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29 Feb 2012 11:14
Class acts Ayo, Saul Williams, Nancy G and Flavia Coelho will join the spectacular line-up of international artists at this year’s MTN Bushfire Festival, taking place from May 25 to 27 in Swaziland’s picturesque Malkerns Valley.
Bushfire’s vision of creating a socially responsible, sustainable arts festival for the 21st century has been given a significant boost with sponsorship from MTN
“Bushfire presents us with a platform through which we can support our corporate social responsibility efforts through the MTN Foundation, which seeks to develop the arts and culture of Swaziland,” said Ambrose Dlamini, CEO of MTN Swaziland.
“We share some interesting similarities: Bushfire and the MTN brand are both young, growing and evoke a sense of fun, positivity and innovation,”
Headlining the world music showcase is Romanian-Nigerian singer-songwriter Ayo.
Joining her is US-based performance poet Saul Williams, described as “a leading voice on the spoken-word scene”, and his backing band.
MTN Bushfire will also feature the spectacular Burundi Drummers, as well as Swazi songstress Nancy G and “Swazi soul” pioneer Bholoja.
South African magic
Among the South African acts that will be featured on the festival’s stages are MXO, Jeremy Loops, Tonik, Mi Casa, DJ duo Revolution, and jazz maestro Adam Glasser’s Mzansi project, featuring vocalist Pinise Saul and guitarist Bheki Khoza.
Arts with a heart
Since its inception in 2007, Bushfire has become a significant player in boosting and developing Swaziland’s arts and culture scene. In addition to providing employment and generating much-needed revenue for the national economy, through the 16 000 to 20 000 revellers the event routinely attracts, the festival raises awareness and funds for some of the country’s most pressing social needs.
A festival of local craft and food will also be featured alongside the main music showcase, further benefiting local artists.
Tickets for the festival, as well as accomodation and travel information, are available from the festival’s official website.
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