The Red Bulletin recently set off to attend the Bushfire Festival in Swaziland. There we found a wonderfully diverse group of open-minded people sampling tunes from all over the African continent dancing the nights away
It’s the type of adventurous sojourn which awakens the desire to see even more of the eclectic cultural festivals the African continent has to offer. If you’re one of those adventurous types keen for a party off of the beaten track you might just find an idea for your next musical adventure amongst this lot…
Festival au Désert, Near Timbuktu, Mali
Held on sand dunes near Timbuktu in Mali, the festival welcomes acts like African superstars Tinariwen and Bassekou Kouyate and in 2012 Bono even made an appearance.
You can expect camels and, judging by this video, the odd American:
Vic Falls Carnival, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
The 3-day festival which culminates in a massive New Year’s eve party is another Zimbabwean jol, which makes the grade. Artists come from all over the region to play a festival where revelers can bungee jump and ride the wild rapids.
Lake Of Stars, Lake Malawi, Malawi
An incredibly mellow festival that plays out on the banks of Lake Malawi. Time Out magazine has called it “Quite possibly the most beautiful” festival in the world. That’s quite the endorsement. The tunes, as so often with African festivals is eclectic, the people are colourful and everyone’s carrying a smile.
HIFA, Harare, Zimbabwe
South Africa’s northern neighbour has been through the political ringer of late. But in spite of their most desperate plight Hifa continues to bring Zimbabweans together, recently even unifying them in protest.
Future Fest, Accra, Ghana
Last year saw the second installment of Ghana’s biggest electronic music festival, previously known as the Accra Electronic Music Festival. Organisers are hoping to grow it into one of the largest on the continent. The amazingly colourful Accra has played host to DJing talent from all over the world.
Rocking the Daisies, Darling, South Africa
A festival that hails the coming of summer in the Cape, Daisies has played host to SA, and Africa’s finest and international acts including Skunk Anansie, The Hives, The Kooks and MGMT. Beautiful, flowery and awesome!