In its second year, locals and travellers alike navigated the sandy 4x4 road outside of Maun, Botswana to descend on a rugged island for the Okavango Delta Music Festival. Although the flood plain around the tree-lined ancient island is no longer brimming with water due to this year’s drought up there, the surroundings were just as wild with a warning to watch for elephants on the way in and an opportunity to see hippos, giraffes and other bush animals if you joined a helicopter ride at the fest. As temperatures reached 38C degrees in mid-afternoon, the Drifter bar provided "cold beer with hot banter" the entire weekend.
With one main stage providing the tunes over the weekend, the roughly 500 attendees clomped their dusty boots to everything from gentle marimba melodies in the morning to soulful spins in the afternoon and hot house beats in the evening. The crowd favourites included South African artist Bongeziwe Mabandla who mesmerised everyone with a teaser from his new album, Zange (launching soon), along with SA band, Watershed, whose well-known acoustic rock songs had everyone singing loud and proud. Friends from the east in Zimbabwe, Djembe Monks, So Kindly and Flying Bantu all had the entire island bouncing and local Botswanian artists, Sereetsi & The Natives and Mpho Sebina kept everyone wanting more. To top off the multicultural mix of music styles were DJs: Miss Creamer, Tommy Gun, Bruno Morphet, Jews for Techno and more. See the full lineup from the 2019 Okavango Delta Music Festival.