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Igoda South African Music Festivals Circuit

This cultural 'network' organises the meetings, and discussions with an aim of elaborating East African music within the region and in other regions as well


Devdiscourse News Desk 07 Apr 2018, 01:15 PM
Igoda South African Music Festivals Circuit
  • This cultural 'network' organises the meetings, and discussions with an aim of elaborating East African music within the region and in other regions as well. (image Credit: Facebook)

Igoda ( in isiZulu means “knot”) is a platform which enables cultural exchange between South and East Africa. This network to catalyze the exchange of ethnic art and opportunities began in 2014 and has been doing wonders since then. Igoda celebrates creativity and emphasizes on cultural exchange in terms of music.

The member of Igoda network includes Sakifo (Reunion Island), Zakifo (Durban), Bushfire (Swaziland), Bassline (Johannesburg) - and now Doadoa (Uganda).

This cultural 'network' organises the meetings, and discussions with an aim of elaborating East African music within the region and in other regions as well.

The last edition had close to 1,700 artists, event organizers, festival directors, venue owners, studios and distribution companies not only from Africa but also from Europe and Asia. The event attracted more than 15,000 artists and professionals for flaunting their work and talent.

Another harbinger of culture is Doadoa East African Performing Arts Market which was established in 2012 and got its name from a Swahili word which means 'Spot'. The Doadoa was founded by Bayimba cultural organisation, based in Uganda.

Igoda festival network happens every year during May. It generally has two or three meetings where discussions pertaining to growth and improvement in music legacy of the region are held. The 2017 meeting was held in Botswana.

Igoda is South African Music Festivals Circuit; an innovative and unique concept that brings tighter the best music festivals of South Africa and is known for creating Africa’s first touring circuits on the African continent. The circuit offers the opportunity to both, artists and fans to travel across the African continent to celebrate music, thereby facilitating the regional integration.