[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]With four centuries of diverse history and migration from all corners of the earth, Réunion Island (Île de la Réunion) is an interesting cultural melting pot, blending African, European, Indian, Chinese, Comorian and Malagasy cultures together to create a mini-rainbow nation. Perhaps this cultural harmony and blend of varying ethnicities and religious beliefs is best exemplified in the Sakifo Music Festival.
Created in 2004 through the initiative of Jerome Galabert, Sakifo Music Festival was held annually in the first week of August. The first four editions took place in the city of Saint Leu, while subsequent editions of the festival have been staged in Saint Pierre between May and June.
One of the most famous Indian Ocean festivals, Sakifo has transformed La Réunion into one of the best international music festival destinations in the world, thanks to the rich depth of quality and diversity of the lineup of the artists featured from year to year. While welcoming a host of international stars, Sakifo features local artistes, as well as others from the Indian Ocean islands.
Sakifo Music Festival lasts between three to five days, usually a weekend, and features performances from several artists from around the world, offering a musical potpourri of pop, rock, electro, chanson française, blues, funk, and music from Africa and the Indian Ocean.
The 4th edition in 2007 was the first time the festival lasted five days from 1st to 5th of August. Over fifty local and international artists performed on five stages in Saint Leu. Subsequently, Sakifo Music Festival was moved south to Saint Pierre in 2008. Over 70 artists from all over the world participated in the 2009 edition, which took place from 5th to 9th of August.
Sakifo Music Festival returned to a 3-day affair in 2011 and was held for the first time in June from the 10th to the 12th featuring the likes of Cesária Évora, Tony Allen, among others. In 2014, the festival held for the first time in May. It was scheduled for the 23rd to 25th but the opening day was cancelled due to heavy wind and rain. Last year, the festival took place from the 5th to 7th of June.
In 2007, the Alain Peters Prize was instituted in honor of the enigmatic artiste from La Réunion who died in 1995. The prize is awarded to an outstanding upcoming talent. All in all, over 400 artists from all over the world have featured at Sakifo Music, and some of them include: Danyèl Waro, Keziah Jones, George Clinton, Ayo, Ti Fock, Nneka, Seun Kuti & the Egypt 80 Band, EWF (Earth, Wind & Fire), etc.
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