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MTN Bushfire Announces Festival App

Posted by radio On April - 25 - 2019 ADD COMMENTS

MTN Bushfire is excited to announce the development of the official MTN Bushfire App, that has come about through a partnership between MTN Bushfire and Real Image, the festival’s IT partner.


The MTN Bushfire festival app is in line with MTN Bushfire’s #BringYourFire ‘green’ mandate, a commitment to environmental sustainability. This year, the festival embraces the #GreenYourFire theme through delivering a paperless festival.


Other ways in which the event will embrace the theme include; recycling, tree planting activities among others. The Festival’s commitment to environmental sustainability extends into the Marketplace and Global Food Village, with vendors required to use recyclable or biodegradable materials for their packaging within the Festival.



The festival App is scheduled to be released in the second week of May and is set to transform the way patrons communicate with our key customer touch points, with access to the following; Tickets, Line up, Festival Map, Park and ride schedule , Merchandise, Sponsor a Child, Explore and General Info.

The app will also allow the user to view the Bushfire Artist line-up, Artists’ bios, performance stage schedules with an exciting feature that will enable a user to create a custom schedule of their favourite artist and then receive real-time notifications of when the artist is about to go on stage.



Users will be able to receive zone-specific notifications when they step into a certain zone (e.g. Kids Zone, The Barn, Food Court area etc). Examples of such notifications to be received include Safety & Security Tips, Park & Ride Tips etc. Accessible via the app will also be up-to-date maps of the festival site and other important locations.



A real-time Lost & Found notification feature will also been added within the app’s interface. Any user of the app will receive notifications if and when an item has been lost and handed over to the Bushfire team. The app will also feature access to the Merchandise online store.



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. Listed by BBC as a “Top African festival,” MTN Bushfire has recently confirmed an eclectic mix of artists from Europe and Africa. The latest artist announcements reflect the diverse mix of styles, sounds and cultures that will be on display across the MTN Bushfire stages.

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The unique Afrosymphonic concert brings together diverse acts including South African soulful house band Mi Casa; the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra; Afrikaans singing sensation Refentse Morake; acclaimed dramatic soprano Andiswa Makana; jazz songstress Zoë Modiga and stage & screen stars Samantha Peo & Craig Urbani, under the baton of Maestros Richard Cock and Brandon Phillips.


Filmed under magnificent Cape skies, on the iconic Great Lawn at the Vergelegen Wine Estate in Somerset West in March 2019, RMB Starlight Classicsis a South African cultural institution that captures the magic that happens when rooted African rhythms, hot pop hits, legendary operatic arias and soaring classical scores combine to make something truly unique. The RMB Starlight Classicsconcerts are held twice a year, in March and September.



Also part of the lineup are South African singing ambassadors, the Drakensberg Boys Choir; the Cape Town Opera Chorus; renowned jazz saxophonist Karendra Devroop and operatic stars Sipho Fubesi & Bongani Kubeka.



“RMB Starlight Classics isn’t only for classical music fans – it’s a celebration of the power of all types of music and song,” says director Darren Hayward. “It’s amazing to see diverse performers like Mi Casa’s J Something and opera star Sipho Fubesi collaborate on performances like ‘Perfect Symphony’, experience the power of the Drakensberg Boys Choir performing Vangelis’ ‘Conquest of Paradise’ and see the full cast lending their amazing talents to mash-ups of Bruno Mars’ ’24K Magic’, ‘Uptown Funk’ and Justin Timberlake’s ‘Can’t Stop The Feeling’”.



“We’re proud of the huge success of Starlight Classics – and more so, how the audience leaves the concert on such a positive note, re-energised to tackle the daily magic and madness that is South Africa,” says RMB’s Carolynne Waterhouse.

Don’t miss this truly unique musical fusion experience on M-Net (DStv Channel 101) on Sunday 21 April from 15:00-16:30.

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MTN Bushfire 2019: more SA artists announced!

Posted by radio On April - 8 - 2019 ADD COMMENTS

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.


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.”


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.


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,  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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There are many ways to get to Africa’s most acclaimed music festival,  MTN Bushfire, hailed in 2016 by CNN as one of the “7 African music festivals you really have to see” and listed by BBC as a “Top African festival.”


Some guests  follow the compass and GPS coordinates to 26.4973° S, 31.2183° E, leading to the House on Fire in the Malkerns Valley of eSwatini, home of the MTN Bushfire Festival.



Other guests follow a different kind of  compass that can also lead you to this iconic event – the compass that is inside each and every person and is at the heart of the MTN Bushfire #BringYourFire ethos – that being your moral compass.



But possibly the BEST way to get to MTN Bushfire 2019, taking place from May 24th – 26th 2019 is with an inclusive VIP weekend package that includes a chauffeur drive for you and a guest from Johannesburg to MTN Bushfire and back.



The winner of the Road to Bushfire Weekend package will receive this amazing prize that includes 2 Golden Lounge tickets, 3 nights accommodation (including breakfast), at a nearby hotel, hotel transfers, as well as a tour of The Mantenga Cultural Village and The Swaziland National Museum.


