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MAMAs back in Durban

Posted by radio On May - 26 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

A decade after bursting onto the world stage, Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) Africa and MTV Base (DStv Channel 322) are once again shining a global spotlight on African music, creativity and achievement at the fifth edition of the MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMA).


The MTV Africa Music Awards KwaZulu-Natal 2015, brought to you by KwaZulu-Natal Province in association with Absolut and in partnership with The City of Durban, returns to the Durban International Convention Centre (ICC), KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa on Saturday, 18 July 2015.


The definitive annual celebration of African talent, MAMA 2015 takes “evolution” as its theme, recognising and rewarding musicians and achievers who have made the most impact on African youth culture over the last 12 months, while also celebrating the development of the continent’s talent and creativity over the last 10 years. The ceremony will feature stunning performances from African and international artists along with unique collaborations.


MAMA 2015 will celebrate African talent across 17 award categories such as Best Male, Best Female, Best Song and Best New Act Transformed by Absolut. The contribution of artists from Portuguese and French-speaking Africa will also be recognised in the Best Lusophone and Best Francophone categories. In line with the MAMA 2015 “evolution” theme and VIMN Africa’s 10-year celebration, this year’s show will also feature a special edition Artist of the Decade category to recognise artists whose careers have flourished throughout the last 10 years. Additional categories include the MAMA Leadership Award and Personality of the Year. The nominations for the awards will be revealed on 11 June 2015.


Alex Okosi, Senior Vice President & Managing Director, Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) Africa, Desmond Golding, Head of Department of Economic Development, Tourism, and Environmental Affairs, KwaZulu-Natal Province, Melanie Campbell, Pernod Ricard Portfolio Marketing Manager and Tim Horwood, Channel Director, MTV Base revealed the news on Thursday, 21 May at The Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani Hotel, Durban in the presence of AKA, Bucie, Big Nuz, Cassper Nyovest, Dream Team, DJ Tira and Patoranking.


Commented Alex Okosi, Senior Vice President & Managing Director, Viacom International Media Networks Africa, “We are thrilled that the MTV Africa Music Awards will be returning to Durban and KwaZulu-Natal on 18 July, a date famous for being the birthday of Nelson Mandela – what better day could there be for staging this inspirational celebration of African achievement and creativity that showcases Africa’s best talent on the world stage.”




Desmond Golding, Head of Department of Economic Development, Tourism, and Environmental Affairs, KwaZulu-Natal Province, commented, “In 2014, the world saw how Durban and KwaZulu-Natal leveraged global events such as the MTV Africa Music Awards to realise our tourism goals. After the major success of the MAMA in Durban last year, we are delighted to welcome back MTV Base and the MAMA awards to KwaZulu-Natal this July. By attracting ground-breaking events like the MAMA to KwaZulu-Natal and Durban, we continue to make a significant contribution to economic growth and tourism in the region.”




Head of Durban Tourism, Phillip Sithole, commented, “It is a tremendous honour for The City of Durban to be host city once again for the much anticipated MTV Africa Music Awards. The MAMA is a celebration of Africa’s award winning musical achievements and we are privileged to have this prestigious gathering in The City of Durban. We look forward to an unforgettable event in Durban and may the MAMA continue to be the best platform to bring Africa together on our shores and allow our continent to enjoy the unique flavours of Destination Durban.”




“We are once again proud to be part of a pan-African music celebration such as the MAMA,” says Marketing Director of Pernod Ricard SA, Charl Bassil, “The partnership with Viacom International Media Networks Africa allows us to once again affirm our category thought leadership whilst utilizing the MAMA platform with our “Africa is Absolut” campaign, to be catalytic in helping transform artists lives by driving support for the nominees of the Best New Act Transformed By Absolut and showcasing their talent to all of sub-Saharan Africa.”



Celebrating the pan-African scope of the MAMA, the awards will encompass three stunning surround events featuring MAMA nominees and superstar DJs to be held in Durban (27 June), Lagos (3 July) and Kenya (1 August). Another key element of MAMA 2015 will be a workshop for aspiring musicians in the week prior to the awards.


First staged in 2008, the MTV Africa Music Awards has recognised the talent of musicians, achievers and personalities from across Africa, rewarding iconic artists and gamechangers such as 2Face Idibia, Big Nuz, Davido, D’Banj, Flavour, Gangs of Ballet, HHP, Fally Ipupa, Liquideep, Mafikizolo, Lira, Nameless, Lupita Nyong’o, Clarence Peters, Diamond Platnumz, Anselmo Ralph, Sarkodie, P-Square, Tiwa Savage, Cabo Snoop, Toofan, Zebra & Giraffe, Uhuru, Wahu, and many more.


