Mozambique Events: Join the festa
There’s Marrabenta music on every street… The smell if barbecued Piri-Piri Chicken around every corner and an energy that you will want to share in. Music, art, dance and culture are celebrated throughout Mozambique, so you’ll certainly be spoilt for choice. Here are some of our top Mozambique events to help you plan your visit…
When: 20th & 21st May 2016
Azgo is Mozambique’s premier international music and arts event and takes place on the 20th and 21st 2016. The festival has grown tremendously in the last five years with artists from Africa, Europe and the USA taking the stage. This outdoor event is known for promoting diverse and quality music, film, and dance. With a name like ‘Azgo’ meaning “Let’s Go” in Maputo slang, there’s no surprise as to why locals and foreigners flock to this event. While the lineup and venue for 2016 is yet to be confirmed, one thing is for certain – it will certainly ne an event all music lovers can enjoy. Check the Azgo website for latest festival updates.
Where: Ponta Malongane
When: 26th – 29th May 2016
The Subterranean Rhythm & Blues (“STRAB”) experience started 12 years ago when a few friends from Pretoria decided to turn their scuba diving weekends in Ponta Malongane, south of Mozambique, into more than just diving. Since then, STRAB has grown into one of the most sought-after music experiences in Mozambique with events selling out fast and the beach being packed to capacity. Tickets and camp sites for this entertaining event are sold online and because it takes place in an informal setting, artists and festival goers can mingle easily. The vibe, personal nature, music and pure bliss of being on the beach for 3 days straight makes this an event where rhythms flow and the blues are at bay. Artists are yet to be confirmed. Online bookings will open at noon on 4th May 2016.
CHOPI Music Festival
When: July 2016
Visitors wanting to experience more of traditional Mozambican music should consider the CHOPI music festival. Each year, the communities in the southern part of Inhambane Province get together to play traditional timbilas (a type of xylophone), animal horns, panpipes, rattles and drums. This event not only promises a spectacular show but is dedicated to preserving the natural musical history of Mozambique, so much so that the event is recognised by UNESCO. Tickets prices, dates and acts are yet to be confirmed.
Where: Ponta Malongane
When: 13th – 16th October 2016
Now in its 8th year, the Fellowship of Rock and Roll (FORR) has had South Africans and Mozambicans flocking to the shores of Ponta Malongane for a rock experience like no other. With some of the best music acts from both countries performing, a great time is guaranteed. What makes this event different from the rest is that ticket prices include transport from the Kosi Bay border. If you’re feeling more adventurous then rally up your friends and make more memories on the 7hr drive from Johannesburg to Mozambique. For event updates follow the FORR website and Facebook page.
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