Start your Zakifo 2018 experience in style on May 25 at the glamorous opening event at the BAT Centre. Read more about the festival here.

  • 24 May 2018
  • General, KZNSA, Live Music

Start your Zakifo 2018 experience in style on May 25 at the glamorous opening event at the BAT Centre. Zakifo Music Festival brings the world’s biggest international musicians to the region, from pop to reggae and world music as well as indigenous sounds from Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands.

In partnership with the Nelson Mandela Foundation Zakifo are channeling Afro-formal elegance for an evening celebrating 100 Years of Madiba with his favourite artist, the legendary Sipho ‘Hotstix’ Mabuse.

After over 50 years in the South African music industry, Hotstix is one of the nation’s most beloved musical icons. His 1984 smash hit “Burn Out” changed the shape of Afro-pop and township jive, and remains an iconic South African pop standard. A philanthropist and a regular commentator on arts and culture in the country, Hotstix has sat on the boards of The National Arts Council and SAMRO.

Joining him are singer-songwriter Elida Almeida from Cape Verde, and Guinean kora master Sekou Kouyate. With Cape Verdean batuque folk melodies and vibrant energy accompanying an enchanting, powerful voice, Elida Almeida brings an unforgettable performance every time. Sekou Kouyate, having invented the electric kora at age 12, has taken the possibilities of this ancient West African instrument and stretched them wide, incorporating experimental distortions, fast riffs and rock- and reggae-influenced playing styles to expand its already rich sounds. 5FM's Nick Hamman is set to entertain guests between acts with a multi-genre DJ set that speaks to his passion for connecting people through music.


After the opening at BAT Centre and two nights at Views @ Twenty5, Zakifo heads to Blue Lagoon Beach on Sunday for a shoreside festival day with superstar singer-songwriter Aloe Blacc, Dub Inc, Nakhane, Femi Koya, Alice Phoebe Lou, Siseko Pame, Guy Buttery & Kanada Narahari and The Sun Xa Experiment.


Ticketing information:

BAT Centre: R300

Full weekend pass: R500 (excl. BAT Centre)

Views at Twenty5: R150 each for 25 & 26 May

Blue Lagoon: R300

Fees: R25 per booking (charged by Nutickets)


Weekend passes and single day tickets are on sale via Nutickets CLICK HERE to purchase.


Stay connected
Keep an eye on Zakifo's social media platforms for more announcements on the line-up, venues, ticket sales, and the range of satellite events happening during the week of the festival. Visit their website HERE for more. 


Photograph by Niamh Walsh-Vorster

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