The MTV Africa Music Awards 2015 will broadcast live on MTV Base (DStv Channel 322) and MTV (DStv Channel 130) on Saturday 18 July. The show will also be transmitted worldwide on partner stations and content platforms from 18 July.


DStv, Gagasi FM and Yfm are the official media partners of the 2015 MTV Africa Music Awards KwaZulu-Natal.

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MTN BUSHFIRE 2015: Full Programme announced

Posted by radio On May - 15 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

Africa’s most diverse music and arts festival, MTN BUSHFIRE, taking place from May 29 – 31st 2015, offers a an incredibly wide array of music as well as cultural and artistic programmes.


The MTN Bushfire main stage will host an incredible star studded line up of international artists including Les Nubians, Sweet Honey in the Rock, Freshlyground and The Parlotones, to name just a few.


In addition to musical variety, MTN Bushfire is also proud to present a diverse and eclectic alterniave line up of arts and performance including The Barn, an interactive art, dialogue and performance space devoted to innovation and creativity. The newly announced 2015 programme features an exhibition in collaboration with Yebo! Contemporary Art Gallery, Breakfast with TONIK and two guest discussions working towards the 2014 theme ‘Just Before the Future’.


Other new festival developments for 2015 include the addition of the Sibebe bar and extended menu adjoining the Open Mic Stage, various installations, and of course, the family friendly KIDZONE, as well as the Handcraft and Design Marketplace and Global Food Village.


Another new feature at this year’s festival is The Red Bull Stage and bar, creating an entirely new festival area featuring a full programme of DJ’s including Culoe De Song.


MTN BUSHFIRE is also excited to announce the latest additions to the main stage line-up:


Stelth Ulvang Trio (UK, South Africa) Full­time globe traveler, currently touring with The Lumineers, Stelth is a talented multi-instrumentalist, spirited poet and composer of vulnerable, honest, and rich music.


Cassper Nyovest (South Africa) One of South Africa’s hottest rappers, Cassper just won a SAMA (South African Music Award) for Best Newcomer.


Continental Drift (Swaziland) Continental Drift is a Swazi owned, artist initiative with the objective of developing music potential and artistic resources in Swaziland.


Ghetto Villa (Swaziland) Ghetto Villa is popularly known for his hit single titled “Ng’phum’ekasi” which has been on rotation at local radio stations.


B.D.I. (South Africa) The B.D.I is a larger than life performance art collective.


OutCry (Swaziland) OutCry, one of Swaziland’s great success stories. Playing everything from rock to rap, OutCry brings their unique level of high energy to MTN BUSHFIRE.


The following elements are part of the full MTN BUSHFIRE 2015 festival programme:


Through The Barn, MTN BUSHFIRE facilitates creativity, expression and conversation, while encouraging participants to be inspired thinkers, doers, artists and visionaries. As part of the MTN Bushfire festival mandate, The Barn aims to ignite a collective response for positive change.


All Barn activities fall within the theme for 2015, “just before the future,” which looks at the future of a modernizing and globalizing Swaziland from two main standpoints: environment and development, and the arts and development.




Live Programme


Two moderated panel discussions, hosted in collaboration with the Mbabane Global Shapers, of the World Economic Forum, as part of their ‘Khuluma’ series (meaning ‘talk’), will attempt to interrogate development and growth in the context of a globalising Swaziland.


Discussion 1

“An engaged look at the future of the country using the arts as a means to explore.”


This debate will explore the local arts industry; how to foster growth and exploration, how to guarantee a consistent and thriving creative industry and how to formalize the industry locally without compromising the quality of production and the freedom of expression that all artists are entitled to.


Discussion 2

“Integrating environmental sustainability perspectives, social policy and poverty eradication in a globalising Swaziland.”


One of Swaziland’s particular blessings is the environment. We are possessed of vast tracts of untouched land, a wide range of habitats and endemic species. Development needs to happen consciously and sustainably; hand in hand with the environment.


Tonik Ensemble:

South African Music Award winning duo TONIK is back in The Barn this year with their innovative set up; hour long performances for 80 people. Unlike most musical performances, TONIK gigs are presented through hi-definition headphones allowing the audience a privacy and personal connection to the music, whilst remaining in a crowd.


This year TONIK will be collaborating with local musicians Smiles Makama and Ralph Smit, creating a sound that spans the continents. Expect to hear kalimba, tabla, didgeridoo, roads piano, makhoyane, flute, trumpet and of course, the mythical smilerphone, in a truly innovative collaboration.



