Bohemians have you heard yet about Zakifo?
I am guessing now that reggae royalty Junior Gong aka Damien Marley is headlining this year’s festival we are a bit in the know. If you are a self proclaimed Afro Bohemian and you are asking who Damian Marley is, “you are dead and you deserve your demise” kidding, no seriously.
Just in case you might be wondering what I am on about: We have always been seekers of adventure, travel, community and all the things that move us, that make us feel alive. Music has always been able to make us feel, travel even more; the two make for a very beautiful combination, no wonder The Afrikan Bohemians have always been faithful festival chasers.
There is no such thing as traveling just for the sake of travel. We mostly travel when we feel like we want to die, when ordinary life start to lose its taste and we crave the vastness of consciousness. Why settle for the mundane when we can be so much more. We travel for the same reason we dance or listen to music; we want transcendence, we want connected-ness, to feel life at a much deeper level.
Then we heard a little birdy say that this new (well relatively new) festival in Durban had all the right ingredients for seekers like us, for people who want to “drink life to the lees.”
Zakifo is an idea born in the reunion islands where it is still a popular festival known as Sakifo a creole word for “what is needed” and Zakifo is exactly what is needed in the Southern African destination festival scene. Durban is the perfect setting for an eclectic mix of reggae, mbaganga, fusion jazz, alternative rock, funk, Hip Hop and world music; what with the music, the sand, the sun, the breeze, the ocean and all those good coastal town vibes. The festival was started by Jerome Galabert, Sipho Sithole and Andy Davis and is a member of Igoda which is a music festival circuit that includes Sakifo 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.
The third annual Zakifo Music Festival will take place on the 26th to the 28th May at Blue lagoon Beach in Durban. Zakifo 2017 will boasts over 20 of the finest international music-makers from UK, Jamaica, USA, Belgium, France, Niger, Congo, Tanzania and South Africa, with huge stages, a cultural area, food carts and stalls, craft beer bars, local traders and interactive installation art exhibits.
We love the fact that the line up is diverse and different featuring the well known, the new sounds, Afro Futuristic, Afro Indie to the down right experimental. For the full line up and more info on the event please visit the Zakifo website here.
Tickets are available at : www.computicket.com / 0861 915 8000
Catch the festival on the wired:
Calling all Bohemians, lets meet at Zakifo. If you are unable to make it we will be bringing you play by play of all the festival’s deliciousness.
Uhuru, Love and Light,