An exclusive Q&A, and live acoustic performance, at the iconic House On Fire Amphitheatre, in Malkerns, Eswatini, with a limited in-person audience will accompany the screening. Tickets are only available via the MTN Bushfire social media competitions being run.
The MTN Bushfire Collab is a one-of-a-kind musical collaboration that features well-known artists from Eswatini and South Africa, with the aim of inspiring new creative work and supporting dynamic new work during a time of limited arts mobility and connectivity. Two of the top performers in the region have come together to create a unique song and share their creative journey with fans and Fire Starters around the globe.
MTN Bushfire is thrilled to reveal the stars of the Collab:
Zolani Mahola & Sands
The One Who Sings (Zolani Mahola) is most famously known as the former lead singer of the internationally acclaimed Pan-African South African music group Freshlyground and has gone on to create a global reputation as an extraordinary singer, songwriter, actress, and storyteller.
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Sands is one of Eswatini’s best-loved talents. He is a multi-talented guitarist, songwriter, performing artist, and Afro-soul singer who rose to fame in 2015 when he won Best Radio Song of 2015 (for his song Vuma) and Male Artist of the Year at the National Arts and Culture Awards (NACA).
The Collab has been a stunning success, with both artists exuberantly upbeat about the experience to connect musically and creatively face-to-face, something artists have not been able to do for almost two years. The One Who Sings stated “My collaboration with Sands has been full of ease and joy. It’s such a pleasure to connect with a fellow musician who is skilled and capable but beyond that who is eager and open to what the collaborative process can bring. In this case, it brought a bright, bright continental fire and we can’t wait to share it with the world!”
This infectious spirit will be shared with the world with the digital event on 27th August with a free broadcast on the MTN Bushfire website.
The Collab was born out of the desire to inspire game-changing creative narratives that will facilitate the creation of a dynamic body of new creative work, weaving together Africa’s rich & diverse musical genres, reflecting current issues, and involving a diverse range of profile and up-and-coming artists.
The Collab digital event will form part of MTN Bushfire’s 2021 Digital Series, which also features electrifying performances, an artist empowerment workshop on the 18th of September, exclusive content, and up-close access to artists. The Series will conclude with one of the most exciting multicultural Digital Festivals to be seen on the African continent, The MTN Bushfire 2021 Digital Festival on 24th September, featuring customized and upgraded immersive online experiences, enabling fans to safely enjoy and share the magic that is MTN Bushfire.