MTN Bushfire Firefly Competition Now Open in South Africa!

MTN Bushfire Firefly 202 MTN Bushfire Firefly Competition Goes Regional!

MTN Bushfire is pleased to announce the return of the MTN Bushfire Firefly Music Contest with an exciting new development! The 2023 edition is now also open to young and emerging South African artists, expanding the 6-year series into new territories. This year, the youthful music launch pad opens its doors to both Estonian and South African artists, creating far-reaching opportunities and wider reach for artists looking to explore their musical careers. 


Applications for the 2023 edition of MTN Bushfire Firefly are now open! Young, upcoming artists from Eswatini and South Africa are encouraged to apply on the MTN Bushfire website: The series seeks to uncover artists hidden under the radar, and the top 3 winners will step in at the globally acclaimed MTN Bushfire Festival in Eswatini, taking place May 26-28, 2023. Launched in 2017, MTN Bushfire Firefly remains one of Eswatini’s most exciting projects, providing new #YoungGiftedFree talent with a platform to share their music with a wider audience. With the new inclusion of South Africa, the project will expand artists’ recognition and audiences as their music is shared on the MTN AYOBA platform, an innovative African music and chat platform accessible across the continent. 


The MTN Bushfire Firefly 2023 Edition This year’s MTN Bushfire Firefly Edition remains similar to previous seasons’ formats, i.e. H. Top 20, Top 10, Firefly Grand Finale Top 3, MTN Bushfire Performance. Fans are encouraged to support and vote for their favourite top 20 artists to see them through. Voting will be conducted via the MTN Bushfire Firefly channel on the AYOBA App, which can be downloaded from or any online download store. Personalised MTN Pulse data packs will be available for purchase throughout the series.


Visit the MTN Bushfire website for more information. 


Applications are open to artists aged 18-35 Artists must have at least two recorded songs under consideration Applicants must be residents of Eswatini or South Africa Applicants should preferably have performing experience Applications are not open to DJs Apply at /firefly/Applicants must submit 2 tracks for considerationApplicants must submit their EPK/Bio in i)PDF or ii)WeblinkHow it works6 March 26: Applications open to Estonian and South African artists3 April 14, 2023: Top 20 announcement and voting starts on AYOBA17 April 26, 2023: Top 10 announcement and voting continues on AYOBA April 28, 2023

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