Marley adds his voice to cross cultural concert

Damian Robert Nesta Marley, also known around the world as Junior Gong and more recently as Gongzilla was born in 1978 to parents Bob Marley and Cindy Breakspeare, Miss World 1976. Damian has worked assiduously to carve his own niche in music history and to add a new perspective to the Marley legacy for the 21st century. PHOTO: Supplied

The third annual Zakifo Music Festival, featuring one of the most multi-genre global music line-ups 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, comes to Durban’s, Blue Lagoon Beach from 26 to 28 May.

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 Sakifo Festival, Azgo festival, Bassline Africa Day concert, and Bushfire festival.

“Sakifo means what is needed in Creole,” said Galabert.

“With Zakifo Durban our intention is the same. We want to answer the call of the city’s creative voices; strengthening ties between the cultural communities of the Indian Ocean, from India to Australia to China and of course Reunion, Madagascar and Mauritius.

“Through our world-class line-up we strive to inspire and create lasting opportunities for collaboration; cross cultural exchanges; economic opportunities and skills development.”

There are two stages, a cultural area, food carts and stalls, craft beer bars, local traders and interactive installation art exhibits.

Tickets are on sale through Computicket: R550 full weekend – current till 24 April; R700 full weekend – 25 April – 25 May.

Day passes are on sale, buy tickets at the door.

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