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Saturday, May 4, 2019


(Ben Harper)

Grammy-Award winning, multi-platinum-selling artists Ben Harper and his band are coming to South Africa in June 2019 to headline at the Zakifo Music Festival on June 1, 2019, at the Durban Botanic Gardens.

He will be performing alongside Aṣa (Nigeria/France), Beatenberg, Maia & the Big Sky (Kenya), Red Robyn and lindigo (Réunion)

The fifth annual Zakifo Music Festival hits Durban’s shores over two consecutive weekends from May 24 until June 2 with a series of intimate pop-up bespoke concerts in venues around Durban. The festival will take place at Durban’s Botanic Gardens, The Werehouse, The Winston and Origin Nightclub, with workshops and industry events taking place during the week at Curiocity Hotel in the CBD. Zakifo offers a wide-ranging line-up of cutting-edge musicians from across the world with a focus on the African Diaspora.

The genre-blending, singer, songwriter and guitarist plays an eclectic mix of folk, blues, hard rock, country, jazz and reggae. Growing up in a musical family, he quickly developed his craft as a singer-songwriter and guitarist, played his first gig at the age of 12 and by his early 20s performed live with iconic bluesman Taj Mahal.

Beginning with his 1994 debut, Welcome to the Cruel World, Harper released a string of eight studio albums over a decade and a half. This extraordinary run, featuring contributions from the Innocent Criminals established him as a singularly powerful songwriter and performer with range across multiple genres and an unmatched ability to blend the personal and political.

The accolades poured in - Rolling Stone hailed his "jewels of unique and exquisitely tender rock & roll,” while Entertainment Weekly praised his "casual profundity," and Billboard said his music "reminds us of the power and beauty of simplicity."

Massive, international sold-out tours, Top 10 debuts in the US, Gold and Platinum certifications overseas, and a slew of TV appearances cemented Harper and the band's status as genuine global stars.

Gates open at 15h30 and tickets from R350 are available from

(Harper’s tour takes him to Cape Town on June 4 at GrandWest. He will wrap up his South African tour in Pretoria on 6 June at Sun Arena Time Square.)