A few weeks ago we did a post of on festival fashion. Launching off of that we are now reporting on an actual festival that happened this past weekend on the African continent. The 8th Annual Bushfire Festival was definitely an event not to be missed in the kingdom of Swaziland. A massive crowd of over 25 000 people attended this year cementing it as one of the best festivals to attend. MTV and other avenues have also given it recognition. It certainly brought the fire this year.
There are so many things to do and see from the live performances on different stages, workshops, stalls and art exhibition. As a Media Room volunteer, I got to see the 3 day event from start to finish which was incredible. Bringing people together from all over the world, the fashion was as diverse as the people. It did not feel like Autumn/Winter during the day at all. It was more like a typical Summer's festival. Here are some of the sights seen in the beautiful Malkerns valley during Bushfire.
Swazi Afro-soul artist Floewe was there looking regal in a red and gold ensemble. Her set was brilliant and she will be representing Swaziland performing at the World Cup in Brazil happening very soon. We salute her!
Bongo Maffin was one of the biggest highlights of the whole festival performing on Saturday night. They were incredible. Their press conference after the performance was quite an intimate affair and they were quite candid and witty. Their shades made a fashion statement and in particular Thandiswa's. She was asked about the number of pairs she has and she replied that she had 5 kick-ass pairs. Quality over quantity is the name of the game.
There are numerous stalls at the Market Place with great products. One of these was the Zubani stall which carried impressive African inspired merchandise of interest. They are the epitome of Africanista wear. Their blazers and maxi skirts were eye-catching and fresh.
We spotted some festival fashion that definitely made one feel like they were in the midst of summer. These three girls were Coachella ready in their relaxed but stylish white outfits with some retro shades to finish.
This girl also had the summery look down with her sunglasses, floppy hat, flowy mini dress and comfy keds.
Ay ay captain! This woman from Botswana decide to bring a naval touch to her Bushfire outfit. She was a beautiful soul to interact with and her light shone from within.
A huge trend that was really encouraging to see was that of embracing African inspired garments. There were a number of men wearing dashikis and women in African print summer dresses. I managed to capture two couples who brought this Afrocentric style to life.
I also spotted Nozipho Sasha Groening of FACE Modelling & Casting Agency, who was well prepared for the event day to night on Saturday. She added a leather jacket to her gorgeous fringed dress as the night approached. Her neckpiece was also a must have and added a great touch to the look.
And finally, this was my outfit for Saturday night. Warm and comfy but light enough to dance in. A leather jacket, colourful infinity scarf, white three quarter sleeved top, a black slitted maxi skirt with stockings and some flat boots.
And that is the end of a taste of the spectacular Bushfire festival. May next year be bigger and bolder. We hope you all bring your fire to this unmissable event. I recommend it!