Let’s go!

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Mozam­bique has long been on South Africans’ radar for its out-ofthis-world mu­sic fes­ti­vals.

Among the best of these is the Azgo Fes­ti­val, an in­ter­na­tional arts, film, mu­sic and dance cel­e­bra­tion that spans two days.

The line-up this year is su­perb, with the likes of South Africa’s Za­hara and DJ Ken­zhero; Kenya’s award­win­ning Afro-pop band, Sauti Sol; An­golan poet/mu­si­cian Paulo Flores; Cape Verdean star Lura; Cameroo­nian/New Zealan­der “elec­tric blue witch hop-hop” act Estère; and Cana­dian/So­mali “doom soul” artists Cold Specks. Mozam­bique’s Trib­uto a Alexan­dre Langa fea­tur­ing Yolanda Kokana, Roberto Chit­sondzo, Muzilla and Waz­imba is on the bill, as well as their po­lit­i­cal hip-hop act Aza­gaia, dub/reg­gae stars Gran’mah and R&B/soul act Deltino Guer­reiro.

Azgo is old Ma­puto slang for “let’s go” and drum­mer Paulo Chibanga says he’s keen for South Africans “to make the short trip across the border to taste the flavour of the fes­ti­val” he has been run­ning for the past six years. This looks like an ex­cel­lent ad­ven­ture. Let’s go! – Grethe Koen

The Azgo Fes­ti­val takes place on May 20 and 21 at Ed­uardo Mond­lane

Univer­sity in Ma­puto. Tick­ets range from R250 to R794 and are avail­able from en­tradas.co.mz. Visit az­gofes­ti­val.com for

more in­for­ma­tion


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