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All eyes on AKA at the Durban Botanic Gardens this weekend


Multi award-winning hip-hop supremo AKA is set to headline the Old Mutual Music at the Lake concert on Sunday, 6 March at the Durban Botanic Gardens. The artist will perform alongside East Coast Radio DJ Zaba, offering what organisers tout as ‘a captivating escape from reality.

This is the ‘Baddest’ rapper’s debut performance at the Durban Concert Series and he expressed excitement to be able to bring his music to the natural amphitheatre of the Durban Botanic Gardens, especially as it provides a unique opportunity for his fans to experience him performing  some of his latest music and a few flashbacks from his first album.

Born Kiernan Forbes, AKA has made a major impact on the international music scene, with two playlisted singles on BBC1Xtra who also announced him on the much anticipated Hot for 2016 list . His run of success continued this month at a music awards event hosted by the biggest urban radio station in South Africa, Metro FM, where he won two awards for Best Collaboration (AKA FT. Burna Boy, Khuli Chana & Yanga – ‘Baddest’), Best Hit Single (AKA FT. Burnaboy, Khuli Chana & Yanga – ‘Baddest’).

The rising star whose latest offering is expected to be released soon, has also launched #3RDWRLDBOSS, a range of electronics consisting of headphones, ear buds and Bluetooth speakers.

The natural beauty of the botanical gardens creates a stunning setting for the Old Mutual Music at the Lake concerts. Audiences are encouraged to come early, bring picnic baskets and blankets, and spend the day unwinding in lovely surroundings with family and friends. 

Other top SA acts also performing this season include MiCasa and Parlotones.

  • Ticket prices: R130 adults at Webtickets
  • On the day sales at the garden: R150
  • Children aged 8-12 pay R60; kids under 8 are free.  All children are welcome at the KidZone for some extra fun and games.
  • Gates open at 13h00 for pre-sold ticket holders; 13h30 for on-the-day sale
  • Music starts at 14h00
  • Drinks, cooler boxes and picnic baskets are welcome.

Secure parking is available on the Juventus ground. Entrance to all parking is off lower John Zikhali (Sydenham) Road, adjacent to the Botanic Gardens and the Munies Hockey Field, also off lower John Zikhali (Sydenham) Road.

About Durban Botanic Gardens

As KwaZulu-Natal’s premium outdoor music venue, the Durban Botanic Gardens has already presented outdoor concerts of some of the most talented and accomplished musicians in the country. These include Johnny Clegg, Khan, the Durban City Orchestra, Gangs of Ballet and Mi Casa, who received five nominations at SAMA20, and four-time Grammy Award winners, Ladysmith Black Mambazo.