Yebo Contemporary Art Gallery was set up in February 2011 by Pete, Aleta and Dane Armstrong. It is an independent gallery whose role is to promote and market the exciting fine art created by emerging and established professional local artists.


The second collaboration between MTN Bushfire and Yebo Art Gallery brings 30 local and international visual artists together to explore the theme of “just before the future.”


The exhibition will feature the winning photos from the European Union’s photographic competition (based on the same theme). The exhibition is curated by Yebo Contemporary Art Gallery and contributed to by the EU.




The Pavilion

The Barn is also a precinct, a space broader than just the Barn itself. Outside The Barn, The Pavillion, an interactive installation space built in collaboration with Guba and Yebo Artreach, will focus on the environmental future.


The space is a circular pavilion modeled on water sources in the Highveld.  The audience will be positioned within the pavilion, surrounded by indigenous trees and sheltered from the rest of the festival.


Tree-Planting Project

In alignment with MTN BUSHFIRE’s move to go green, the Malandela’s Legacy Fund, and in partnership with the All Out Foundation, a pilot tree-planting project will take place at MTN BUSHFIRE 2015.


With the focus of this planting resting solely on indigenous species, rather than exotics, the All Out Foundation will collaborate with MTN BUSHFIRE to reforest the festival neighbourhood with indeigenous trees.


Festival goers will be able to learn about a selection of local Swazi trees and will have the opportunity to visit the surrounds and plant a tree/trees during the festival.



Hosted by Skuf’tin Kitchen and designed by Jerempaul Design, the Café at The Barn sources local and organic produce wherever possible. Set beneath the big tree at The Barn, the Café is a shaded space where hungry and thirsty alike can get a bite to eat and take a break from the festival crowds.




Tickets for MTN BUSHFIRE 2015 are available via the website, Make sure you are one of the 20,000 music and arts fans who “BRING THEIR FIRE” to the scenic farmlands of the Malkerns Valley to experience this unique event.


For more information and to purchase tickets:  Also visit:  twitter: @BushfireFest

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Joyous Celebration auditions hit Eastern Cape

Posted by radio On May - 14 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

MTN Joyous Celebration is thrilled to announce that the second leg of the auditions for the cast of MTN Joyous Celebration 20 will be held in the Eastern Cape on 27th May giving hopefuls a chance to be part of the powerful multi award winning gospel ensemble.


Interested vocalists need to book a spot to audition and register by simply sending an SMS as follows: “Audition PE vocal ID number”. Those interested in being part of the band need to SMS “Audition PE instrument ID number” to 38008, SMS charged at R10 per registration. Candidates on the day will need to come with the reference numbers that they will receive after they have registered.


The voting line is open and will close at midday on 25 May 2015. Shortlisted and successful candidates will be informed at the end of September 2015. “We are thrilled to involve Port Elizabeth as part of our South African tour and we are hoping to find fresh and unique talent from this city to be part of our 20th instalment.


We will be touring other cities too, because we are looking for talent all around South Africa and we have already seen incredible singers from Johannesburg and we are looking forward to visiting other provinces, good luck to PE” says co-founder of the gospel project, MTN Joyous Celebration, Lindelani Mkhize.


“As a firm supporter of South African music and the brand behind MTN Joyous Celebration, we are very pleased with these auditions and the opportunities they present to talented musicians countrywide. We look forward to witnessing exciting, new, unsung talent being unearthed as a result of these auditions”, concluded Larry Annetts, Chief Marketing Officer: MTN SA.


MTN Joyous Celebration will be performing in Port Elizabeth as part of the South African tour on the 29th and 30th of May at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Indoor Sports Centre, Missionvale Campus. Tickets to the show are available at Computicket from R190.


Auditions still to come:

North West



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The time has finally come for lovers of SA music to book their seats for the highly anticipated rock comedy – Stone Cold Jane Austen – The Movie.


The full length feature film, due for public release on the 22nd May 2015, is an hilarious reality-styled comedy that pushes boundaries in the entertainment world whilst taking the viewer on a journey into the lives of two loveable, yet delusional rogues, Johnny and Karel – the main members of the band Stone Cold Jane Austen.


With an all-star cast of SA celebs, Stone Cold Jane Austen – The Movie is without a doubt one of the funniest theatrical releases of 2015.


Jon Savage, writer, director and actor in the role of Johnny Van Heroine, has spent the past three years sourcing funding and convincing SA celebs to help him create this ridiculously funny, yet strangely real look at the life of a highly delusional band in the SA rock scene.


