THE SOUTHERN AFRICAN MUSIC FESTIVAL CIRCUIT
SAMFC is a Festival Tour circuit taking place during the month of May each year. This select group of festivals all share a common creative aesthtic and vision for arts development in the region. SAMFC includes the Harare International Festival of Arts (HIFA), AZGO, Africa Day, MTN BUSHFIRE, ZAKIFO MUSIK and SAKIFO MUSIK.
SAMFC is a practical, results oriented network of six festivals that all coincide in a manageable touring timeframe. Aligned festival dates facilitate more performances by addressing challenges associated with geography/distance and costs.
A SOUTHERN AFRICA FESTIVAL PORTAL, SAMFC FACILITATES:
• International and regional arts and cultural tourism
• Artist collaboration opportunities
• Cultural exposure to multiple countries
• Linkages to cultural and creative agencies, artists and venues
• Cost sharing of artists
• Media and branding opportunities
WHILE SUPPORTING CULTURAL EXCHANGE AND DEVELOPMENT, THE FIREFEST ROUTE CONTRIBUTES TO LOCAL ECONOMIC SECTORS:
• Creative Economy: artist exposure, audience development, job and trade creation, financial viability of festivals
• Tourism Sector: tourism, transport and accommodation providers, branding opportunities
• Media: creative content, branding opportunities
• Corporates and sponsors: reach regional target markets, branding opportunities
“SAMFC is regarded by AMFN as one of the most innovative and ground-breaking concepts today in African arts festival development.” - Paul Brickhill, African Music Festivals Network/ African Synergy Trust
“Amazing!!! ..The environment was awesome, people everywhere and a great opportunity to meet different cultures and exchange experiences with other musicians. SAMFC can be in the near future one of the biggest festival routes around the world and the fact that musicians can perform in that circuit is something unique.” – Stewart Sukuma, Award-winning Musician, Mozambique
We seek out the support of partners and sponsors across the creative industries, tourism and media sectors to further develop the SAMFC.
SELECTED ARTISTS WHO HAVE PERFORMED ALONG THE SAMFC SINCE 2012
Hope Masike, Zimbabwe
Bokani Dyer, South Africa
Nathalie Natiembe, Reunion Island
Bomba Estereo, Colombia
Ras Haitrm, Mozambique
The Brother Moves On, South Africa
Kiwi & the Papaya Mangoes, Japan
Cheny Wa Gune, Mozambique
Under Kontrol, France
Fuel Fandango, Spain
Nomadic Wax Collective, USA
Imperial Tiger Orchestra, Switzerland
True Vibenation, Australia
Joana Serrat, Spain
Sweet, Sweet Moon, Austria
Akale Wube, France
Spring String Quartet, Austria
HIFA, Harare, Zimbabwe www.hifa.co.zw
HIFA, Harare International Festival of the Arts is an annual international arts festival that encompasses five main disciplines: music, theatre, fine arts, dance and spoken word. HIFA began in 1999 and since then has taken the Zimbabwean and Southern African arts scene by storm. The Festival showcases the best of Zimbabwean performances and fine arts while at the same time staging and exhibiting the most exciting and creative international and regional performances.
AZGO, Maputo, Mozambique www.azgofestival.com 20 - 21 May
AZGO Festival is a socio- cultural project that aims to promote culture in different forms [Music, Fine Arts and Cinema]. Since its first edition in 2011, it has hosted over 38 bands and 73 artists from 14 countries. Inspired by the slang of Maputo - ‘azgo’ - which means ‘let’s go’, is an international festival that puts Mozambique on the map of most promising festivals in the world.
Africa Day, Johannesburg, SA www.bassline.co.za 28 May
Presented by The Bassline, the Bassline Africa Day concert features top South African acts alongside some of the continent’s hottest new musical talent. Celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2014, It has hosted icons of African music including Femi Kuti, Ismael Lo, ASA, Angelique Kidjo, Amadou and Miriam and more, marking it as one of the premier continental live music showcases. The Bassline venue celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2014, and it is now one of the longest running live music brands in South Africa and indeed Africa.
Zakifo, Durban, SA www.zakifo.com 27 - 28 May
ZAKIFO is an eclectic, international music festival, focusing on Pop and World music, that takes place annually on the beachfront in Durban, South Africa. The festival, now in its second year, will have a week of music industry engagements, workshops and couch-sessions in the build-up. ZAKIFO is the sister festival of Sakifo, Reunion Island’s largest and most established music festival. Our aim is to build the same kind of signature event, supporting and nurturing South-South cultural partnerships and collaborations in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa under the banner of ZAKIFO.
MTN BUSHFIRE, Malkerns, Swaziland www.bushfire.co.sz 27 - 29 May
Announced this year by CNN as one of the “7 African music festivals you really have to see”, MTN BUSHFIRE is Swaziland’s internationally acclaimed music & arts festival that celebrates creative expression whilst promoting social responsibility, stimulating the economy and drawing talent and tourists from across Africa and around the world.
Sakifo, Reunion Island, France www.sakifo.com 3 - 5 June
At the heart of the Indian Ocean, Sakifo in Creole is like a victorious rallying cry: ”That’s what is needed!”. Born in 2004, the Sakifo Festival, schedules the great names of international music who seldom have the opportunity to perform in the region. Within a warm atmosphere, the festival offers several stages along the beach of Saint-Pierre, and on Sunday morning, a warmed-up plate of rice- the famous traditional “risofé” in a musical ambience in the district of Terre Saint. Sakifo Musik Festival, like Reunion Island, is cross-cultural.
Embassy of Colombia in South Africa
Embassy of Spain in Maputo
Alliance Francaise of Swaziland
The French Institute of South Africa
The General Delegation of the Alliance Francaise
The French Mozambican Cultural Centre
US Embassy in Swaziland
Prohelvetia Swiss Arts Council
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Official Photographers - Bram Lanmers and Sydelle Willow-Smith