2019 African Music Festivals


Gaborone International Music and Culture Week

Gaborone International Music and Culture Week or GIMC is a multi-discipline event that celebrates Gaborone City and its residents. GIMC is held annually every week in September. GIMC showcases cultural celebrations, internationally as well as top local artists.

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Democratic Republic of Congo

Amani Festival 

Three days of singing, dancing, celebrating and meeting new people while discovering other cultures! A unique experience alongside traditional dancers and performers from the surrounding regions of Rwanda, Burundi, RDC, etc. This festival features tambourine players from Burundi, acrobats, young entrepreneurs, craftsmen, women from Goma, organizations, and NGOs. Runners will take part in the Sunday Ekiden.

WHEN: February 15 – 17 @ Mwanga College in Goma



AFROCHELLA is a festival is designed to elevate and highlight the thriving millennial talent from and within Africa. The festival introduces an interactive event that encourages collaboration, explains and explores the culture with a pioneering approach.
The day features a festive celebration of our culture in the form of:
  • Art & Fashion Installations
  • Live painting
  • The Best of African Cuisine
  • Live performances
The purposes are to tell the New Africa story from a native’s perspective.
All aspects of the festival from the theme to the production are an ode to the ingenuity and available services in Africa. Our goal is to optimize the experience & engage the millennial attendees with the culture in an authentic yet innovative approach. We look forward to sharing this experience as a footstep into a new tradition bringing people together in Africa for tourism and Pro-African development.

WHEN: December 22, 2019 – January 3, 2020

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Lake of Stars

From jazz to Christian hip hop, Afro-pop to EDM, reggae to percussion, an exciting and eclectic selection of world-class and emerging musical acts graced the festival’s three performance areas.  Over 60 artists spanning 12 nationalities took to the stages, with homegrown local talent playing alongside established international names including global electronic giants Major Lazer and Kenyan superstars Sauti Sol.  Alongside the music were interactive talks, poetry, traditional dance, fashion, theatre, and art. Morning yoga and dance sessions were on hand for early-risers whilst beach-stage sponsor TNM offered games of bawo, volleyball and tug of war, and Skate Malawi set up the country’s first-ever roller skating rink in an empty swimming pool!

WHEN: September 27 – 29

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Felabration is our annual festival of music and arts commemorating the life and times of Nigeria’s foremost musical icon, the late great Fela Anikulakpo Kuti. As a music brand, it is revered and highly influential. The idea and concept of Felabration as an annual celebration of Fela’s music, life and times, originated from his eldest child Yeni who conceived it in 1998. 

With the exception of 1999, Felabration has taken place annually. Currently Felabration – organized by the Felabration Organising Committee – has grown into a mega week-long musical event in Nigeria which attracts thousands of visitors annually to the New Africa Shrine from all over the world. Felabration is an official tourist destination of The Lagos State Government who are major sponsors of the event.

WHEN: September 27 – 29

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Lagos International Jazz Festival

Lagos Jazz festival is a significant festival that attracts Jazz artists from all over the globe and offers the local Jazz players with an opportunity to learn more and improve on their profession.

The festival will feature also concerts, lectures, workshops, educational materials, and exhibitions which will aid in the promotion of Jazz music as a historical and a contemporary art form.

WHEN: April 27th – 30th, 2019

Gidi Culture Fest

The Gidi Culture Festival is a music and arts festival that takes place in Lagos, Nigeria. It was created in response to a demand from the local youth culture for live, affordable, and accessible entertainment in Africa.

The Gidi Culture Festival provides a venue for live bands, DJs, and musical acts to perform. It also features outdoor activities, local vendors, and artisans. The main show features a line-up of African acts from countries including Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa, Congo, Kenya, and the United Kingdom. The goal of the festival is to encourage the development of African talent and promote artists both within the continent and into overseas markets.

WHEN: April 20, 2019

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South Africa


Afro: as in, born of African spirit and heritage; see also black (not always), see also rhythm and color, see also other, see also underdog.

Punk: as in, rebel, opposing the simple route, imbued with a DIY ethic, looking forward with simplicity, rawness and open curiosity; see also other, see also underdog.

AFROPUNK is defining culture by the collective creative actions of the individual and the group. It is a safe place, a blank space to freak out in, to construct a new reality, to live your life as you see fit, while making sense of the world around you.

WHEN: December 30 – 31

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Cape Town Electronic Music Festival

Established in 2012, the Cape Town Electronic Music Festival has gained international recognition for being one of the most relevant, forward-thinking and inclusive events on Africa’s festival calendar. 2019 sees CTEMF return to the heart of the city for the electronic music institution’s 8th edition.

WHEN: February 9

Cape Town International Jazz Festival

Affectionately referred to as “Africa’s Grandest Gathering”, the Cape Town International Jazz Festival (CTIJF) is the largest music event in sub-Saharan Africa. The festival is famous for its star-studded line up of local and international artists and is currently preparing for its 20th anniversary celebration.

The festival annually boasts 5 stages with more than 40 artists performing over 2 nights. The festival hosts in excess of 37, 000 music lovers over the 2 show days.

When: March 29 – 30



MTN Bushfire is more than a festival, it’s a living, breathing ecosystem deeply rooted in African soil, yet inclusive and welcoming to guests from all over the world. This uniquely African, and yet globally infused festival experience welcomes thousands in an atmosphere of tolerance and passionate commitment to music, the arts and the environment. Every year, over 26,000 attendees hailing from 60 different countries make the journey from near and far to the peaceful Malkerns Valley of eSwatini for an energizing and uplifting weekend that celebrates the music and arts of Africa and beyond.

When: May 24th – 26th


Sauti za Busara

Sauti za Busara brings people together to celebrate African music under African skies. The 16th edition will take place in Stone Town, Zanzibar from 7th – 10th February 2019. Highlights include:

  • 400+ musicians: 44 shows over 4 days and nights
  • Carnival Parade: Zanzibar Town and outlying districts buzz with festival fever!
  • Swahili Encounters: Local and visiting musicians exchange and collaborate
  • Movers & Shakers: Networking for music industry professionals
  • Busara Xtra: Fringe events, as organised by the local community
  • After – party: Chaza night club (official After-Party)

WHEN: February 7 – 10


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