Durban in South Africa hosted the renowned annual Zafiko music festival, bringing together a wide array of amazing talent from across the African continent, and across the world, what a remarkable celebration of music it was.

Zafiko musical festival brings the world’s biggest international musicians to the region, with a diverse and eclectic program ranging from pop to reggae and world music as well as indigenous sounds from Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands.

Today we bring you some of the pictures taken by This is Africa during the festival.

We feature some of the acts performed during the festival.

Renowned local vocalist, Thandiswa Mazwai (South Africa) warmed up the crowd with her soulful grooves and far-out fashion on the opening night.

London-based duo, Nova Twins, blew minds and kicked eardrums with their distorted and raw rock ‘n roll soundscape.

 

The next generation of rock stars and artists representing… kids get in free!

 

London-based duo, Nova Twins, blew minds and kicked eardrums with their distorted and raw rock ‘n roll soundscape.

 

Soweto-based a capella group, The Soil, blessed the audience with angelic harmonies and good vibrations on Saturday night. Their message was clear: peace, love, harmony and justice for all.

 

Member of the Soweto-based a capella group, The Soil.

 

Every moment soaked in, captured and shared at #Zakifo3!

 

South African jazz legend, Ray Phiri, showed that he still had enough energy to fuel a steam train as he danced all over the stage during his set.

Bombino, the Tuareg guitarist and singer-songwriter from Niger, rocked the stage with bluesy riffs conjured deep in West Africa.

Petite Noir was a standout – the unique and powerful artist from Cape Town is a force and a voice to behold.

 

Everybody loved Tanzanian born (London based) singer/rapper Tiggs Da Author, who had young and old jumping around to old school raps and feel-good funk.

Birdy Nam Nam, the epic DJ crew from France, cracked open the sky on Saturday night with thunder-beats and turntable techniques.

‘Born frees’ (new generation Mzansi kids) from the local music scene do a rain dance as a cold storm approaches on day two of the festival.

 

Damian Jr. Gong Marley wrapped up the festival with a thumping dub/reggae set spreading the message of revolution.

Photos: Samora Chapman/This is Africa