Dance, music, and story-telling are among the ancient art forms that have flourished for many centuries in Africa. In the recent years music festivals have become premier cultural and spectacular tourist destinations throughout the continent. In this video we take a look at some of those festivals.

Sauti za Busara

Nicknamed “The friendliest festival on the Planet”, the Sauti za Busara Festival is a four-day event held in February every year in Zanzibar, Tanzania that ranges from Traditional ngoma, taarab, kidumbak, mchiriku, rumba, muziki wa dansi, Swahili hiphop bongo flava, r’n’b, mystic and religious music to theatre, comedy, and dance. Averaging over 20 000 attendees and 400 artists the festival is one of the biggest music festivals in East Africa.

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Cape Town International Jazz Festival

Founded in 2000 the Cape Town International Jazz Festival is the largest Jazz Festival in Africa. with over 40 artists and 5 stages, Jazz lovers from all over the world gather in March for this 2 day event.

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Set in the arid semi desert of Tankwa Karoo,South Africa ,Afrikaburn is a 7 day event with over 11 800 tribe members that gather annually since 2007 that involves themed camps ,mutant vehicles and the setting  ablaze of beautifully crafted art installations .

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With various genres that range from theatre, dance, music, street performances, fashion, spoken word and visual arts the Harare International Festival of the Arts showcases the best of local and international artists since 1999.

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MTN Bushfire Festival

Each May over 25 000 music lovers travel to the majestic Ezuluwini Valley in Swaziland for a 3-day electrifying event that encourages you to “Bring your fire”. 100% of the festivals profits go to orphans a merchandise proceeds to the non-profit rural community development project.

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Gnaoua World Music Festival

With a perfect combination of music and acrobatic dancing this festival held in Essouria, Morocco in June annually since 1998 in a spectacular 4-day event that attracts a massive crowd of over 500 000 arts and culture enthusiasts.

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Established in 1994 this 3-day event that boasts over 160 sets and 7 stages. Oppikoppi is one of South Africa’s most lavish festival that draws in crowds of over 20 000 people that features hip hop, jazz, EDM, metal, soul, kwaito and house music.

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Vic Falls Carnival

All aboard! The Vic Falls Carnival is held at the end of December in Zimbabwe not only does that festival include the top bands, amazing DJs, stilt walkers and fire dancers but the festival also includes train rides to the festival, bungee jumping, helicopter rides and white water rafting.

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Lake of Stars

“The world’s most spectacular music festival” was established in 2003 on the mesmerizing shores of Lake Malawi in Lilongwe with over 4 500 attendees ,80* bands ,3 Stages this 3-day festival also includes writing workshops, film-maker discussions, cultural dancers, Burundian drummers, poetry and so much more For more information, visit:

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