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