a great reputation as artists who are are passionate about their music and would rather attract listeners though their live-act of playing the drums and spinning music, while dazzling the audience with their freestyle dance moves. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GGAeYTQRWNc

 

Trompies are also legends in the South African Kwaito scene- proving that the genre is indeed timeless. After twenty years in the music business, the duo most recently took to the Afropunk stage with the goal, as legendary founder Eugene Mthethwa explains, “of making people dance.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O0SWAdqdpeM

 

The legendary Tshepo Tshola has been wowing audiences for over 40 years, and this year will make an appearance at MTN Bushfire. The jazz artist has managed to stay relevant over the decades with a host of collaborations with contemporary artists, including a 2017 collaboration with Cassper Nyovest.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FhCIhxOWkrY

 

Other South African artists already announced include the immensely talented Nibs Van der Spuy and innovative acoustic guitarist, punk-inspired indie rock duo The MakeoversThabang Tabane, heir to the father and founder of the Malombo music Dr. Philip Tabane, as well as DJ Invizible – the self described master of staging creative guerrilla performances.

 

South Africa’s Dope Saint Jude, a rapper and producer with a defiant, life-affirming queer perspective, has also been announced along with the Nigerian-South African collaboration of Eme and Moonchild from Nigeria and South Africa respectively.

 

Golden Lounge tickets for MTN Bushfire 2019 are now sold out, but Main Arena tickets for this year’s festival are STILL AVAILABLE through the MTN Bushfire website, www.bush-fire.com.  Golden Lounge tickets will no longer be available online or at physical outlets. Day tickets for Sunday May 26th will be on sale shortly.

 

Guests are reminded however not to purchase tickets from 3rd parties as these tickets cannot be guaranteed as authentic.

 

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