Award-winning US soul singer Aloe Blacc heads to the fourth annual Zakifo Music Festival in Durban this weekend, where he’ll be sharing the stage with the likes of Nakhane, Pussy Party and more. I caught up with the singer of hits I Need A Dollar and Wake Me Up, who just released a brand new track this month.
You must be excited to come to South Africa. Anything in particular that you’re looking forward to experiencing?
Wow, I’m only in South Africa for 48 hours and then straight off to Paris. I can’t wait to see the Durban public, their fashion style and also how the people are going to respond to music.
What can audiences expect from your performance at Zakifo this weekend?
My show is usually high energy with a lot of audience response. Get ready to sing along and dance to the music, you won’t be sitting back and watching.
Who are some of your old school soul inspirations?
My very favorite artists in songwriting and performance are Gene McDaniels and Donny Hathaway.
Your philanthropic work through organisation Malaria No More is a cause you believe in, can you tell us more about it?
Malaria No More is a worldwide organisation fighting against the disease, helping in providing communities with better medicines and making sure you can deal with the sickness and know what is the right care at home. What I’ve been doing is to create awareness through my music videos and other activities in their campaign. People can donate insect medications and the help needed to distribute them. You can make a donation on their website.
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