The third installment of Zakifo, the urban music festival, is set to rock Durban from the 26th to the 28th of May at Blue Lagoon beach. This year’s festival is looking like one of the most diverse, with 22 acts from a host of countries including the UK, Jamaica, USA, Belgium, France, Ghana, Niger, Congo, Tanzania, Lesotho and South Africa.
Zakifo forms part of a festival circuit called Igoda, which includes Sakifo Festival, Azgo Festival, Bassline Africa Day concert, and Bushfire Festival. The aim of this circuit is to create a culture of exchange amongst the countries hosting the festivals, and to give a diverse range of acts the chance to showcase themselves to a multitude of audiences.
This year there is a definite focus on legacy artists from across the diaspora. Most notably on the exciting line-up are names like reggae’s prodigal son Damian Marley, Stimela-founder Ray Phiri, and Xhosa afro-jazz royalty Thandiswa Mazwai. Each of these artists has attained legendary status in their own right and in their own niche, and it’s sure to be a treat having all three grace the stage at this year’s festival.
Accompanying the legends on the bill this year are younger, established acts such as SA songwriter and record-producer Petite Noir, Congolese-Belgian hip-hop artist Baloji, SA alternative electrophiles Gangs of Ballet and SA electro-funk duo Easy Freak, who all cut an eclectic cross-section through various realms on the Southern African and broader African musical spectrum.
Staying true to their mission of showcasing a diverse range of international acts, the line-up is full of unique and experimental acts from across the globe, including French “DJ Band” Birdy Nam Nam, UK “urban punk band” Nova Twins, and South African 3-piece acapella group The Soil.
Ghanaian electro-soul darling Jojo Abot will also be part of the exciting line-up. Check out her unplugged performance of her sultry track ‘Pi Lo Lo’ below:
Be sure to get your Zakifo tickets early at Computicket, which you can access here.