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MTN Bushfire Ignites the Digital Spa

Posted by radio On September - 16 - 2021

Bab L’Bluz (Morocco)

Bab L’Bluz is a Franco-Moroccan band whose name means “The Gateway to the Blues”. Formed in 2018, they are a uniquely Moroccan psychedelic Rock band inspired by Gnawa and Hassani traditions, which they combine with rock, contemporary music, and popular Moroccan music.

Bholoja (Eswatini)

Mbongiseni Ngubane has wowed MTN Bushfire audiences many times over with his multi-colored, intrepid voice and a talent for writing songs that reflect on the daily life and unique culture of the people of his homeland. A true Eswatini treasure who is always ready to bring his fire! His music, dubbed Swazi Soul, is a blend of alternative soul, gospel, jazz, blues and African traditional rhythms.


Catu Diosis (Uganda)

All about love, energy and good times, Catu Diosis is a Ugandan producer and DJ. She makes the dancefloor a boiling pot of vibes with her loud and tropical sounds. From Gqom to Kuduro, she will keep you dancing and smiling. She is a talent not to be missed, with her energetic moves and engaging performances that blew up the Boiler Room and the main stage at Nyege Nyege 2019.


Christine Salem (Reunion Island)

The iconic singer-songwriter from Reunion Island blends the percussions of her island with the melodies of a virtuoso violin. In her songs, tinged with Blues, Maloya and Rock, she gives thanks to her ancestors and sings of hope for a better world.




Jeremy Loops (South Africa)

From cult live act status in his hometown Cape Town, to a chart topping album domestically, Jeremy Loops’ career hass been characterised by breaking through glass ceilings. His international breakout saw him open for Twenty One Pilots on the road, and headline a sold-out 30,000-ticket tour of his own, soon followed by a sold-out headline show at London’s iconic O2 Academy Brixton. It’s the blend of genres that catches the ear – modern Folk with an urban edge, spanning gentle, rousing ballads to anthemic arena-ready bangers.



JOJO ABOT is a nomadic interdisciplinary artist exploring evolving themes of spirituality identity and community with self as the start point to collective evolution. JOJO ABOT continues a provocative, genre-bending dialogue with a growing global audience through her uniquely coined AFRO-HYNO-SONIC sound and otherworldly perspective. JOJO ABOT continues to develop and present her interdisciplinary practice through POWER TO THE GOD WITHIN and other curatorial projects.


Mayra Andrade (Cape Verde)

Mayra’s singing is a blend of radiant, dancing colours, velvet beats and spicy melodies. Her voice is subtly seasoned with pepper, as if the Europe of pop had always been a tropical archipelago. The songs conjure up an eternal summer that disperses the mists and chills, but never resort to the tinsel of exoticism. Sung in Cape Verdean Creole, English and Portuguese, they carry us away in their warm, adventurous unpredictability


Mighty Vibration & Azagaia (Mozambique)

From Mozambique comes Mighty Vibration, a spiritually conscious reggae artist also known as Texito Langa. Azagaia is an MC who became widely known for his songs of protest and intervention in 2007. They now have joined forces to perform mixed sounds of Conscious Reggae and Hip-Hop Rap, with the aim to bring about deep awareness of the various fields of human life.


Mpho Sebina (Botswana)

Born, bred and raised in Botswana, Mpho Sebina was labeled in 2018 as “an artist to look out for” by Global Citizen. She is a singer and songwriter whose vocal talents and hauntingly minimalistic and mystic visuals capture audiences and invite them to hone in on the messaging of her songs.

Ndlovu Youth Choir (South Africa)

One of the world’s most treasured music groups, the Ndlovu Youth Choir, with their unique musical arrangements and powerhouse vocals combined with mesmerizing choreography, have inspired millions across the globe. What started as an after-school programme for orphaned and vulnerable children is now an international recording and touring sensation!


Nubya Garcia (United Kingdom)

Multi-award-winning saxophonist and composer, Nubya Garcia is a talent to be seen and heard. Her debut album, SOURCE, wascreceived with wide critical acclaim and described by The New York Times as “a life’s worth of experiences in an hour-long listen,” elevated her career and she has not come down since. She has gone on to secure a spot on UK Charts Top 30.


Oddisee (USA)

DMV rapper and record producer was born Amir Elkhalifa in Washington D.C. to a Sudanese father and African American mother. He bore witness to stark inequity early in life and became as political as the city he was raised in. Elkhalifa tackles the human condition with unwavering conviction and candour, merging elements of Jazz, Funk, and Go-Go into his Hip Hop-rooted productions.


Qhibo & Hanwah (Eswatini)

Qibho Intalektual, a poet, thespian and activist from Eswatini, uses his poetry to speak truth to power. Hanwah is a British vocalist, pianist and producer whose soothing vocals and unique production takes you into a new state of mind. Together, the duo create original sounds that reflect the current moods of Eswatini, along with what the landscape has to offer.


Sun-El Musician (South Africa)

Sanele Sithole, better known by his stage name Sun-El Musician, is a South African disc jockey, music producer and songwriter. Born and raised in Mooi River, KwaZulu-Natal, he was a producer for Demor Music before the establishment of his own record label EL World Music.


Tendaness (Eswatini)

Introducing his signature sound with his hit “Jika”, featuring Bholoja and LO, Tendaness has become an award-winning artist. Described as a “genre-bender”, Tendaness’ sound is a combination of a variety of genres, such as Jazz and Folk with Electronic elements, resulting in a sound with worldwide potential.


The Collab with The One Who Sings (South Africa) & Sands (Eswatini)

This year, The One Who Sings and Sands created a new song for the second event of the MTN Bushire 2021 Digital Series, The Collab, and now “Give Me Fire” will be screened for the very first time! Sandziso “Sands” Matsebula is a multi-talented guitarist, songwriter, performing artist and Afro-Soul singer, and one of Eswatini’s best-loved talents. The One Who Sings, Zolani Mahola, is most famously known as the former lead singer of the internationally acclaimed pan-African South African music group Freshlyground and has gone on to create a global reputation as an extraordinary singer, songwriter, actress and storyteller.





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