Nigerian singer songwriter Aṣa. Picture Sofia Mauro
Nigerian singer songwriter Aṣa. Picture: Sofia Mauro

The fifth Zakifo Music Festival lands on Durban’s shores over two consecutive weekends – from 24 May until 1 June, 2019, with a series of intimate pop-up concerts in venues in and around Durban.

Zakifo 2019 Durban hosts more than 25 acts from 10 countries in a myriad genres and styles.

Artists will participate in a series of concerts, workshops, industry talks and artists collaborations. Take a look.

Zakifo 2019 line up

Friday 24 May

The Winston / Origin (R250 – Howler)

Meute (Germany). The Make Overs, Dobet Gnahoré (Côte d’Ivoire / France), Sands (Swaziland), Puts Marie (Switzerland), Granmah (Mozambique)

Saturday 25 May, The Werehouse (R300 – Howler)

Sho Madjozi, Eme (Nigeria), Moonchild, Dope St Jude, Skye Wanda

Sunday 26 May, The Rainbow Restaurant (R80 – Webtickets)

Lindigo (Reunion), is a band who champions Reunion Island’s musical symbol of Creole culture – Maloya. Plus SA’s Ilima band

Ben Harper appears at Zakifo Festival 2019 in Durban
Ben Harper appears at Zakifo Festival 2019

Friday 31 May, Ascend Rooftop uMhlanga (R450 – Howler)

Mr Eazi, Blinky Bill (Kenya), Kid Fonque, Bheki Nqoko, Tune Recreation Committee, Buhlebendalo, Alibombo (Colombia)

Saturday 1 June,  Durban Botanic Gardens (R500 – Howler)

Zakifo It’s What You Need concert
Ben Harper (US), Asa (Nigeria/France), Lindigo (Reunion), Maia & The Big Sky (Kenya), Beatenberg, Red Robyn

Zakifo sister festival Sakifo

This year Zakifo Festival 2019 will occupy some of Durban’s most happening venues: Durban Botanic Gardens; The Werehouse; the historic Winston Hotel and adjoining Origin Nightclub and Rainbow Restaurant. There’ll be workshops during the week at Curiocity Hotel in the CBD.

Zakifo aspires to strengthen ties between the communities of the Indian Ocean through its sister festival Sakifo in Réunion. Zakifo, founded by Jerome Galabert, Sipho Sithole and Andy Davis, is a member of the Igoda music festival circuit which includes Sakifo Festival in Réunion, Azgo Festival in Mozambique, Bassline Africa Day concert in Johannesburg, and Bushfire Festival in Swaziland. They happen over three weeks in May and June and have created an artist and festivalgoer touring circuit in the Southern African region.

“Sakifo means ‘what is needed’ in Creole,” says Galabert. “With Zakifo 2019 Durban our intention is the same. Through our world-class line-up we strive to inspire and create lasting opportunities for collaboration; cross-cultural exchanges; economic opportunities and skills development.”

Check out Zakifo 2017.

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Zakifo tickets:, except Rainbow tickets R80
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