Now accepting for applications 2019 Marahaba Music Expo in Burundi

The organisers of the first edition of Marahaba Music Expo are calling on artists to apply for an opportunity to showcase in Bujumbura, Burundi, from 31 May to 1 June.

Marahaba Music Expo is a newly launched international music forum that will take place in a different African city every. It aims to connect professionals working in the music sector from around world.

For the inaugural edition, the organisers have partnered with the Burundian Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture, Visa For Music, the Music In Africa Foundation, Desti Events, Downtown Hotel 1, Afripean and Bayimba Foundation.

The official programme will feature live performances that will be seen by a diverse audience of local and international delegates, including promoters, booking agents, record label executives and festival organisers.

Other activities will also include training workshops, live performances and panel discussions, which will feature topics relating to production, marketing and music copyright.

The application deadline is 24 February (midnight EAT) and successful applicants will be notified by 1 March.


Marahaba Music Expo invites live performing artists and delegates from around the world to apply.

To apply to showcase, artists must:

  • Be over 18 years old.
  • Be able to perform live.

Interested artists should submit the following:

  • A short biography.
  • One video performance.
  • One hi-res promotional photo.
  • Social media links.

Support from Marahaba Music Expo

Musicians based outside Burundi will be expected to provide own funding for transport costs to and from the host city. Marahaba Music Expo will issue invitation letters, which can be used to apply for funding.

Successful applicants will receive the following:

  • A modest remuneration (per diem). 
  • Accommodation and local transport.

International delegates who wish to attend the event will be required to pay a $100 registration fee.

Interested applicants can apply using this application form.

For enquiries and information, email

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