Starring acclaimed actor Rob Van Vuuren as Jon Savage’s partner in crime, the two main characters, Johnny and Karel set out on a journey of humiliation, aggressive self promotion and epic downfalls in their musical careers.


The film tackles how hard it is to achieve stardom in the SA rock music scene and shows the lengths one band will go to in order to achieve respect and recognition for their wares.  Although essentially a black comedy, the film tells the story of a musician who has never given up on his dream, despite it being utterly unrealistic – and is unaffected by the lows he needs to stoop to in order to achieve it.  So much so that he is convinced being an Afrikaans band will help him get famous, despite not being able to speak Afrikaans.


Jon Savage, the once lead singer of rock band Cassette, sees an amplified version of himself in the main character Johnny Van Heroine, “I remember what it was like to be a complete egomaniac in a semi-successful rock band in SA only too clearly”, he states, “We had a hugely disappointing reality check at the end of it all.”


But as a director and writer, Jon has found a niche for himself in a highly competitive creative world.  Having single handedly created this movie from scratch, the amount of stars that were willing to get on board is unbelievable.  High-powered musicians, TV presenters and media all participated in the opportunity to poke light-hearted fun at themselves and the industry and bring this movie to light.


Some of the artists that starred in the movie include Fokofpolisiekar, Jack Parow, Kurt Darren, Die Hewels Fantasties, The Parlotones, aKing and many more.  “Everyone was amazing”, Savage recalls.  “They all brought their own set of challenges and gave so generously to the movie.”


Beautifully shot and edited, Stone Cold Jane Austen is a movie that any South African can relate to – more so if they have tried their hand at making it in the music industry.  The film brings the bands tragic reality to light with one of the wittiest and most risky scripts ever seen in a South African comedy.

Through relentless fund raising and diligent hard work, Savage has brought his own dream to the silver screen – a must see for music and comedy fans alike.


Stone Cold Jane Austen opens in Nu Metro cinemas on the 22nd May 2015.

View the trailer here:

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MTN Bushfire 2015: Tickets Sales Rise by 50%

Posted by radio On April - 28 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

MTN Bushfire 2015 ticket sales have increased by 50% and organisers expect tickets will sell out before the festival on May 29-31st.  Golden Lounge VIP weekend and Saturday day tickets have seen the largest increase in sales so far.  Fans are encouraged to book early as in previous years tickets have sold out!


The countdown to Swaziland’s highly acclaimed world music and arts festival, MTN Bushfire has officially begun with the event only six weeks away.  Over 20,000 festival goers are expected to descend onto the scenic farmlands of the Malkerns Valley to enjoy the eclectic three-day music and arts programme.


The spike in sales followed the festival’s announcement of the extremely anticipated 2015 musical line-up; which includes Grammy Award nominated American acts Les Nubians and Sweet Honey in The Rock and regional favourites The Soil and Freshlyground.


Jiggs Thorne, MTN Bushfire Festival Director comments:


“We are thrilled that this year’s line-up has been so warmly received by the people of Swaziland. It’s great to see people are booking early to avoid missing out what is set to be another spectacular weekend. We only hope to extend the invitation for you to Bring Your Fire and get your tickets now and join us at the 9th annual MTN Bushfire festival”


2015 festival tickets can be purchased online at  the MTN Bushfire website:

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Singers invited to apply for SAMRO scholarships

Posted by radio On April - 22 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

Are you South Africa’s next vocal sensation? If you are a gifted young jazz or opera singer, you could win a coveted SAMRO Overseas Scholarship.


Applications for the 2015 SAMRO Overseas Scholarships for singers are now open, but the 15 May 2015 deadline is fast approaching. Music students and young professionals aged 32 and younger are eligible to apply for these prestigious music study awards.


Every year since 1962, the SAMRO Foundation – which manages music education and corporate social investment programmes on behalf of the Southern African Music Rights Organisation – offers South Africa’s gifted music students the opportunity to win one of two lucrative scholarships to further their postgraduate studies overseas.


One of these is awarded in the Western Art (or “classical”) music genre and the other is presented for excellence in jazz music. The scholarships operate on a four-year cycle, alternating among instrumentalists, composers, keyboard players and singers.


In 2015, the SAMRO Foundation is inviting applications from music students majoring in vocal performance at a South African university. Applicants must be citizens of South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho or Swaziland, born after 15 May 1982.


The two main overseas scholarship awards are currently valued at R170 000 each, with a number of subsidiary prizes also available for exceptional candidates. The total prize pot for this highly regarded annual music competition amounts to almost R500 000.


The SAMRO Overseas Scholarships Competition has produced a gallery of illustrious singing alumni over the past 50 years.