With drinks and snacks for the journey included, as well as stops at fun and interactive activation points along the way, the prize winners will arrive at MTN Bushfire feeling refreshed and ready for the weekend.

This prize, valued at over R35,000.00 is up for grabs via IOL, all you have to do is visit the  IOl Competition Page and follow the links.



As anyone who has attended an MTN Bushfire Festival can attest,  MTN Bushfire is more than a festival, it’s a living, breathing ecosystem deeply rooted in African soil, yet inclusive and welcoming to guests from all over the world.

This uniquely African, and yet globally infused festival experience welcomes thousands in an atmosphere of tolerance and passionate commitment to music, the arts and the environment.


MTN Bushfire is unlike just about any other event of its kind based on this strong and foundational commitment to igniting social change within individuals, communities, and at large. The Festival’s #BRINGYOURFIRE call to action is a personal one that taps into the moral compass inside everyone.



MTN Bushfire invites all fans of music, the arts, cultural exploration and environmental sustainability to become part of the thriving community that is MTN Bushfire.

So follow the compass and join in the journey towards MTN Bushfire 2019 by following us on all social media platforms as well as visiting our website,



*Terms and conditions apply. Winner and guest must be over 18 and have valid South African passports. For additional T’s & C’s click here  Entries close on April 30th.

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Port Elizabeth born Singer/songwriter Titi Luzipho has released her brand new single Being Woman from her forthcoming album. Titi is a trained musician, creative and musical director whose love for music knows no bounds.

She comes from a musical family, her late grandfather, CB Qwesha was a musical genius and composer. His greatests work – Ndisindise O Jehova, Save me Oh Thou Jehova became one of the world’s greatest hymns. Titi became a household name in the Jazz circles across South Africa, having worked with the likes of Simphiwe Dana, Thandiswa Mazwai, Siphokazi, Gloria Bosman, Siphokazi, Caiphus Semenya and Loyiso and Zwai Bala among other greats.


“I am so blessed to have this gift and be able to share it with the masses. Being Woman is a powerful song celebrating women, acknowledging the plight of women in an unjust world. This song is so personal to me, it took a lot for me to birth it and I hope it heals, empowers, motivates and inspires a lot of women and men.”


Titi has worked with a number of incredible artists on her upcoming album with Luyanda Madope on production and keys. The album also features Ringo Madlingozi, who is one of Titi’s strong influences.


Titi counts it a blessing to have been mentored by the Grammy award nominated producer Zwai Bala. Together they worked on honing, nurturing and harnessing Titi’s vocal ability. How can she fail when she was not only mentored by the eldest Bala brother but by the late great Dr Winston Ntshona and Dorothy Masuka and her equally talented mother Vuyelwa Qwesha-Luzipho.


Now Titi has built quite a following introducing and refining the concept “#SongsMyMotherTaughtMe” – a tribute to the massive musical influence her mother, well known songstress Vuyelwa Qwesha has had on her life. She also started a movement #BeingWomxn as part of the eradication of femicides. This movement seeks to heal and celebrate women who are victims of gender-based violence, misogyny and patriarchy.


Titi is a gem! The future of jazz is in great hands’

-The Times-


‘My eyes were glued from the first note to the last. When I die, this is how I would like my music to be sung.’

-Dorothy Masuka’ – her late mentor.

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Its official – the Golden Lounge for the 2019 edition of MTN Bushfire is sold out!

MTN Bushfire is the acclaimed music and arts festival known and loved for its Afro-centric ethos and its strong focus on African music, culture and the arts. Listed by BBC as a “Top African festival”, MTN Bushfire 2019 promises an eclectic mix of artists from across the globe.


This exceptional music line-up combined with the spirit of celebration and tolerance that is MTN Bushfire are what make the festival a living-breathing ecosystem that welcomes over 29,000 guests every year to the Malkerns Valley in Eswatini.


While Main Arena tickets for this year’s festival are STILL AVAILABLE through the MTN Bushfire website,, Golden Lounge tickets will no longer be available online or at physical outlets. Day tickets for Sunday May 26th will be on sale shortly.


Due to popular demand, camping in the All Out Africa campsite is selling out.  Family camp, BYO in the Forest, Car Camp, Caravan Camp and Canvas Camp have already sold out and the remaining spots are selling fast.  To avoid disappointment please book your camping spot as soon as possible.  Sales will close once all spots have been filled.


Make sure to book now for your ticket and camping to avoid disappointment.


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


Line up information, ticket and accommodation information can be found on the MTN Bushfire website,

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Seba Kaapstad bring an intoxicating and atmospheric spirit with their new video for “Africa” out today along with the announcement of their upcoming album Thina, out May 15th via Mello Music Group. With an effortless but captivating approach, “Africa” combines soul, jazz, hip hop, and the music of Africa in a swirl of sounds that can only result from a group that hails from such diverse backgrounds.

