Recently, we were invited to attend a launch event for a musical festival circuit called IGODA, which means “knot” or “bind together” in isiZulu. The circuit features 5 festivals hosted in various parts of Southern Africa, from South Africa to Mozambique and even Reunion Island. The 5 festivals collaborate to bring us impeccable and standardized service, great international artists, a safe-environment and a holistic experience! Even though the different festivals collaborate to share best practice, they all offer something different & distinct and cater to different audiences. The circuit also makes it possible for many travelers to get a taste of more than one festival and country in one trip! So diarise these dates and start thinking about the festivals you’ll be attending next year.
Find out more about Igoda here: www.igoda.org
Take a closer look at each festival:
AZGO Festival Maputo Mozambique 16 – 18 May 2019
Mozambique’s finest international arts festival; bringing together a diverse and quality program of music, film, and dance to the city of Maputo across two days and nights. Azgo is a contemporary celebration of arts and culture, with a strong focus on artists from Mozambique and from around the continent of Africa. The festival serves as a platform for emerging and acclaimed artists to collaborate and meet a new audience. The name “Azgo” is old slang from Maputo to say “let´s go”, let’s revisit our cultures and heritage, “let´s go” promote cultural diversity, “let’s go” promote the arts and culture, Let´s Go! If you haven’t been to Mozambique, this festival is the perfect excuse.
Find out more here: http://azgofestival.com
Bassline Fest Johannesburg South Africa 23 – 25 May 2019
Bassline’s annual Bassline Fest – Celebrating Africa Day, is one of Africa’s biggest celebrations of African contemporary music. The Concert is held annually on the closest Saturday to the official AU Africa Day of celebration on the 25th May. Hosted at Constitution Hill, in the heart of Jozi and the beacon of our much cherished democracy, this concert has developed over the years from the Newtown Precinct to Constitution Hill. Established in 2003, this event is a world class production featuring a star-studded lineup that sees some of the continent’s biggest acts take to the stage, such as Ishmael Lo, D’banj, Salif Keita, Femi Kuti & Oliver Mtukudzi, to name a few, as well as providing a platform for new artists breaking onto the contemporary African music scene.
In addition to live concert the Bassline Fest is filmed for a 3-hour live television show and is broadcast around the continent to millions of music lovers across the globe.
Find out more here: www.new.bassline.co.za
MTN Bushfire Malkerns, Eswatini 24 – 26 May 2019
More than a festival, this living, breathing creative ecosystem deeply rooted in African soil, is best known for its inclusivity, welcoming approximately 26,000 guests from over 60 countries in an atmosphere of tolerance. Its “Bring Your Fire” call to action promotes a passionate commitment to music, the arts and the environment, inviting all fans of music, the arts, cultural exploration and environmental sustainability to become part of the thriving community. We’ve been here three times and it’s definitely worth all the hype. MTN Bushfire really is more than just a festival. You have to experience it for yourself!
Winner: Best Responsible Event – African Responsible Tourism Awards 2017.
Find out more here: www.bush-fire.com
Watch our experience at Bushfire Festival 2018 here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NGcD_0XigBA&index=4&list=PLh_UvrwebepKA3eTH2aYSycg9d_6-qGgl
SAKIFO Music Festival Saint-Pierre Reunion Island 7 – 9 June 2019
Sakifo is the longest-running music event in Reunion’s cultural landscape, eagerly awaited by local festival-goers. An eclectic line-up will gather on southern Saint-Pierre’s shores, including top-notch international acts. Second weekend of June should already be in your schedule! Listen, if you can afford a ticket to Reunion Island, we’d recommend you do so around these dates and be a part of a wonderful festival experience in a beautiful setting!
Find out more here: www.sakifo.com
ZAKIFO Music Festival, Durban South Africa 24 May – 2 June 2019
Zakifo is a showcase of artists at the forefront of sound from across the globe. Now in it’s fifth year, the festival moves across two weeks including multiple venues, events and non-stop music. Running from 24 May to 2 June, the programme will incorporate many local venues and festival sites. The duration of this festival has increased meaning more music and more good vibes. Durban is a beautiful destination so definitely consider purchasing a ticket for this!
Find out more here: www.zakifo.com
The artists who will be performing next year at all festivals were announced at the launch. The shared artists for the 2019 festivals are:
Sands (Swaziland), Meute (Germany), Alibombo (Colombia), Oliver Mtukudzi (Zimbabwe), Mandla Mlangeni (South Africa), Maia & The Big Sky (Kenya), Eme & Moonchild (Nigeria & South Africa), Dobet Gnahore (Cote d’Ivoire), Granmah (Mozambique), Lindigo ( Reunion Island)
We hope that you will be preparing yourself for what is to come and that we can bump into you at any of the above festivals. Leave us your questions you might have below & we will answer them.