Durban first for Ben Harper tour

Ben Harper will perform in Durban, Cape Town and Pretoria in June.


GRAMMY-WINNING American singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Ben Harper and his band will kick off a South African tour with a performance at Durban’s Botanic Gardens at 3.30pm on June 1, followed by concerts at 6pm on June 4 at Cape Town’s Grand Arena, and 6pm on June 6 at Pretoria’s Sun Arena Time Square, Menlyn Maine.

Tickets for the Durban concert are priced from R350 and booking is via 

The genre-blending Harper, a three-time Grammy Award-winner and seven-time nominee. will perform in Durban as part of the fifth Zakifo Music Festival, where he will be performing alongside Aṣa (Nigeria/France), Beatenberg (South AfricA), Maia & the Big Sky (Kenya), Red Robyn and Lindigo (Reunion).

Tickets for the Cape Town concert are priced from R245 (book via and from R195 for the Pretoria event (book via

Tickets will go on sale from 9am on Thursday, February 14.

Beginning with his 1994 debut, Welcome to the Cruel World, Harper released eight studio albums over 15 years. This extraordinary run, featuring contributions from the Innocent Criminals. established him as a singularly powerful songwriter and performer with a  range across multiple genres and an 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”

The Zakifo Music Festival is scheduled for Durban over two consecutive weekends – from Friday, May 24, until Sunday, June 2. It will feature a series of intimate, pop-up concerts in various venues.

The festival will take place at Durban’s Botanic Gardens, The Werehouse, The Winston and Origin Nightclub, with workshops and industry events scheduled for 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.

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