After winning the 2011 SAMRO scholarship in the Western Art category, University of Cape Town alumnus Maudé Montierre went on to obtain her Master’s degree in opera cum laude at the prestigious Royal Academy of Music in London. Currently a PhD student at UCT, she hopes to become the youngest South African to graduate with a doctorate next year.


Since winning the SAMRO scholarship, Maudé has sung in the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition in New York and was a finalist in the Wilhelm Stenhammar International Music Competition in Sweden. She has also been invited to sing at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival in Germany and the Glimmerglass Festival Young Artists’ Programme in the United States.


Among her roles to date, she counts appearances for Cape Town Opera as well as singing the challenging Queen of the Night aria from Die Zauberflöte for Brent Opera in London and Gretel in Hänsel und Gretel for Edinburgh’s Opera Holloway, to great acclaim. Maudé will be singing Donna Anna in Don Giovanni on London’s West End in July.


Fellow UCT graduate Vuyo Sotashe was always earmarked for great things. Even before winning the jazz singing category in the 2011 SAMRO Overseas Scholarships competition, Vuyo had performed with George Benson at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival and had received a South African Music Award for Best Contemporary Christian Music Album with his church’s worship band, Proxy.


In 2012, he was selected to sing with the Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Band at the Johannesburg Joy of Jazz Festival before touring Sweden with the band.


Vuyo was subsequently awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to further his studies in the United States and has also taken lessons with the likes of Maria Schneider and a Thelonious Monk Competition winner and Grammy nominated vocalist – Gretchen Parlato.


Both of these young music luminaries-in-the-making used their SAMRO scholarships as a springboard to greater things, and now the sky is certainly the limit for Vuyo and Maudé – as will be the case for this year’s winners.


The scholarships competition takes the format of three rounds, adjudicated by a panel of music experts and culminating in a public gala concert at the Linder Auditorium in Johannesburg. There, the two top candidates in each category will be required to perform a number of prescribed and individually selected compositions, accompanied by professional musicians.


Prospective candidates for the 2015 SAMRO Overseas Scholarships for singers are invited to download the regulations and the application form from the SAMRO Foundation website ( Applications should be submitted to: SAMRO Foundation, 20 De Korte Street, Braamfontein, 2017, before Friday, 15 May 2015. Enquiries may be directed to



[Issued by SAMRO Foundation ]

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Simphiwe Dana Live at The Bassline

Posted by radio On April - 14 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

Kaya FM & The Bassline proudly present 10 years of Simphiwe Dana Live at The Bassline on 25 April 2015.


Simphiwe Dana will be celebrating her 10-year anniversary with a stunning performance held at the Bassline in Johannesburg on the 25th April 2015.


Kaya FM is honoured to be associated with Simphiwe’s illustrious 10 year music career. The station has been part of her journey since her debut album Zandisile.

Kaya FM played a significant role in giving her music air-play and in 2005 when Simphiwe won her first SAMA the radio station was there celebrating with her.


“The social activist within Simphiwe is what caught my attention many years ago when we first met.  She epitomises the Afropolitan women we strive to celebrate on a daily basis at Kaya FM.  Dana’s timeless music has a strong social awakening which will remain relevant and celebrated for many more years to come in South Africa” said Greg Maloka, Managing Director at Kaya FM.


Simphiwe Dana is delighted with the Kaya Fm media partnership and has chosen to return to The Bassline for a this commemorative event given that she first launched her platinum selling debut album at the venue a decade ago.

Simphiwe Dana will be performing material off her latest SAMAXXI Nominated album Firebrand (Best Female Artist and Best African Adult Album) as well as all time favourites.


“Music has allowed to me voice my opinions about the world I live in, and I am just truly grateful that the continent has been so receptive to my sound and story.  Kaya FM has always been a major supporter of my music.  Our brands are very similar in that we speak to the progressive, socially conscious citizen.” says Simphiwe Dana


Rising on the scene in 2004 with the release of her platinum-selling, award-winning debut Zandisile, Simphiwe Dana has firmly planted her place in the heart of South Africa’s Entertainment Industry.  Throughout her 10 year career in music, Simphiwe Dana has collected 6 South African Music Awards (SAMA), 2 METRO FM Music Awards (Best Female Artist and Best Contemporary Jazz), 1 Avo Session Award in Europe (alongside Elton John who received The Lifetime Achievement Avo Session Award), a Metropolitan Eastern Cape Arts and Culture Award and a Pan South African Language Award.

