The third annual Zakifo Music Festival, Durban is on this weekend and features one of the most multi-genre global music line-ups ever gathered together in one festival programme boasting 22 of the finest international music-makers from UK, Jamaica, USA, Belgium, France, Ghana, Niger, Congo, Tanzania, Lesotho and South Africa. The festival takes place in Durban’s, Blue Lagoon Beach from 26 – 28 May in South Africa.
The sea breeze and crashing waves will provide the backdrop this year for the astonishing musical line up which includes.
Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley (USA/ JAM) famous reggae artist and youngest son of reggae musician Bob Marley.
Birdy Nam Nam (Fr) Dj Band, electronic music made using turntables as instruments.
Ray Phiri (ZA) South African icon of jazz, fusion and mbaqanga musician
Thandiswa Mazwai (ZA) socially-conscious musician who incorporates mbaganga, reggae, traditional Xhosa rhythms, kwaito, jazz and funk, Formerly of Bongo Maffin
Petite Noir (ZA) singer, songwriter, musician, and record producer
Baloji (Belguim) Rapper, MC and hip hop artist of Congolese origin, Formerly of the group Starflam
Bombino (NE) internationally acclaimed Tuareg guitarist and singer-songwriter from Agadez, Niger
Nova Twins (UK) Urban Punk, gritty, angry and heavy.
Tiggs Da Author (UK) Hip hop, soul, grime and jazz
Gangs of Ballet (ZA) An eclectic mix of alternative, melodic, anthemic, electronic and dance.
The Soil (ZA) South African acapella 3-member group, kasi soul
Sax Machine (USA/FR) Hard-Bop, Afro-Beat, Deep Funk and Hip-Hop Psyche
Kommanda Obbs (Lesotho) artist, activist, lyricist, musician. Pioneer of Hip Hop subgenre called TS’EPE
Jojo Abot (Ghana) Sultry electro soul singer. Electronica, Afrobeat, Jazz, House and reggae.
Lu Dlamini (ZA) Renowned songstress, with a rich musical heritage.
Bongeziwe Mabandla (ZA) SAMA winning Afro-folk musician. Rising star.
Easy Freak (ZA) Beat infused electronic duo incorporating indie, electro, funk & rock
Jobie Clarke (ZA) Classical, jazz, ethno-soul, and a touch of isicathamiya
Zakifo, which was was started by Jerome Galabert, Sipho Sithole and Andy Davis, is a member of Igoda which is a music festival circuit that includes Zakifo Festival, Azgo festival, Bassline Africa Day concert, and Bushfire festival. These festivals happen over a period of three weeks and have created an artist and festival goer touring circuit in the Southern African region.
“Sakifo means what is needed in Creole,”
Tickets are available at computicket:
R550 full weekend – current till 24 April.
R700 full weekend – 25 April – 25 May.
Day passes are on sale and tickets will be on sale at the door.
This festival will take place on Durban’s promenade, with two stages, a cultural area, food carts and stalls, craft beer bars, local traders and interactive installation art exhibits.
A full event breakdown is available HERE