Music Tourism

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Music has a powerful effect on the brain, according to listening to or playing music can help your brain stay engaged throughout the aging process. It is also said listening to music can reduce anxiety, blood pressure, pain, as well as, improve sleep quality, mood, mental alertness, and memory.

How many of you are enthusiasts who are driven by or have a huge passion for music? According to StubHub, there were roughly 200,000 people who have traveled the world to attend 30,000 live events last year. This number is probably much higher as this only accounts for StubHub’s sales.

Every year many people descend upon the continent of Africa to enjoy the many music festivals throughout the year. The continent attracts musicians and singers from all over the world to share their craft. This year is filled with plenty of music options around the globe sure to delight everyone. Take a look at a few of the festivals below and the beautiful locations around the continent of Africa.

February 13 – 16:

Sauti za Busara is four-day music festival celebrating African music in Stone town, Zanzibar. The festival features up and coming and established artists from the continent of Africa and the diaspora. Performances over the years have included acts such as Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba (Mali), Nneka (Nigeria), Blitz the Ambassador (Ghana/USA), Cheikh Lô (Senegal), Mlimani Park Orchestra (Tanzania), BCUC (South Africa), Thandiswa (South Africa), Samba Mapangala (DRC), Kasai Allstars (DRC), Ba Cissoko (Guinea) and many more.

March 27 – 28:

Cape Town International Jazz Festival has a star-studded line-up and the fourth largest jazz festival in the world. The free concert at Greenmarket Square is an annual event that starts the festival. Some of the artists include: MF Robots (UK), Gabi Motuba (RSA), Aus Tebza (RSA), Ndlovu Youth Choir (RSA), Lady Zamar (RSA), Femi Koya (Nigeria), Lira (RSA), Mandisi Dyantyis (RSA), Kwetu Trio featuring Aaron Rimbui, Herbie Tsoaeli and Ayanda Sikade (Kenya and RSA), BirdSong Ensemble (RSA / Switzerland / Germany / Swaziland), Reising, Ntuli, Cooper; Baumann (RSA / Switzerland), Elemental (India / RSA), Seba Kaapstad (RSA / Germany), Nduduzo Makhathini (RSA), Samthing Soweto (RSA), Abdullah Ibrahim (RSA), Jonathan Butler with special guest Candy Dulfer (RSA / Netherlands), PJ Morton (USA), Jacob Collier (UK), and many more.

April 10 -13:

Nosy Be Jazz Festival is located on the beautiful island of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean. A unique international jazz and urban mixed music festival, unlike all jazz festivals around the world. Nosybe Jazz Festival is mixing the pleasure of experiencing live music in breath-taking places (out-door and in-door) with the ability to expand people knowledge through various discovery tours of Malagasy (people of Madagascar) diverse cultures and the beauty of Nosybe archipelago nature.

May 27 – June 1:

Saint Louis Jazz Festival located in none other than Saint Louis, Senegal. From dusk, jazz from the open-air concert blends with African rhythms, and drifts off the shores of the tiny island where the festival is held down the normally tranquil banks of the Senegal River.


Gnaoua Festival is an eclectic music, arts and culture festival in the Moroccan port city of Essaouira.

Deeply rooted in North African styles, sounds and traditions, the festival is a vibrant and immersive experience, filling the city’s streets, squares, docks and performance venues with a fantastic extravaganza of sound and color.

The lineup also extends beyond traditional local rhythms to include contemporary funk, blues, jazz and soul both from Africa and from further afield, transforming Essaouira into a musical, artistic and cultural hub over the course of four days.

October 14 – 20:

Celebrate Felabration a week-long funkadelic music festival in Lagos, Nigeria. Felabration is named after Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, a man who created one of Africa’s most popular music genres with his eclectic tastes. The music festival is filled with local and international artists who grace the stage in a variety of genres such as Afrobeat, hip-hop, R&B, Jazz, and many more.

Are there any music concerts and/or festivals you’ve traveled to around the world? If so, share which concert or festival you’ve been to and what your experience has been.

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Roseland Hupp

Roseland Hupp

I am Roseland, and I travel, write, and take plenty of photos of different cities and countries I have travelled to around the world. My blog is for everyone who yearns to travel and learn about the diverse countries of the world. Subscribers to this blog will gain unique insight to travel through hands-on interactions rather than a hands-off perspective of a being a foreigner in a new land. Each post will reflect the truth of the locale it represents without any sugar coating added. You can learn more about me here.

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