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MTN Bushfire Line-up announced

Posted by radio On March - 28 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

Africa’s most diverse world music and arts festival announced its main artist line-up at the official  launch event held in Swaziland on Wed March 25thMTN BUSHFIRE returns on May 29 – 31st 2015 with the most eclectic and star-studded line-up to date.


Popular acts featured in the highly anticipated line-up include, Switzerland pop artists Kadebostany, Poni Hoax from France and from Madagascar, Jjoby in addition to Swaziland’s  Tlale Makhene.


MTN BUSHFIRE is also thrilled to welcome back to the main stage South African acts The Soil, Freshlyground and international rock super-stars, The Parlotones. Other top South African acts to feature for the first time this year include Bongeziwe Mabandla and BCUC.


These newly announced artists will take their place alongside Grammy winning MTN BUSHFIRE 2015 headliners, Les Nubians. Other artists also previously announced include top South African acts Shortstraw, Australia’s Black Jesus Experience, as well as Mozambique’s Banda Kakana amongst many others.



The three full days of live musical perormances are complimented by a range of cultural and family-oriented activities which include The Barn, an interactive art, dialogue and performance space, the Global Food Village, the Handcraft and Design Marketplace  and the Kidzone hosting a dedicated programme for families


The main stage line-up for MTN BUSHFIRE 2015 reflects a truly global and diverse range of musical genres– hailing from as far afield as Australia, Turkey and Austria complimenting the many artists performing from African countries closer  to home..


MTN Bushfire 2015 Artist Line-Up


123 (Turkey)


Since their formation in 2004, the Turkish indie pop band 123 has been dazzling audiences with their intriguing stories and dreamy melodies.


123 are supported by the Turkish Embassy of Mozambique.


Amandla Freedom Ensemble (South Africa)


An urban arts music collective of young jazz musicians dedicated to the advancement and preservation of the South African music legacy.


Banda Kakana (Mozambique)


Banda Kakana is a leading representative of a new generation of Mozambican bands, following in the celebrated footsteps of groups like Ghorwane, Eyuphuro and Orquestra Marrabenta Star of Mozambique.


Bashayi Bengoma  Ensemble (Swaziland)

An ensemble of traditional Swazi music, performed by artists from across Swaziland will gather to perform old and news songs, with lyrics poetically speaking about life, love and beauty.


BCUC (South Africa)


Bantu Continua Uhuru Consciousness (BCUC) consists of seven musicians from Soweto, South Africa. BCUC moves the audience both physically and emotionally with a sound derived straight from our ancestral lineage and demystifies the general worldviews about modern Africa.




Black Jesus Experience (Australia)


Black Jesus Experience blend traditional Ethiopian music  along with modern hip-hop and funk grooves.  Their rhymes & chimes deliver the musical strength and beauty of Africa through the vocal prism of hip-hop and the freedom of jazz.


Bongeziwe Mabandla (South Africa)


Two-time SAMA nominee, Bongeziwe Mabandla has been making waves at home and overseas with his blend of urban-African folk. He has performed at festivals in Germany and Spain, as well as opening for the likes of Joss Stone during her South African tour.


Culoe de Song (South Africa)


Top South African DJ and producer, Culoe de Song brings his energetic deep house set to the main stage of MTN BUSHFIRE 2015.


Swazi DJ’s 

Once again MTN Bushfire brings together the finest selection of Swazi DJ’s. MTN Bushfire presents: DJ Zoe, DJ Cream, DJ Mseto, DJ Mkay, DJ Peace and DJ Mixmash.


DJ Danger Ingozi (South Africa)


The ever-progressive DJ Danger Ingozi has been flexing his electro active polymers with a high voltage selection of forward thinking dance music, often infused with African, Baile, Balkan, Reggae, Tropicana and other World Beats.


DJ Okapi (South Africa)


DJ Okapi digs up South African “bubblegum/disco” gems from the late 80’s and early 90s.


Freshlyground (South Africa)


Freshlyground is on home ground! One of South Africa’s most treasured acts, at MTN BUSHFIRE They will perform old favourites as well as some brand new material. Fronted by the diminutive but dynamic Zolani Mahola, the band exudes a live performance energy that has been the bedrock of their success. Although hailing from diverse backgrounds, between them the band’s members weave a musical magic that is highly infectious and undeniably groovy.


Haja Madagascar & the Groovy People [Madagascar/ Congo/ Mozambique/Swaziland]


Charismatic guitarist, singer and multi-instrumentalist, Haja Madagascar collaborates with some of Africa’s finest musicians including; celebrated Congolese bass player Michel Lumana, drummer Stelio Mondlane from Mozambique and vocalists Spirits Indigenous from Swaziland.


This one off musical project of collaborating artists, are brought together by African Synergy and will be touring the 2015 Firefest route.


