Red-hot MTN BUSHFIRE ready to ignite your senses!
The countdown has begun to next weekend’s MTN BUSHFIRE International Festival of the Arts in Swaziland – the festival promises to draw a potent inferno of music, poetry and culture from Africa and around the globe.
Over the next week, thousands of people from around the world will flock to the Kingdom of Swaziland, prepared to kindle a spirit of communality and social dialogue at one of the most blisteringly creative and progressive independent arts festivals on the continent: MTN BUSHFIRE. The sixth annual MTN BUSHFIRE will take place from 25 to 27 May 2012 at the whimsical House on Fire venue at Malandela’s Farm in the Malkerns Valley, Swaziland.
This year’s MTN BUSHFIRE Festival draws a wealth of international talent, with artists from all over the world stopping at the festival to share the blessing of their music. International acts on the line-up for the three-day festival include American spoken word artist, poet, and musician Saul Williams, Romanian-Nigerian singer-songwriter Ayo, and Japanese world-music act Sakaki Mango & Limba Train Sound System. In an international context closer to Swaziland, the celebration will also draw a range of artists and performers from the Southern African region: most notably, award-winning South African artist Mi Casa, the famed Giant Puppets of Mozambique, and Adam Glasser’s Mzansi Project for the jazz enthusiasts among us.
While it is certainly known for it’s international flavour, MTN BUSHFIRE also dedicates itself to promoting and showcasing Swazi talent. This year’s local line-up will feature an array of Swazi acts, including Nancy G and the Human Family, Bholoja, Labahambako In Transit, poets Rooted Soulz, and local DJs Chuidy, Muscle, Cya, Mfundo, Mseto, Rekorder, Tendaness and Toxik. Festival attendees can also check out thought-provoking talks by local Swazi leaders such as cultural researcher and author Joy Ndwandwe and “food activist” Dolores Godeffroy.
For further mentally stimulating discussions on culture, society, and arts, MTN BUSHFIRE is proud this year to host a new venue: The Barn, a space dedicated to inspiring minds and engendering discussion surrounding pertinent, topical issues in modern Swazi society. Swazi-born, internationally acclaimed actor Richard E Grant will be attending this year’s festival to participate in the programme at The Barn, leading discussions and offering a unique, experienced worldview. The Barn is a microcosm of MTN BUSHFIRE’s commitment to social responsibility, gathering those engaged and bright minds that strive to bring about positive change.
Other attractions at this pan-African explosion of live music, theatre, poetry, film, circus acts, dance and visual arts include a Hand Craft Market that offers indigenous goods, a Food Fair that offers world-class cuisine, and a KidZone that offers fun for our bright-eyed children. All profits from the festival go to Young Heroes, a local organization that helps children who have been orphaned by the devastation of HIV/AIDS.
Standard and VIP tickets, full festival passes as well as one-day passes for the MTN BUSHFIRE International Festival of the Arts are available at www.bushfire.co.sz. The website also includes information from Swazi Travel on where to stay during the festival, from backpackers and campsites to chalets, B&Bs and hotels. Bring your fire!
MTN BUSHFIRE thanks the following partners: MTN, House on Fire, Young Heroes, Alliance Française, SNCAC, African Synergy and the Kingdom of Swaziland.
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