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First artists announced for MTN Bushfire 2023!

MTN Bushfire is thrilled to announce the first of many talented and exciting acts for the 16th edition of MTN Bushfire, in 2023! Powerhouse performers Sho Madjozi, Ibeyi and Qibho Intalektual will join dozens of artists from Africa and around the world on the various festival stages from 26th–28th May 2023.

Rooted in Africa and yet globally inclusive, MTN Bushfire’s line-up has always embraced the eccentric and unearthed the eclectic. Music, dance, theatre, spoken word – all forms of creative expression engage and enlighten us with powerful messages and memorable performances at Eswatini’s premier international music and arts festival.

One of South Africa’s brightest and boldest stars, Sho Madjozi’s audacious energy and colourful aesthetic make for a powerful stage presence, felt even before her first reverberating bassline drops. Her energetic music combines Hip Hop hooks with catchy Gqom-rooted melodies, fusing languages, genres and fashions – paying homage to her Tsonga heritage while embellishing it with a global sensibility.

Ibeyi is a French musical duo consisting of twin sisters Lisa-Kaindé and Naomi Diaz. The duo sings in English, French, Spanish and Yoruba. In Yoruba, “Ibeyi” means “twins”. Their stunning parallel harmonies and integral minimalist Latin percussion play with momentous, deeply resonant bass and electronic Neo-Soul to transport audiences into a sublime state of grace, where the divine heals the divided; reminding us that the meaning of life can only be achieved through the magic of living.

Eswatini’s own Qibho Intalektual is a mentor, poet, musician, author, social activist and member of arts development initiative Rooted Soulz. One of the most popular artists in Eswatini, Qibho is known for his blend of witty, thought-provoking and intelligent wordplay. His unmistakable signature style is deeply embedded in conscious Hip Hop music, reflecting honest social commentary with skillful storytelling.

Many more artists will be announced in the new year, but already the MTN Bushfire 2023 line-up promises to exceed expectations!

Festival fans can also expect the usual diverse range of arts, culture, and family-friendly activities, performances and activations.  This year’s line-up will also include theatre, comedy, dance and, of course, the ever-popular artisanal Barn Marketplace, Global Food Village, and KidZone.

Festival, Glamping and Camping tickets are all available for purchase on the MTN Bushfire website, Tickets have sold out for the last 8 years running so get in the festive mood and purchase now!

Look out for further exciting acts to be announced on the MTN Bushfire Ayoba channel and @mtnbushfire on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.