Text: Culture Reporter
The MTN Bushfire, Swaziland, 2018 artist line-up just got that much hotter with the announcement of African mega-starsSalif Keita & Yemi Alade & Ladysmith Black Mambazo as the latest addition to the main-stage for the festival taking place from May 25th – 27th.
As one of the largest world music festivals and recognized by CNN as one of the “7 African music festivals you really have to see,” and listed by BBC as a “Top African Festival,” MTN Bushfire is once again bringing the fire to the main stage with this latest announcement of artists.
One of Nigeria’s hottest exports, Yemi Alade is well known and loved across the continent for her Afro-centric sound and style. Alade has achieved a kind of cult status worldwide, but in Africa she’s a bonafide superstar. In 2015 she won Best Female at the MTV African Music Awards, her 2016 album hit No.1 on the continent’s iTunes chart, and she was named an ambassador for Africa Fashion Week.
Salif Keita needs no introduction to fans of world and African music. To call him a legend is by no means an exaggeration, known as “the golden voice of Africa,” Keita is one of the founders of the Afro-pop genre, Keita is world renowned for his unforgettable live performances, soaring vocals and his emotionally-fueled songs and even after a career spanning over thirty years- his live performances backed by a full band are something to behold.
South African multi-Grammy winning artists and MTN Bushfire favorite, Ladysmith Black Mambazo will once again return to play the festival, bringing their unmatched accapello performance to yet another generation of fans. For over four decades the group, founded by Joseph Shabalala has stayed relevant and fresh, just recently winning their 5th Grammy award.
These legendary artists join the initial artist line-up that has already been announced and that includes; Dub Inc (France), Alice Phoebe Lou (South Africa), Flavia Coelho (Brazil), Elida Almeida (Cape Verde), Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse (South Africa), Samthing Soweto (South Africa) and Tlale Makhene (Swaziland), Nakhane Toure, (South Africa), Nonku Phiri (South Africa), Oki Dub Ainu Band (Japan), Sekou Kouyate (Guinea), Mario Batkovik (Switzerland)and Manu Sija (Argentina) amongst others. To find out more visit https://www.bush-fire.com/explore/lineup/.
This amazing artist line-up is just one of the reasons that MTN Bushfire tickets sell out every year. Book now to avoid missing out on the unique full-weekend experience that is MTN Bushfire.
MTN Bushfire is a holistic experience made up of a rich texture of arts, cultures, crafts, food markets, and specialized zones that combine to create an explosive three-day event and a memorable take home experience. An event with something for everyone, MTN Bushfire 2018 will also present an exciting 3-day KidZone, and also the fully interactive Bring Your Fire Zone.
Tickets are on sale NOW for MTN Bushfire as well as various travel and accommodation options. Festival guests are strongly encouraged to book early as tickets for the festival sell-out well in advance of the weekend and many accommodation options are also booked well in advance.
There are a variety of ticket and accommodation (camping and glamping) options, as well as special VIP and family friendly packages.
For more information www.bush-fire.com and https://www.facebook.com/MTNBUSHFIRE/