2016 MTN Bushfire lineup revealed: AKA, Beatenburg, Mafikizolo, Native Young

The 2016 MTN Bushfire has revealed its lineup for the 10th edition of the three-day music festival. The 2016 MTN Bushfire will take place at House on Fire in the lush farmlands of the Malkerns Valley from May 27 – 29.

Full list of performers (as of March 21, 2016):

  1. 50 shades of Fire: Croc E Moses, Bongiwe Dlamini , Werner Puttingham (Canada, Germany, Swaziland)

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  1. AKA (South Africa)

2 X Best Male at the SAMAS producer and song writer releasing his 3rd studio Album. South Africa’s most awarded Urban Artist and one of Africa’s musical powerhouses, we give you AKA!

  1. BEATENBERG (South Africa)

Handsome, young and intelligent, Matthew Field, Ross Dorkin, and Robin Brink, come through as South Africa’s Beatenberg!

  1. BHOLOJA (Swaziland)

A local favourite, this Swazi Soul singer is loved for his soaring vocals & his strength as a lyricist. Presenting Swaziland’s very own Bholoja!


This Hip-Hop musician, composer and filmmaker was born in Accra, Ghana. Having Performed with The Roots, Sting and Public Enemy, to grace our stage is festival headliner Blitz the Ambassador!

  1. BOMBSHELTER BEAST feat. Pitch Black Afro (South Africa)

This group of renegades is wanted by Interpol’s jazz police for their eclectic genre breaking fusions. Featuring Pitch Black Afro, get ready for the phenomenon that is Bombshelter Beast!

  1. COLD SPECKS (Canada)

In a style describes as “doom-soul” this Canadian artist has worked with the likes of Moby and Joni Mitchell. We give you Cold Specks!

  1. ESTERE (New Zealand)

Hailing from New Zealand, this Electric Blue Witch Hop artist has performed at festivals across the globe and opened for artists including Erykah Badu, Morcheeba. Presenting Estère!

  1. FANAZA (Swaziland)

This local Maskandi musician can be counted amongst the number of Swazi artists who have ensured that the country takes pride in its indigenous talent. With his popular track KaLobamba, Fanaza!

  1. GHORWANE (Mozambique)

This Mozambican marrabenta band founded in 1983, got its name after the lake of the same name in the province of Gaza and is the Shangaan term for “Good Boys”. Their style is a combination of traditional Mozambique music, Afro pop, and fusion. Welcome Ghorwane!


From South Africam, France, and Germany please put your hands together for our international djs Toby 2 Shoes, Julien LeBrun, DJ Dawee, and Felix Laband!

  1. KINGFISHA (Australia)

This 6 piece reggae/dub band from Brisbane, Australia has taken Jamaican rhythms and a love of song craft to the UK Holland and Canada. This year they bring their fire to Malkerns Valley. Let’s welcome Kingfisha!


These Austrian performers wow us with their unique hang drum and clarinet styles. Their crooning sounds will have you grooving in your seat. We give you Living Room with Manu Delago and Pepe Auer

  1. MAFIKIZOLO (South Africa)

One of South Africa’s hottest acts,  whose 2014 comeback made waves across South Africa and beyond with their smash single, Khona. Mafikizolo!

  1. MAYA KAMATY (Reunion Island)

All the way from La Reunion, this artist was the first woman recipient of the Alain Peters Prize at the Indian Ocean Music Awards. Please give a warm MTN Bushfire welcome to Maya Kamaty

  1. NATIVE YOUNG (South Africa / Spain)

Formed in a garage in Gugulethu, these are the new kids on the block are blurring lines and breaking cultural barriers through their own distinct brand of ‘African psychedelic pop’. We give you Native Young!

  1. NOMADIC ORCHESTRA (South Africa)

This five-piece instrumental dance band based in Cape Town creates an infectious kind of high-energy dance music. Influenced by traditional music from Macedonia, Romania and Serbia we give you Nomadic Orchestra!

  1. NOMZAMO DLAMINI (Swaziland)

This artist has been featured on SAMA Award winner DJ Sdunkero’s House album and DJ Steavie Boy’s album. She is also a member of South Africa’s most successful gospel singing group, Joyous Celebration, please welcome Nomzamo Dlamini!

  1. OLIVER MTUKUDZI (Zimbabwe)

Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi is arguably the most powerful creative force to emerge from Zimbabwe in the last three decades. Tuku has built a vast body of work that is politically and socially relevant, yet entertaining and accessible to a worldwide audience.

  1. PABLO NOUVELLE (Germany)

A filmmaker and musician from Switzerland who takes soul “back to the future” with a combination of new sounds and old samples. Presenting Pablo Nouvelle!

  1. SIBUSISO NKAMBULE (Swaziland)

One of Swaziland’s new generation of artists, the sweet sounds of his guitar will have you grooving all night. Put your hands together for Sibusiso Nkambule!


Their music bears elements of contemporary rock and hip hop, with roots in the home-grown songs and dances of the Songhoy people. Taking influence from West African guitar heroes Baba Salah and Ali Farka Touré. We give you Mali’s Songhoy Blues!


Please put your hands together for the amazing local talent. Ziyawa Kazitha, DJ Dope Deep, DJ Lolo, Kunjalo, and Speech Umlangeni!

  1. THE RUDIMENTALS (South Africa)

This 13 piece line-up is South African Ska Legends. With a five piece vocal section, fashion model MCs and an eclectic array of instrumentalists. We welcome The Rudimentals!

  1. VAUDOU GAME (Benin/France)

Among the fruits of the convergence between African and Afro-American musicians, there is one lesser-known genre that hails from the cradle of vaudou culture in Togo, Benin. Let’s welcome this unique sound, Vaudou Game.

  1. Vukazithathe (South Africa)

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  1. Za! (Spain)

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