DJ InviZable & the Champions of the Sonarverse (South Africa)


A master of staging creative Guerrilla performances, DJ INVIZABLE, brings together the champions of the sonarverse for a mind-blowing experience.


Jaojoby (Madagascar)


Jaojoby is commonly recognised as the most popular singer in Madagascar and the Indian Ocean islands and is widely referred to as the “King of Salegy”. His success has earned him such honors as Artist of the Year in Madagascar for two consecutive years (1998–1999) and the role of Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Population Fund in 1999.


Jaojoby Firefest route tour is support by the Alliance Francaise.


Joana Serrat (Spain)


Inspired by American roots musicians including Roy Orbison, Neil Young and Bob Dylan, singer-songwriter Joana Serrat, from Barcelona, Spain, joins us this year to showcase her original blend of folk music.


Joana Serret is supported by the Spanish Embassy of Mozambique.


Kadebostany (Switzerland)


New colonists of the pop empire, Kadebostany have swiftly catapulted themselves into the spotlight with their irresistible blend of pop music. Their latest single, is featured as the theme song for the Blockbuster film, 50 Shades of Grey catapulting them into the global spotlight supported with an extensive world tour.


Kadebostany’s Firefest route tour is supported by ProHelvetia, South Africa.


Les Nubians (France)


Les Nubians are one of the most successful French speaking bands, best known for their Billboard R&B Single “Makeda” from their Grammy-nominated album Princesses Nubiennes.

LES NUBIANS’ newest album, NU REVOLUTION, perfectly sums up their Pan-African approach and ethos.


Nomsa M (Swaziland)


Nomsa M, has established herself a leading female Swazi vocalist. She’s best known for her traditional African jazz ‘Pop sound, delivered on stage with strength, passion and charisma.



The Parlotones (South Africa)


The Parlotones are one of the biggest rock bands to come out of South Africa. Having recently returned from a stint in the US,-The Parlotone’s share their latest material at MTN Bushfire 2015.


Poni Hoax (France)


French electro-rock band Poni Hoax, uniquely feature two keyboard players who are complimented by a traditional pop rhythm section. They are expected to deliver a distinctly retro inspired set at MTN BUSHFIRE 2015.


Poni Hoax are proudly supported by IFAS.


Ras Reggie & Ras Ritchie Project (Swaziland)


Ras Reggie, Co-Founder of the veteran Swazi Reggae group Imphandze and Black Roses teams with Ras Ritchie in an all-star Swazi line-up- Expect sweet reggae tunes!


Safeguard Young People Project (South Africa)


Imagine what it would be like if all adolescents and young people in South Africa are healthy, productive and empowered.


The UNFPA aims to contribute to this vision by uniting seven of the regions young, influential artists to communicate themes of social behaviour change.


Artists include KRTC (Swaziland) Zeus (Botswana) DJ Kaliwa (Zambia) The Dogg (Namibia) Bryan K (Zimbabwe) Stlofa (Lesotho) and Gwamba (Malawi).


Shortstraw (South Africa)


Having taken South Africa by storm with a series of radio hits, Johannesburg based indie-pop band, Shortstraw’s infectious summertime music is sure to deliver ideal festival vibes.


Sweet Sweet Moon (Austria)


Sweet Sweet Moon, features multi-instrumentalist Matthias Frey. His traditional singer songwriter approach has evolved, integrating a diverse musical skillset. On stage, expect bold orchestral style arrangements led by his violin and loop pedal.


Sweet Sweet Moon, is supported by the Austrian Embassy of South Africa.






Tlale Makhene (Swaziland)


Swazi groove master Tlale Makhene is recognised as Swaziland’s leading percussionist/composer. His prolific career has included producing and performing on over 300 jazz and world music album collaborations.


Tiale Makhene will be joined on stage with acclaimed musicians Helder Gonzaga   (Mozambique) Erik Paliani (Malawi) Bernice Boikanyo (SA)  and Thando Matsebula (SA). This regional music collaboration is sponsored by ProHelvitica..


Tonik and friends (South Africa/Swaziland)


TONIK present silent performances! Introducing headphones for individual members of the audience with personal volume control, a concert by TONIK is a revolutionary and immersive experience.


This year Tonik are set to perfume with Swazi musicians Smiles Makhama and Ralph Smit.


Transito (Mozambique/ USA/France)


Projecto TRANSITO is an acoustic journey of discovery between musicians of varied musical and cultural origins using traditional instruments from around the world.


