By Audience Mutema
ZIMBABWEAN superstar Oliver Mtukudzi has been added to the international cast for next year’s edition of the MTN Bushfire festival, one of Africa’s biggest musical showcases.
The festival, attended annually by 26,000 music lovers from 60 different countries, will be held in May at the Malkerns Valley of eSwatini (formerly Swaziland).
According to the organisers, Tuku is part if the initial list of artists which includes, MEUTE (Germany), Mandla Mlangeni (South Africa), Maia and the Big Sky (Kenya), EME and Moonchild (Nigeria & South Africa), Dobet Gnahoré (Cote d’Iviore), GranMah (Mozambique), Lindigo (Reunion Island), and Alibombo (Colombia).
“These amazing acts from across the globe reflect the ethos of inclusion, diversity and cultural celebration. The acts will also tour across the southern African region as part of the Igoda Southern African Music Festival Circuit,” the organisers said in a statement.
Winner of the African Responsible Tourism Awards Most Sustainable Event Award in 2017, MTN Bushfire was also hailed in 2016 by CNN as one of the “7 African music festivals you really have to see” and listed by BBC as a “Top African festival”.
The organisers added; “MTN Bushfire is a unique African festival, it’s a living, breathing ecosystem deeply rooted in African soil, yet inclusive and welcoming to guests from all over the world.
“This uniquely African, and yet globally infused festival experience welcomes thousands in an atmosphere of tolerance and passionate commitment to music, the arts and the environment.”