“With Azgo Festival we aim to bring together various genres, different crowds and different artists, emerging and well-known. This serves as a platform for emerging and acclaimed artists to collaborate and meet a new audience.”
Azgo Festival is a contemporary celebration of arts and culture, with a strong focus on artists from Mozambique and from around the African continent and the globe.
Since 2011, the festival has hosted artists from Cape Verde, Senegal, Burkina Faso, Reunion Island, Madagascar, Angola, South Africa, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Spain, Portugal, France, Switzerland, Austria, Turkey, Japan, Australia, Brazil, and USA.
The Festival is Mozambique’s finest international arts festival; bringing together a diverse array of music, film, and dance to the city of Maputo across two days and nights. Sounds represented at the festival, happening at Eduardo Mondlane University, span across genres such as Afro soul to electro, marrabenta to coupé-décalé, hip-hop to kizomba, R&B to pop to dance to reggae, panza and much more!
This year’s line-up is brimming with a plethora of talent from across the world. Multi-award winning songstress Zahara and legendary DJ Kenzhero will be representing South Africa. From across the continent, there’ll be Kenya’s award winning Afro-Pop band Sauti Sol, Angolan poet/musician Paulo Flores, Cape Verdean star Lura and Swazi soul singer Bholoja. Azgo Festival welcomes diasporic African artists half Cameroonian, half New Zealander “electric blue witch-hop” act Estère and Canadian Somali “doom soul” artists Cold Specks. Switzerland’s Pablo Nouvelle, Maya Kamaty (Reunion Island), Bholoja (Swaziland), Kingfisha (Australia) and ZA! (Spain) round out the international artists.
From Mozambique the festival will feature the Tributo a Alexandre Langa featuring Yolanda Kakana, Roberto Chitsondzo, Muzilla, Wazimba. Mozambique’s prominent political hip-hop act Azagaia, dub/reggae stars Gran’mah and R&B/soul act Deltino Guerreiro lead the next generation of Mozambique music. Timbila Muzimba and Xidimingwana represent the roots of Mozambique music with marrabenta and traditional rhythms. Afro Madjaha and New Joint bring the late night Afro-house vibes. Neyma, Mr Bow, Denny OG and Bander represents Mozambique’s finest pop, coupé-décalé and panza.
Organiser Paulo Chibanga says the name “Azgo” is old slang from Maputo to say “let’s go”, let’s revisit our cultures and heritage, “let’s go” promote cultural diversity, “let’s go…” Chibanga is best known as the drummer in legendary band 340 ml, and is keen for South Africans to say “Let’s go to Azgo” and make the short trip across the border to enjoy the festival he has been running for the past six years.
“Maputo is a fun city, there is plenty of affordable accommodation and of course this year’s lineup is amazing so a great time is guaranteed for Mozambicans and visitors.”
His passion for the arts is evident: “With Azgo Festival we aim to bring together various genres, different crowds and different artists, emerging and well-known. This serves as a platform for emerging and acclaimed artists to collaborate and meet a new audience.”
Azgo Festival is all about showcasing Mozambican cultural heritage and artistic life as well as promoting Mozambique as a premier destination for music lovers, whilst creating a platform for musical exchanges between local and international artists while establishing a network of music events and initiatives in Southern Africa, on the continent and overseas.
“Our festival brand is based around celebrated Mozambican artist Naguib, one of the biggest painters and visual artists in the country. Our imagery used on our posters is paying homage to his famed artworks and opening his works up to a new generation.”
In addition to their diverse music, film and dance program, Azgo will host a dialogue and workshop progran called Azgo Dialogar. The focus is to contribute to artistic and cultural development and aims to provide opportunities for professionalisation in the music industry. Involving local communities and creating jobs is another key goal.
“These workshops are a platform for artistic and cultural development, music exchange between local and international artists, promotion of Mozambican cultural heritage and artistic life, and opportunities for the professionalization of the music industry in Mozambique.”
Azgo Festival has a strong social responsibility mandate. In 2015, our theme was “Southern African Unity: Peace and Harmony”, this year the festival theme is on the crucial issue of climate change. Azgo Festival has partnered with the Mozambican Association for Recycling (AMOR) to reduce its carbon footprint and ensure the best possible waste management practices are implemented. The festival donates 100% of festival profits to community-based organizations in Maputo. Azgo is a family friendly festival with a Kids Zone and a Schools Festival.
Azgo Festival is part of the African Music Festival Network (AMFN) and a founding member of the Southern African Music Festival Circuit (SAMFC), which encompasses Africa Day at Bassline (Johannesburg, South Africa), Bushfire Festival (Swaziland), Sakifo (Reunion Island), HIFA (Zimbabwe) and Zakifo (Durban, South Africa).
Azgo Festival 2016 key information:
Dates: Friday 20th and Saturday 21st May 2016
Times: Friday 5pm-4am, Saturday 10am – 5am
Venue: Eduardo Mondlane University
Address: Zimbabwe Avenue – Maputo, Mozambique
Tickets are available online.
- General Admission weekend pass 1400 MTS (ZAR 410)
- VIP weekend pass (ZAR 794)
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