Africa is known as a cultural melting pot, so it’s no wonder its music is world renowned. Iconic artists call the continent home, and so do some of the best music festival, drawing music enthusiasts from afar each year. Here are some of the top five music festivals in Southern Africa.
Cape Town Jazz Festival, South Africa
In need of little introduction, the Cape Town Jazz Festival has throughout the years grown to become a the mecca of jazz festivals on the continent. Dubbed “Africa’s Grandest Gathering,” the festival which takes place in the Mother City boasts a formidable line up of musicians from across the globe each year. Whats more is that is offers stages that cater to other genres over and above jazz, making it a music lover’s oasis. The festival will take place on 31 March to 1 April 2017.
MTN Bushfire Festival, Swaziland
The meeting ground of some of Africa’s best musical acts and a impressive art showcase, the MTN Bushfire Festival has earned the title of “Africa’s Top Festival” by the BBC. Taking place in Swaziland each year and drawing a crowd of around 25 000 music and art lovers, the three-day festival is not only a celebration, but promotes social responsibility supporting various projects. Expect an array of arts, culture, crafts, food and the best of music from the continent. The festival will take place on 26 to 28 May 2017.
Lake of Stars Music Festival, Malawi
This annual three-day festival takes place in Malawi in one of the most picturesque locations in the town of Chintheche along the banks of Lake Malawi. Lake of Stars Music Festival is culmination of top African and European musical giants from various genres. The proceeds of the festival go toward charity. The festival will return in 2018 for its epic fifteenth anniversary.
Oppikoppi, South Africa
One of the biggest rock and alternative music festivals on the continent, Oppikoppi has had a impressive run since its inception in 1994. The festival has grown from a bar joint to a massive 7-fixed stage festival that hosts around 20 000 fans. Set up tent and experience a weekend of musical genius from local indie bands and the best chart toppers. The festival will take place from 4 to 6 August, 2017.
Afrikaburn, South Africa
Nestled in the heart of the Tankwa Karoo is the epic sensory experience that is Afrikaburn. What may be most notable about the festival is that no venders and branding are seen on sight, except for the selling of ice; just art, theme camps, music and performances over the course of the week. The festival will take place from 24 to 30 April, 2017. If you can make it to the main festival, there are other events hosted by the Afrikaburn community throughout the year such as Decompression and Streetopia.