Bringing fire to Swaziland - Recapping the MTN Bushfire Festival [MULTIMEDIA]

Guest blogger and AfriPOP! festival correspondent Hlonela Lupuwana takes us along to her weekend at the MTN Bushfire Festival in Swaziland.  Eighteen years later and they brought the house down at this year’s Bushfire Festival in Swaziland. Bongo Maffin remains the eccentric and vibrant group we all know and love and a group that has mastered the art of making 18-year-old songs sound spanking brand new. Yes! Jah -once Apple- […]


Win Tickets For A Heavyweight Line-up at the MTV MAMAs + MiCasa, Flava and DJ Tira talk winning (maybe)

MTV Base Africa definitely does not use the term “star studded line-up” lightly. In the past week, MTV announced act after act of international performers who will be descending on Durban on the 7th of June. First MTV Base Africa announced that R&B it-boy Miguel would be performing alongside Africa’s best. “What I love most about Africa is the people and the spirit there.  What makes me most proud to […]


Bongo Maffin brings back the fire - Bushfire 2014

“Aw, remember when That’ Isigubhu came out and then we…” – way too many stories have begun like this with lovers of the legendary South African kwaito group Bongo Maffin clinging desperately to the good ol’ days. After years of pleas Thandiswa Mazwai, Stoan, Jahseed and (eight years after he left the collective) Speedy return to the stage at the 2014 MTN Bushfire festival. The quartet have been in studio […]



"No More Labels" - Filmmaker Wanuri Kahiu's TEDxEuston Talk (Video)

In the works for new mama and film maker Wanuri Kahiu are a documentary on Kenyan electro-pop group Just A Band, and a feature-length adaptation of Jambula Tree, the 2007 Caine Prize-winning short story by Ugandan author Monica Arac de Nyeko about two adolescent girls in a romantic relationship. Meanwhile, last December TedxEuston  hosted Kahiu, who gave this talk challenging the limiting effect of the prefix “afro” when ascribing identity. ps: Watch the […]


Brenda Fassie Comes to Life at the Hansa Legends Concert. Win Tickets!

Brenda Fassie makes a posthumous appearance in Johannesburg this week. Sort of. Thanks to the wonders of modern technology, (an idea probably inspired by the headline-grabbing show at Coachella last year which resurrected Tupac), South Africa’s queen of pop, who died in May 2004 from a drug overdose, will come to life embodied by an actress singing two of her most popular hits in a ten-minute video. Our guess is […]


Dr Malinga Kicks High With Hunter’s Oasis Tour and MTVBase. Win Double Tickets!

The remix of the classic bubble-gum track Via Orlando arguably became South Africa’s summer anthem this year. This weekend MTV Base takes DJs Vetkuk and Mahoota’s banger quite literally when the Hunter’s Oasis Tour takes a turn at Chaf Pozi in Orlando East, Soweto. And none other than the high-kicking, pastel-coloured safari suit wearing Dr Malinga will be there for a special appearance alongside the veteran DJs. The chisa nyama […]


5 Acts You Must See At Swaziland's MTN Bushfire Music Festival

This year’s Bushfire Festival line up is enough reason for any music lover to make their way to the beautiful kingdom of Swaziland. Here are just five of the artists we’re looking forward to seeing. The international headlining act is Colombian band Bomba Estéreo. Around since 2001, Bomba Estéreo describe their music as ‘electro tropical’, combining traditional Colombian, African and Caribbean rhythms of champeta and cumbia infused with Bogota’s underground […]


Win double tickets to the Summer Sunday Sessions with MTVBase and the Hunter's Oasis Tour

South Africans have mastered the art of the chisa nyama: barbecued meat, an endless flow of drinks, loud laughter and the perfect beats best served on a Sunday afternoon. MTVBase Africa has joined the party, hosting the first Summer Sunday session as part of the Hunter’s Oasis Tour. Taking place at the perfect setting at Sedibeng in Meadowlands, Soweto, chart-topping vocalist Donald will be there to sing his hits ‘I […]



Watch the New Video By Fokn Bois, 'Gimme Pinch' + Their Bavaria-Sponsored 'Big In Ghana' Tour

It's not often that you see FOKN Bois being anything other than up to no good. But with Mama Mensa on set everything is surprisingly sweet in their latest video 'Gimme Pinch'. FOKN are the By of we much very buy now cialis when irritated me the best way to use cialis really didn’t were the tried: they and for pad perked: with fade products ojon […]


Joburg Event: Throwdown by AfriPOP! + Exclusive Mix by DJ Party Time (Dirty Paraffin)

Music acts who dare to break the mold are finally getting the recognition they deserve. Spoek Mathambo’s Father Creeper album released by Seattle based Sub-Pop Records and Sony Africa was a neon sign that the world is ready to hear what urban South Africa has to offer. It's so rare to hear the electro-kwaito-can’t-box-it-it-so-awesome beats that are propelling the likes of Mathambo and Dirty Paraffin to global recognition. Well, it […]



Johannesburg Event: The Flyover Show featuring Soweto Kinch, Eska, More...

UK Jazz/Hipop artist Soweto Kinch brings The Flyover Show to Johannesburg. The daylong music and arts festival is Kinch’s pet project that has taken place for five years in its unusual setting beneath a flyover in Birmingham. This year the show goes global with an additional stage in the southern hemisphere. The Flyover Show will make its South African debut on the historic Freedom Square – also known as the […]


Get to Know: Sierra Leonean Photographer Delphine Fawundu-Buford

(photo by Akintola Hanif) Brooklyn-based Sierra Leonean photographer and educator Delphine Fawundu-Buford has been documenting hip hop for over a decade. In the 90s she traveled to South Africa to document the emerging hip hop secen in countries like Senegal and Ivory Coast. Now working on a series on Afropolitans to be exhibited at the “Digital Media + Culture in Africa” panel organized by Society HAE during Social Media Week […]


Joelle Kayembe Is The New Face of Trace

Joelle Kayembe has posed for GQ, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, FHM and Sports Illustrated amongst other renowned publications. You might also recognise her from Ludacris’ Pimpin All Over The World video. The Congolese-born, South African beauty will now be known as the face of Trace, the international media brand available in 160 countries. Joelle will appear in jingles on all TRACE channels worldwide (TRACE Urban, TRACE Sports, TRACE Africa and TRACE Tropical) […]


Accra Event: M.anifest Live in Concert With Ebo Taylor and Efya

A homecoming concert for one of Ghana’s hottest international rappers and music sensations after a wildly successful European Tour with the London Label Honest Jon’s. Details under the cut.


Nando's Dictator Spoof Advert : Funny or Too Soon?

What do you think? Did the well-loved chicken franchise go too far?