Seba Kaapstad consists of band members, Zoe Modiga, Philip Scheibel

(Pheel), Ndumiso Manana, and Sebastian Schuster (Seba). Drawing from their South Africa, Swazi, and German backgrounds, the group creates a soundscape without borders in order to demonstrate the commonalities shared between human beings. Now signed with Mello Music Group, Seba Kaapstad is neo-soul on a world stage.

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This year’s show will be headlined by SA favourites Mmatema, Dumi Mkokstad, Samthing Soweto and Xolani Mdlalose.



In light of the upcoming Easter season, the Soweto Central Chorus of the Salvation Army will once again bring you a musically world class show at this year’s 4th annual Easter Songs of Praise taking place at the Linder Auditorium on Friday, 12 April.

This year, music revellers at large will enjoy a show boasting performances by headline acts such as 2015 Idols finalist Mmatema, award-winning gospel music sensation Dumi Mkokstad, Afro-pop favourite Samthing Soweto and ex-Joyous Celebration lead singer Xolani Mdlalose.


“This year, we are elated to have these musical geniuses as part of this monumental event. The Easter Songs of Praise aims to encourage people to find the peace that comes from salvation, through music. It’s important that the messages of hope through our music reaches and touches the lives of everyone who hears us,” said Manzini Zungu, the Musical Director.


Founded in 2012, the Soweto Central Chorus is a unique brigade and musical division of the Salvation Army’s Soweto Central Corps. The anointed choir boasts over 80 members who have broken generational boundaries. Since it was founded seven years ago, the Soweto Central Chorus managed to catch the attention of some of South Africa’s upper echelons. In 2016, the choir was invited to perform at King Goodwill Zwelithini’s palace-home to the world-renowned Zulu King.


The choir’s core mandate is to minister through music and staying true to this, it has spread the word of God through song in events like the Road to Calvary, the 3rd Easter Songs of Praise 2018, Carols by Candlelight and performances at other Salvation Army Corps.

Tickets to the Easter Songs of Praise will be available from Computicket from Tuesday 26 March at a cost of R150 – R200 per person.


Download the 3rd Easter songs of praise album on Spotify, iTunes, Shazam, Google Play, Deezer and Amazon. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @esop_za ,@easter_songs Facebook Easter Songs of Praise

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As MTN Bushfire International Festival of the Arts celebrates 13 years, it’s the ideal time to take  a moment to reflect on the physical, spiritual and ethical journey that everyone takes to this living, breathing ecosystem deeply rooted in African soil.

MTN Bushfire is more than simply a music festival, as all previous guests will attest. Taking place in the beautiful Malkerns Valley of Eswatini, just a four hour drive from Johannesburg from May 24th – 26th,  the festival sees fire starters from all corners of the globe gather to ignite a movement for social change, embracing tolerance and passionate commitment to music, the arts and the environment.


Through various actions, MTN Bushfire encourages participants, guests, and suppliers to  #BringYourFire through various activations and engagements.


One of the simplest and most popular ways to support this call to action is to WEAR YOUR FIRE – with MTN Bushfire’s amazing range of merchandise that sees all proceeds of sales directly supporting the MTN Bushfire beneficiary, BoMake Rural Projects, who support rural women, their families and communities through health, education and sustainable livelihood projects. The merchandise reflects the theme for the year – that of the moral compass that guides us all to be active participants and advocates for positive change in our communities.


This year, MTN Bushfire Fire Starters can get the jump on the queues and purchase the MTN Bushfire 13th edition Golden Compass Merchandise range now available online! Please follow the link to the store for purchases:

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20th March, Superstar Rapper, Singer/songwriter and mental health advocate J Molley has released a brand new video for Lightning off his second EP Leader of the Wave. The EP follows the massive internet success of his debut Dreams Money Can Buy which was released in 2017.


‘Dreams Money Can Buy’ earned J Molley, whose real name is Jesse Mollett, a 20 year-old Johannesburg-born and Pretoria-bred exquisite talent, a top 3 spot in its three days of release.


Barely two years in the industry, J Molley’s star is shining so bright that his peers have been paying attention to every single thing he does. With over 1.3 million listens on Soundcloud, and over 1.5 million streams on paid platforms in just one and a half years, J Molley is emerging as one of the best to watch.


Lightning is one of the singles from Leader of the Wave EP and its video is one work of art. Shot in Cape Town, J Molley plays with subtle, dark tones and has fully dressed girls!!! How refreshing for a Hip Hop video!


“The album is very thought provoking, it’s from conversations in my head which were mostly negative, from some negative experiences which have ultimately made me a better person. It’s the rawest form of my thoughts and what goes on in my head. My music is my truth and nothing makes one lonelier than the secrets we keep, I make it a point that in my music, I let it all out.


Dark, sinister, futuristic, flashing lights, expensive, cold and new wave are definitely all the words to describe not just the album but the Lightning music video.


You can check out the song and video on the links below:


J Molley is signed to Never Broke a company he co-owns. He is not only a talented independent artist, he also edits all his music videos and images. His success is his own hard work with no co-signs from other artists. He has however lent his voice on other artists’ songs, the likes of Stogie T, Kwesta and DJ Speedsta.



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