Music is lived in a very particular way in Africa; it is a real experience to let oneself be carried away by the rhythm that runs through this continent. And sometimes it’s the best way to put a country on the map. This is the opinion of many of the organizers of the festivals that are spread throughout the African continent. Malawi, Mali, Cape Verde, and Madagascar are some examples of how these territories open their doors to visitors thanks to music. Festivals where the arts and the local culture are intertwined for the enjoyment of the traveler.
Lake of Stars
After 15 years, something new is coming to the lake. Lake of Stars Festival returns this year in an exciting new format: Lake of Stars Discovery. The three-day celebration will take place in a beautiful, remote setting where a castle stands on the curve of the lake – Kachere Kastle.
Located in the Nkhata Bay district, northern Malawi, Kachere Kastle is a stunning lodge built in the style of a Moroccan castle, set on rolling white sands by the crystal-clear waters of Lake Malawi.
Lake of Stars Discovery: 27 – 29 September 2019
Santi Za Busara
Santi Za Busara is held in Zanzibar and is the place where hundreds of musicians shake hands within the city of Piedra, the island’s historic center and World Heritage Site. Seminars, films, excursions and even a local market complete the list of activities that enliven the stay until the moment when the music takes over.
Sauti za Busara brings people together to celebrate African music under African skies. The 17th edition will take place in Stone Town, Zanzibar from 13th – 16th February 2020.
STRAB (The Subterranan Rhythm & Blues)
In May, Ponta Malongane, near the border between Mozambique and South Africa, welcomes visitors who love the sea and good music. For years, a group of divers has been organizing concerts to brighten up their weekends in Malongane Park. This is how STRAB (The Subterranan Rhythm & Blues) came into being, where music is accompanied by fun, scuba diving, and tiger prawns. Groups like Jack Hammer, providential for the creation of the festival, Southern Gypsy Queen, Scicoustic and Albert Frost have passed through its stage.
In 2019, the 15th STRAB festival will commence on a Wednesday 22 May with a beach party against the backdrop of the turquoise sea. Building on this the official festival starts on Thursday 23 May, with a line-up of bands worthy to perform in the true spirit of STRAB!!
Jazz Festivals in Africa
Jazz is the protagonist of many of the festivals that take place in Africa. Cape Town is once again in the musical spotlight thanks to its jazz festival, one of the continent’s greatest references. The Cape Town Jazz Festival is the annual culmination of a city that breathes jazz every day and has numerous clubs throughout the city.
Praia, the capital of Cape Verde, has presented the Kriol Jazz Festival every April since 2009. Its peculiarity is to bet on Creole jazz, born from the combination of different Creole languages, which leads Cape Verdean, oceanic, Caribbean and African musicians to fuse ideas together with Western musicians. Also in April, in the historic Carthage (Tunisia), the Jazz à Carthage festival is held, harmonizing different variants such as electro-jazz or oriental jazz to offer “a multiple and unique jazz at the same time”.
Another not to be missed is Madajazzcar. Since 1992, every October the island of Madagascar has been meeting musicians from all continents. One more excuse to explore the vast flora and fauna of an island that catches with its landscapes.