The InterRegional Festival is southern Africaʼs premier music competition for young artists of
all styles, not only is it a music festival but it is the chance for these musicians to change their
lives and that of their communities forever!
For the participating musicians, the competition represents the culmination of a long journey.
Selected from Local and National Festivals, the two best musicians from each country arrive
at the IRF having been tested, trained and transformed into national representatives. The
festival represents the culmination of an entire yearʼs activities throughout the Music
Crossroads program, which includes 34 Provincial festivals, 5 National Festivals and daily
musical trainings and events at the Music Crossroads centres.
Each IRF encompasses high level musical workshops as well as several opportunities for
young artists to explore the role of music in shaping their societies and addressing some of
the most serious issues affecting their lives as young Africans.
The Music Crossroads IRF 2009 is the 12th festival of its kind but the first ever to be held on
Zambian soil! Music Crossroads Zambia promises to make this an unforgettable experience
for musicians and festival goers alike!
This year's festival will focus on the professionalism in the music field that will include vocal
training for singers and improvisation, promotion and management and music rights
workshops with local, European and African workshop leaders. In true festival style, all
activities for musicians will be supplemented with Relationship Workshops on HIV/ Aids and
The "Music Rights Booklet" for young musicians in the MC countries supported by UNESCO,
will be launched on the spot.
The IRF will kick-off with the Zambian National Festival Finals on the 6th and 7th, building up
to the InterRegional Final on the 8th and cooling of with a fringe festival on the 9 th after an
excursion to one of the 7 Wonders of the World, the spectacular Victoria Falls!
Other bands include past Prizewinners from Zambia "Liverpool Youngstersʼ and Sungo
Umukoshi. International participants - the Last Yearʼs 1st Prize, Mokoomba from Zimbabwe,
JM Sweden's Musik Direkt competition selected group ʻOld Schoolʼ, ʻGoitseʼ, a traditional
band from Ireland and the selected band of the competition "New Music Ghana ʼ - will have
performances during the IRF and promise to please!