True Vibenation (Zim/Australia)


Made up of African/Australian twins, this Australian band has developed a solid reputation for their electric live shows. True Vibenation bring a fresh approach to hip-hop, blending elements of afro-beat, jazz, dubstep, soul and Latin music to create a global sound.


The Soil (South Africa)


Platinum selling acapella trio, The Soil, are back by popular demand to the MTN BuUSHFIRE main stage. The group are best known for performing in a melodic township style, which they call Kasi Soul.





Early bird tickets are available until March 31st from  the MTN BUSHFIRE website,


From April 1st physical tickets will be available from the MTN BUSHFIRE website and outlets in Maputo, Johannesburg and Swaziland. In Johannesburg, the Lucky Bean restaurant in Melville.


In Maputo, Bairro Bistro. In Swaziland, at the All Out Africa Internet Café  MTN service centres in Riverstone Mall and Corporate Place, as well as at Shak’s Gables, Rob’s Matsapha and E-Top Up in Bhunu Mall.


Make sure you are one of the 20,000 music and arts fans who “BRING THEIR FIRE” to the scenic farmlands of the Malkerns Valley to experience this unique event.


For more information and to purchase tickets:  Also visit: @BushfireFest

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The Inaugural South African Music Marathon is a new platform that will afford musicians from underprivileged backgrounds the opportunity to showcase their talents. The programme will see young musicians being exposed to networking opportunities to bridge the creative divide in impoverished areas.

South AMM Poster

The music marathon will host various events starting in Rustenburg, North West on the weekend of 22 March 2015 at Lesung Community hall. The event will see musicians being exposed to potential talent scouts and adoring fans that would have come to support them.


The event is strictly targeted at young musicians in disadvantaged areas across the country. The idea behind this massive undertaking is to provide a platform to unrecognized musicians who are less fortunate to undergo any form of formal career development in the Music Industry.


South African Music Marathon will cover developmental areas such as exit opportunities, performance principles, network tools, mentoring, career development, music business workshops, exchange programs and partnerships. With the help of various stakeholders the Inaugural South African Music Marathon will become an annual fixture in various community calendars.


The inception of this program started when the event organizer/founder Sello Ramosepele identified gaps in arts development through his observation and research in different music organizations and production companies. “It’s all ways been a long standing dream for me to give back to my community and through this programme we will be creating platforms for young musicians to showcase their talent and introduce them to people in the industry who could assist in developing their careers. Without the support of the Arts and Culture Trust, Nedbank Arts Affinity, Braam Vibes Publicity and Leopard Queen Network, this event wouldn’t be possible.” Said Ramosepele.


For more information about the South African Music Marathon and how to participate, please email

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Swaziland’s highly regarded world music and arts festival, MTN Bushfire, today officially invites applications to trade and exhibit at this year’s event on May 29 -31st   2015.


The Global Food Village, Artisan Hand Craft Market and The Barn welcome applications from individuals, artists and small businesses to trade and exhibit at MTN Bushfire Festival 2015.


MTN Bushfire is highly regarded as a cultural eco-system of creativity, which helps to contribute towards Swaziland’s continued arts development. As the biggest world music festival in Southern Africa, the festival attracts over 20,000 visitors each year, to the beautiful farmlands of the Malkerns Valley.


Internationally recognized for celebrating creative expression, MTN Bushfire festival seeks to showcase the finest culinary expertise, craft and artistic visionaries within their global platform.



The Global Food Village


The MTN BUSHFIRE Global Food Village is a celebration of culture through the art of food and an opportunity to discover global delicacies and culinary delights.   Festival attendees can choose between an array of traditional Swazi cuisine and a selection of global offerings to fuel the fire in their bellies!



Handcraft and Design Market

The MTN Bushfire Handcraft and Design Market brings together the finest artisans and Swazi craft businesses to showcase regional crafters, sparking creativity and exchange. With a focus on ethical products and emerging local design, artisans display a wealth of handmade contemporary African fashion accessories and home ware.


The Barn

The Barn is an interactive art, dialogue and performance space devoted to innovation and creativity. The Barn’s annual art exhibition, curated by Yebo! Contemporary Art Gallery facilitates conversation and encourages participants to be inspired thinkers, doers, artists and visionaries.


Jiggs Thorne, MTN Bushfire Festival director, comments:


“We are very excited to invite local Swazi people to be involved in MTN Bushfire 2015, utilizing it as a platform for positive social change. We feel very privileged to be able to showcase the wealth of artistic, craft and culinary expression in the Swazi creative economy, with an international audience.”


MTN Bushfire Festival aims to continue to increase Swaziland’s international profile by celebrating creative expression and promoting social responsibility to stimulate the economy.


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