MTN Bush Fire Festival. Picture: Picture: Supplied

An international experience of culture, music and food will see over 30 000 people from around the world descend to Swaziland this weekend.

Today officially marks the first day of the 2018 MTN Bushfire music festival and all roads lead down to the soldout fest in Swaziland - where the crowds get to experience the exciting pan-African collaborations.

MTN Bushfire is a holistic experience made up of a rich texture of arts, cultures, crafts, food markets, and specialised zones that combine to create an explosive three-day event. 

The three-day extravaganza features continents megastars such as Salif Keita, Yemi Alade and Ladysmith Black Mambazo on main-stage of the festival, while also presenting an exciting 3-day KidZone, and a fully interactive Bring Your Fire Zone.

Dubbed as one of the largest world music festivals and recognised 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 festival will be bringing legends on stage and has something for everyone.

No stranger to the MTN Bushfire stage is South African multi-Grammy winning group Ladysmith Black Mambazo, who are expected to bring their unmatched acapella performance to their fans.

Mali musician Keita, also known as “the golden voice of Africa,” and one of the founders of the Afro-pop genre will also be gracing the stages.

It will be a sight as he will join a line up of young and seasoned musicians from various parts of the world.

Festival goers from all parts of the continent and from around the world started trickled in slowly last night, moving into the camping site. But the bigger crowds are expected to come through today, to be serenaded by the music. 

To kick off tonight, Afro-pop group Timbila Muzimba from Mozambique will grace the stage. The day will be filled with a variety of stars, loved and celebrated artists, such as our very own Khuli Chana and Nakhane, Japanese band Oki Dub Ainu Band and many more.

The three stages erected right through the Bushfire vicinity will host artists such as Dub Inc from France, Flavia Coelho (Brazil), Elida Almeida (Cape Verde), Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse (South Africa), Samthing Soweto (South Africa) and Tlale Makhene (Swaziland) and many more.

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