Zakifo is the brainchild of festival director Jérôme Galabert, journalist and magazine publisher Andy Davis, and of Sipho Sithole, whose contributions to African music range from producing albums for Thandiswa Mazwai, to signing the hip hop group Skwatta Kamp. That was back before left Gallo Records to found his own Native Rhythm label, onto which he signed acts such as The Soil and Zuluboy.

Read: Kigali Fashion Week promotes ‘Made in Rwanda’

Zakifo’s also the South African cousin of La Réunion’s Sakifo. The city of Durban hosted the festival for the third time running this past weekend. Baloji, Kommanda Obbs, Ray Phiri, Jojo Abbot and Damian Marley were among some of the artists on the bill.

Zakifo pictures
Feeling the groove

 

Zakifo pictures
Ready to surrender everything to the music

 

Zakifo pictures
Thandiswa Mazwai carried us all into distant futures

Read: Nigeria: Babajide Olatunji’s Photorealistic Art

Zakifo pictures
Omara “Bombino” Moctar, the indestructible Tuareg who set minds ablaze

 

Zakifo pictures
Laughter wasn’t hard to come by

 

Zakifo pictures
Ray Phiri’s backing vocalist was a show unto herself, exuding pure class and excellence throughout the set

 

Zakifo pictures
Ray Phiri of Stimela acclaim showed us all how pantsula, jazz and township blues are interconnected

 

Zakifo pictures
Baloji went beyond hip hop confines with a set that melded agile dance moves with perfect-precision rhyme schemes

 

Zakifo pictures
Kommanda Obbs made sure that everyone left knowing where on the map Lesotho’s located

 

Zakifo pictures
Higher heights

 

Zakifo pictures
Damian Marley feelin’ the vibes

 

Zakifo pictures
Damian Mareley’s backing vocalists deserve all the props

Save

Save

Save